Carissa Bluestone, 27 Aug 09
In 2007 The New York Times wrote a snarky piece on disaster tourism. “Vanishing” was the watchword that year as the media compiled must-see lists of disappearing landscapes and publishing companies raced to put out guidebooks on the same theme. Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen weighed in with the able Disappearing Destinations: 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them. (For a preview of the book see the writers’ blog, Endangered Places.) Frommer’s then seriously upped the ante by finding 500 places to profile, including not just natural resources but “cityscapes in peril, vanishing cultural kitsch, petroglyphs and more — 500 thoughtfully chosen treasures that will inspire and enlighten travelers of all ages.”
Inspire them to do what, exactly?