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Sunny day in Flint, MI (part II)

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Again, you all might have to refresh a few times before all the pics show.

The Citizens Bank Building, built in 1928.

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The Durant Hotel & Northbank Center peaking out from behind the University Pavillion.

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The Riverfront Character Inn.

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Looking South down South Saginaw Street.

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State of Michigan Office Building.

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The trash-filled, half frozen Flint River.

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Northbank Center

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Looking North down MLK Avenue. I didn't walk down there at all...the neighborhood starts to get bad real quick.

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Looking up at some of the details on Northbank Center.

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These buildings are a part of the University of Michigan - Flint.

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Looking toward Flint's two tallest buildings, Genesee Towers (left) & the Mott Foundation Building (right). The city wants Genesee Towers to be torn down. It has many safety code violations, & pieces of the facade are falling off & onto the sidewalk below. It was last occupied in 1997.

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The long abandoned Durant Hotel. Alfred Kloss of Daystar development has bought the building & plans to turn it into condominiums.

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Building north of downtown. I forget the name of it....Riverview Towers or something like that. It is not listed on skyscrapers.com, so I do not know for sure.

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The rear of the Durant Hotel. The building sits at the triangular shaped intersection of North Saginaw Street & MLK Avenue, hence the V-shape of the building's footprint.

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More details on Northbank Center.

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The front of the Durant Hotel. Downtown Flint really needs some redevelopment, so hopefully this latest proposal will go through.

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Looking South on North Saginaw Street. Flint has a linear downtown along that's mainly on one street.

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University Pavillion

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Part I

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Try telling people from Flint they have a nice downtown. LOL...most won't believe you.

The good thing is that there is only one major surface lot downtown, and that will be filled (soon, I hope). Half of the lot will become a downtown park, while the other half will become student housing for the University of Michigan - Flint. A lot of the key vacant buildings have plans to convert them into lofts in place.

There isn't much to downtown Flint. It's very small for a metro of 436,000. Most of the Flint metro is sprawl :(. By the end of part 3, I will have covered downtown pretty well. I went into some neighborhoods & took some pics, but I'm storing those away for a later thread.

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It's not a nice downtown :)

...but it could be. If these various developers and soon-to-be small business owners don't run into problems and can get started by this Spring, maybe I'll have a reason to go downtown outside of the 4th of July and the Crim (forget the fact that sometimes I find myself downtown for no apparent reason lol). I've seen a lot of articles about development, a lot of "coming soon" signs, and even some physical signs that somebody's trying to do something. Hopefully it won't be a boring Summer as far as development goes...

At least Detroit is only an hour away :)

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