I drove by the old Durant Hotel last night and they do have the sidewalks barricaded for safety purposes. I thought to myself that as far back as I can remember 42+ years the building has been abandoned and boarded up.I would actually pay to tour the place before they gut it. I bet that "back in the day" it was the happening place.
I was born and lived in Flint the first 26 years of my life and the Durant was a place of rare beauty. I remember going there for a March of Dimes Telethon and the Hotel was in use at the time. Michael Landon and many other stars performing, stayed there. This was back when he was big on Bonanza, I left flint in '76' and it was They had built the new Hotel across the street and then started vacating the Durant after it was build. It might be 30 some years but not 40.
I'd love to see Michael Landon hanging out in the Durant.
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.