River Bend Road and Nature Reclaims.
On the one hand, I like to watch nature gradually reclaiming a wall or a building but, on the other hand, in a rational society, that would not happen. Every empty or abandoned building would be put to use. For example, no one should ever be homeless. But what will happen when all human society ends?
"Nature was winning with its infinite patience..."
-SM Stirling, The High King Of Montival (New York, 2011), Chapter Twelve, p. 235.
"...a mantle of green that must have started as tree-lined streets and gardens and now was a burgeoning forest..." (op. cit., p. 240)
There are oak, maple, fir, spruce, locust and apartment towers half overgrown with ivy. Rudi Mackenzie sees and hears birds and imagines deer, boar, rabbit, fox, badger and raccoon.
"Here you could see how root and branch and leaf and burrowing beast were slowly reclaiming the land, and it gave you a detachment where the lifetimes of men waxed and vanished like morning light on the leaves." (ibid.)
This is almost poetry.
In Chapter Thirteen, the suburbs are "...mostly forest..." (p. 245). Stirling goes further and says that farmland has become forest of a transitional type because never before were so many prime acres abandoned overnight. Waves of saplings have spread from lines of trees by roads or boundaries. Please read this passage because I cannot possibly summarize the whole account.