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< Reply # 20 on 9/25/2014 2:21 AM >
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Pretty much every place I've been. It's always a good move to carry cigarettes (just in case you do run into a squatter's home unintentionally). I've found they're most always appreciated and usually lead to some interesting conversations.

I think my most nerve inducing one was when my buddy and I went into a factory right after a snowstorm and found fretting footprints in a snowdrift on the 3rd or 4th floor of the building. Needless to say we beat feet out of there quick.




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< Reply # 21 on 9/28/2014 12:44 PM >
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I have found some squats but usually they are covered in layers of dust so I know no one has been there for a long time so I kept exploring. The only time I bailed was when I saw a bunch of needles. It just wasn't worth it.




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< Reply # 22 on 1/3/2015 11:47 PM >
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I was at an abandoned asylum last week in the DC area - place was really really large. Upwards of ten buildings in the middle of the woods, like a small town in itself. It was really neat but just unsettling in general. After exploring two buildings on the outskirts I decided to venture to the middle and go into the main building.

As I was doing so, caught sight of a man on the second floor, though he disappeared as soon as I saw him. I got nervous and left soon afterward, but he was probably just as on edge as I was. It probably wasn't anything to worry about, but the first time I had ever come across anyone else while exploring.

Just a little unsettling.




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< Reply # 23 on 1/4/2015 5:17 AM >
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There's a warehouse around here that someone has been squatting for years, only seen him there once but he has a "bedroom" on the ground floor. Looks like it might of been a couple at one point, seeing as there where bottles of perfumes and such around also had one of the largest dildos I've ever seen, no joke.




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< Reply # 24 on 1/4/2015 5:51 AM >
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In Gary last year I accidentally barged in on a guy living (ironically) in a former mortgage bank. Didn't think much of the piles of stuff in this one office until I tried to push the heavy glass doors open, and saw bedsheets rise-up. Was by myself so I apologized, went back in the next room to grab the camera shit and quickly GTFO, dismantling outside. If we even saw each other at all, we never made eye-contact.

I later felt like a dick and regret not going back with some food or something.



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< Reply # 25 on 1/4/2015 3:34 PM >
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This is Philly! I've met and partied with more fucking squatters than actual explorers. One abandoned shithole apartment building in West Philly had eight floors of rooms and extended for a city block and was at, at least 50% occupancy! Even had some rigged wiring to the pole outside and an entire floor dedicated to just shitting and pissing. It was a popular rail-traveler's stop and most of it's occupants were caucasian and from all across the United States. I couldn't count on ten hands how many crackheads, generic homeless bums, squatting teen couples with Daddy's debit card and loner-scrappers I've run into. Fuck. Some folks were "return squatters" or holed up in one place for so long, I got to know them and brought extra beers and smokes just for them. They'd sit in while we were doing the "night-time thang" and just party like you were at the cafeteria table with some co-workers. People are people and if you treat them with respect and as an equal, they may be stinky and piss-poor but are still decent company. Add a couple of 40's to the mix and smiles and stories all around.




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< Reply # 26 on 1/4/2015 6:06 PM >
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< Reply # 27 on 1/5/2015 1:14 AM >
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Early on, when I was just starting to urbex without knowing what it was, I climbed under a graffiti covered bridge. I'd seen sleeping bags and firepits there before, but this time I saw some guy sleeping under a ratty old blanket. Some other guy came down though, so I left.

I've also found squatter camps along side the local railroad tracks- mattresses and duffel bags under trees. But those were all empty.




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< Reply # 28 on 1/5/2015 2:55 AM >
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I honestly never stumbled upon any squatters or homeless people but I think probably because Montreal's a bit too cold for that. And locations I went to are almost feel "too" accessible. Homeless people don't want to get bothered by urban explorers either.

Every time I went there I bumped into other people either. Once it was some dudes going graffiti, another time it was a seasoned explorer with him little brother and another time it was some creepy dudes with a fat girl taking naked pictures. Noped right outa there.




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< Reply # 29 on 1/5/2015 4:08 AM >
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I was exploring an abandoned rec center and found evidence of a squatter living in the locker rooms. There was a mattress, various articles of womens clothing, several playboy magazines, and tubs of vasoline. I'm glad that the occupant wasn't there when we stumbled across his masturbation station O.o




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< Reply # 30 on 1/5/2015 4:17 AM >
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Most of the squatters I've run into were evictees with nowhere else to go and who were fighting legal battles with the government.

Around 2010-2012, there was an abandoned section right on the edge of the main party district of Seoul. One of the buildings, a three-storey-tall building overlooking a busy road, had a noodle restaurant on the main floor. Hired goons attacked on Christmas Eve 2010 and evicted them violently, customers and all. The owner came back the next day and began a sit-in that lasted over 500 days.

I used to run into them all the time when exploring the neighbouring buildings, as well as a subway tunnel accessible right next door. They converted the second floor of the building into a squat and the third floor became a music practice space/live music venue. I booked a very fun punk/hardcore/ska show there once. For May 1 2011 they had a concert with over 51 bands on the property, and made a movie about it. Hell, I should make a post about that.




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< Reply # 31 on 3/21/2015 5:39 PM >
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looks like some people get pleasure out of running into homeless! that's got to be dangerous?

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< Reply # 32 on 3/22/2015 8:59 PM >
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A few weeks ago I was exploring an old mill with no signs of squatters. I managed to climb up to one of the catwalks and as I was setting g up to take a picture I noticed someone in the corner of my eye. I immediately tucked myself away and watched the man pace back and forth. once he left I got down and made my way to the exit.

On my way out the same man walked up to me with a stop sign shield around his arm and some kind of club in his hand. No shit.
I asked him how he was doing and he just tightened his grip and grunted at me. Only then did I notice the small tent in the corner of the lot.

I then apologized and got out of there.



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