We’ve done a few posts on the ghost town of Cairo, Illinois, including a piece featuring Ace of Cups, a not-for-profit coffee shop that was trying to jolt some life back into the city. Sadly even the biggest hearts and best intentions couldn’t fuel an instant revival, yet the impact the cafe and its owners made was immense. They even helped Cairo become viral among the reddit community. We were fortunate enough to get an interview with Zach Rapattoni, one of the co-founders of Ace of Cups, who shared his experience with us, including the challenges of moving to the town, the local culture, and his thoughts on Project Cairo. [Read more...]
At the end of November we did a feature on the ghost town of Cairo, Illinois whose images of decay not only haunted us, but also many members of reddit’s community. The town became a buzz topic and creative spirits who hang out on the social news website started to come up with ideas that might help the town see a revival. This thread for Project Cairo is now filled with research, including a substantial amount of information about Ace of Cups, a not-for-profit coffee shop that closed this fall. [Read more...]
Ever come across something so offbeat that you craved an answer to its existence, but no one could give it to you? Next time, try asking Reddit. After coming across the ghost town of Cairo, Illinois, with demolished streets and buildings that barely hinted at once housing townspeople, Reddit user inkslave was left with a head spinning with questions. After no success on Wikipedia, he turned to Reddit: What the hell happened to Cairo, Illinois?