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Washington, MI - an urbanizing hamlet - Part 2 (broadband required)

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Now we get into the old part of the hamlet.

Old storefront

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A new "urban" commercial building

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Various shots

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(The old school and my yellow lab.)

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Another "urban" commercial building

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(Washington Township Hall)

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(a typical example of "the rural Michigan party store")

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(an old farmstead with a 1990s subdivision behind)

The Octagon House - a historic landmark in Washington Twp.

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(Can't be Michigan twp. sprawl without the requisite overly wide street leading to a 1990s residential subdivision)

Finally, let's end with the image of commercial sprawl - The Big Box (a Meijers store in this case)

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(this Meijers probably occupies more land area than the entire old portion of the hamlet just north)

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Now we get into the old part of the hamlet.

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(this Meijers probably occupies more land area than the entire old portion of the hamlet just north)

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Nice. The old town has some character!

The road leading into the '90's subdivision looks more like a freeway on-ramp than a residential road.

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There is some nice buildings throughout, but man, this is horrible. :(

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The road leading into the '90's subdivision looks more like a freeway on-ramp than a residential road.

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The road leading into the '90's subdivision looks more like a freeway on-ramp than a residential road.

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And Michi - why is it "so horrible"?

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I don't think I have seen this Meijer format before. Any idea as to when it was built?

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It must be a over a decade old. They have one of those formats in south Lansing.

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Have one in Traverse City as well. The store was remodeled around 2000 and built to look much like the one above.

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