Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Feb 9 20:40:52 UTC 2008

At 2/9/2008 02:56 PM, Philip E. Cleary wrote:
>Because the word is being used in a passive sense to mean the abandoned
>building itself, not the act of abandoning the building.

Not obvious in the original quotation, since it is in a separate
clause; the first clause may mean the process and the second
explicitly but separately refers to buildings.

> From another page on the site: "Baltimore, Maryland has a number of
>interesting abandonments, but none so sizable and prominent as Fort
>Carroll. "

Here I agree with you; the "none" must refer to the "abandonments".


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