I went up to MCNY last week to check out Ray Mortenson's Broken Glass show-- pictures from the South Bronx circa 1982-1984. Back then every building was abandoned or burning, and documenting the ruins must have felt like an important social project. Fast forward twenty-five years, and abandoned buildings have become an almost extinct species-- demolished or developed as the waves of gentrification rolled far back into each borough. Of course, there are still pockets of decay-- yesterday we saw five or ten empty buildings all within a short walk of the 137th Street station. I wonder what happens now that the real estate bubble has popped-- does the balance tilt back towards the ruins?