Visiting the York Street Jail - 02.07.2007
As I walked around the former jail in Springfield, MA, I couldn't help but be touched by a sense of quiet loneliness, as if the old building itself was reaching out to me, asking me not to leave. A few days earlier, I had a conversation with a couple of guys who once worked there. They both agreed that as bad as the building was at times, they were still going to miss it after it is finally brought down.
The York Street Jail is 120 years old, so I guess it's earned our sentiments. It was once a busy building, with prisoners, guards, and other personnel filling its corridors and offices. But those bleak halls will never again hear the clamouring of footfalls, nor the voices of men - save for those who will come to destroy it.
The York Street Jail is doomed.
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