SLIDESHOW: City Beautiful

If you keep your eyes open, there is beauty to be found in our cities—often in areas that are dismissed and in poor repair. While some choose to exploit urban decay, the city remains a place that is always full of potential for life and vitality, as illustrated in Julie Polter’s essay “Beyond ‘Ruin Porn’” (August 2013, Sojourners).

Check out the slideshow below—featuring artwork from Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program and photography by Camilo José Vergara—to marvel at the cities and spaces described in “Beyond ‘Ruin Porn.’”

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