DOs and DONTs: Real Location Names

Published on: December 27th, 2009 | Last updated: December 28, 2009 Written by:

DON”T: Use real locations names until after the place is gone.

When you’re posting a spot on the internet, It’s generally accepted good ‘ue’ form to not disclose the name of the location – or to make up a name that can’t easily be guessed at. The occasional exception might be a location that no longer exists – say, a building that has been taken down, or a location already outed significantly in the news.

LTV has been operating this way for close to a decade now, along with nearly ever other self described ‘urban explorer’. Any true student of the game will already know why:

Naming places invites trouble. Trouble comes in the form of vandals, taggers, scrappers and even arsonists hiding behind the cloak of being a ‘preservationist’ (sadly it’s happened). There’s no shortage of places that have been locked up, better secured or downright burned to the ground because attention was drawn to them via postings on the internet. Historic buildings have been completely destroyed, lives of first responders put in danger, and plenty of people – vandals and non vandals, have gone to jail due to internet heat.

A lot of new people try to argue this point and nearly all of them in the end realize what so many of us already know. To those that think naming places and posting them online is a-ok, I ask: what good has ever come of doing so?

I’ve never – not once – been given a good answer to that question. If you’re one of those people that name places and want to challenge me, you know my email address. In the nearly 10 years this site has been up I’ve not once received a compelling argument against this idea. Until you can come up with a compelling argument, be prepared to be looked down upon, and pointed out when the crap hits the fan.

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    Bad Guy Joe knows more about the NYC underground than anyone else on or below the surface of this planet. He has spent nearly 30 years sneaking into NYC's more forbidden locations. When not underground, he's probably bitching about politicians or building something digital. 
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