Update: Due to reader feedback, this post has been modified to reflect that the majority of the plant and a portion of the neighborhood are in fact in Venice. Portions of the plant and the neighborhood are in Madison.
Heading west from the main drag of Madison, and you enter another world of extreme poverty, abandonment, and the threat of nuclear radiation. This is not the stuff of conspiracy theories, but thoroughly documented at government websites, such as this one at the Centers from Disease Control.
The massive factory, which for generations processed Thorium and other radioactive metals, is closed now, and may or may not be cleaned up, but it almost certainly poisoned workers who died from the contamination.
There’s a security guard at the front gate (not pictured, of course), and there’s a certain menacing air that hangs over the giant buildings, which are isolated out of the public consciousness.
I expect this whole area of Venice and Madison to be abandoned in the next decade; it is in rough shape and there are no public services or even stores in the area.