Photo courtesy of Jar With Most
The old YWCA, with the Wilson Park band shell in the background to the right, is yet another footnote in Flint's shameful urban "planning" legacy; it was torn down to make a parking lot.
Thanks for commenting. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at www.teardownbook.com.
I have great memories of the "new" YWCA where I spent hours and hours in the pool, playing and working, but this photo makes me very sad. What a great building.ReplyDelete
Jar with the Most is a most interesting link to a great variety of photos from Flint. Apparently a "west side guy" with all of the great shots of Zimmerman Penitentary I mean Jr. High....also the only remaining remnant of Tommy Hunt's sporting goods. Great pictures great link to Jar.....slickReplyDelete
Yes, Jar With Most has some amazing photos. Even if you have no interest in Flint, he has some strangely beautiful shots of the city in decay. And they bring back so many memories.ReplyDelete
Here's an interesting thing to remember: Those two diamond signs towards the north were green and white, and pointed the way to quite a few parking lots in and near downtown Flint.ReplyDelete
Yes, but you can never have too much parking for all the shoppers flooding downtown Flint in 1977.ReplyDelete
I used to go swimming there, too. I had almost forgotten about that building, but I remember those diamond signs really well. That Jar With Most always has a slew of great photographs. This is completely off the subject, but does anyone remember which street Michigan Music was on? I used to take piano lessons there from Tamara Najar before switching to FIM. It was a big gorgeous 19th century home with loads of rooms and red velvety carpet on its massive wooden staircase. The shop was on the first floor, the pianos and practice rooms on the second.ReplyDelete