There you have it, the difference between ruin porn (bitter) and Rust Belt art (bittersweet). Sugar. I encourage you to read this Huffington Post from Randy Fox, one of the creators of American Elegy. I'm adding the blog to my reader. Great stuff.
Perusing American Elegy, one post in particular drew me in. It's about Detroit and ruins. The photo:
Click here for a larger image. Looking at it, I feel a sense of home. Not your typical ruin shot. Perhaps the sign is what generates the Rust Belt Chic attractiveness. Bittersweet.