Best mid-Michigan downtowns?
Posted 21 May 2005 - 08:37 AM
Posted 21 May 2005 - 10:24 AM
1. Bay City - I haven't been there in person, but from pictures it looks very nice. There's a lot of condo activity going on and the waterfront seems to be in great use. It looks like it has a bright future ahead of it.
2. Saginaw - I haven't been to Saginaw's downtown during business hours, so I don't know how active it gets. Even though there are only 2 buildings that come close to being called a highrise (in generic terms, not skyscraper terms), it's fairly dense and connected. There are a number of nice streetscapes, there as well. The arena and convention center are a big plus, too.
3. Flint - Still has some gems that survived urban renewal. During business hours there is a lot of pedestrian activity on Saginaw St. considering the number of vacant buildings spread out through the street. The good thing is that there are plans for the majority of those vacant buildings. What I don't like is the lack of density and foot traffic once you go a block east or west of Saginaw St.
I haven't been to Midland nor seen any pics (at least that I can remember). I wasn't sure if we were supposed to count smaller downtowns like Flushing, Clio, Frankenmuth, etc.
Posted 21 May 2005 - 04:34 PM
Saginaw people would just fall into the East side West Side argument debating at what is really downtown. The area where some of the taller buildings are is the real downtown, but lacks a lot of small business and restaurants and only has banks, federal buildings, and your typical office buildings. But Old Town saginaw on the west side has character, is very walkable, has some nice public areas, and historic architecture. It also is a lot safer because there is more actvity going on.
But as far as succesful downtowns, Bay City is doing real well. The new condo developments have brought a lot of activity into the city. Bay City is succesful because its neighborhoods have remained healthy and people stay in the city. There have been lots of renovations, and Bay City has not sprawled as much as the rest of Mid Michigan cities. Not to mention, the riverfront is awesome.
Posted 21 May 2005 - 06:01 PM
Posted 21 May 2005 - 07:27 PM
The one thing I hate about Downtown Flint is thre is to much traffic lights,so people go around it, if there wasn't so much traffic lights there would more people downtown.
Edited by Pachuco, 21 May 2005 - 07:32 PM.
Posted 21 May 2005 - 07:36 PM
Edited by Lmichigan, 21 May 2005 - 07:36 PM.
Posted 22 May 2005 - 12:07 AM
BTW, there are ton of signs in Saginaw that have the mileage to Lansing too, which is kind of strange. Since I don't beleive there are any roads going directly between the two.
Here I'll post a few tri city downtowns
Beautiful building, but lame atmosphere.
Renovate me! I'm on the water front! At least the deocration on top was restored last year.
City Hall. The Mayor's son is a Detroit Piston for those who didn't know.
I can't forget the sewage plant.
That's East Sagnasty. Not so nasty becasue I showed you the good photos. I'll do oldtown and downtown Bay City tomorow.
Edited by wolverine, 22 May 2005 - 01:13 AM.
Posted 22 May 2005 - 12:15 AM
Posted 22 May 2005 - 12:37 AM
Posted 22 May 2005 - 12:42 AM
And I still haven't finished posting my downtowns yet.
Edited by wolverine, 22 May 2005 - 12:42 AM.
Posted 22 May 2005 - 12:26 PM
Flint includes Shiawassee and Lapeer Counties in "local" news and media, and these combine with the Tri-Cities for "Mid Michigan" as far as I can tell. It would be nice if Flint could ever get another county included in its CSA...
I believe all of those are from Saginaw. I wish the city could get more than just one developer (Shaheen) interested in its downtown. There's lots of potential there.
Posted 29 May 2005 - 03:25 PM
Saginaw, Flint, and Midland are tied. Poor Midland needs to identify itself more though...it's downtown, though nice, kind of just sits there.
Posted 29 May 2005 - 06:04 PM
Posted 30 May 2005 - 11:36 AM
Fashion Square Mall opened just in time for my high school friends and me to hang out in.
Downtown Saginaw is the most tragic of the three. Great buildings! Great history! I saw Mary Poppins at the Franklin Theater. Today it has the same sad ambiance as many other fading industrial cities ...
Bay City I will be checking out next week, when I come back to Michigan for my mother's heart cath ...
Midland has a boutique downtown, very cute, but nothing like what I remember as a kid. I stayed at the Ashman Court Hotel (where JC Penney's used to be) last year: I could not find a place on Main St. to buy razor Blades (Dot Discount is long gone, as are Kresge's and Woolworth's) but I found four places to get a latte!
Posted 02 June 2005 - 02:52 PM
Flint was as expected.
Saginaw was a bit more urban than expected but the city really looks like it could use a boost.
Bay City while being somewhat run down has a hell of a historic area just outside of downtown and a nice clean downtown.