The Carter Carburetor Corporation may have ceased trading 30 years ago, but the property that bears its name is still standing.
It is fenced off from the world because of contamination said to be so bad that it goes down to the bedrock. The cleanup and demolition will cost millions, but already the once attractive windows and side panels have been removed, leaving the empty shell as a reminder of different times.
There is a lot of very important architecture out there in the world, but also some that would never make it to any list of buildings that have to be saved. Sometimes, a building is just old.
On a street in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England is this house. Once, someone decided that this old cottage would look good with a fresh coat of paint. But that was a long time ago, and the bowed front shows signs that the paint has peeled, and is dirty, and along the side of the cottage weeds are growing on the wall.
And yet, this is a solid and interesting cottage, with classic lines and a long and happy history seeping out of its walls.
Maybe it would not win any awards, but it is a place that could be called home.
From the famous Edinburgh Castle one can look out over the city, modern and ancient. Towers and spires merge into the buildings and the lowland mist obscures the horizon.
A cityscape full of the business of everyday life – and yet from this distance there is also the resonance of the old and the ancient. We can stop and observe the City Below, not quite part of it, but feeling a connection to the deep history of the place and its people.