Thursday, July 9, 2009

Flint Photos: Buckham Alley


  1. Thank you for the photos of Flint. So much has changed in Flint. I was just there this past week to funeralize my mother and my family were rushing to get out of the city before sundown. I thought that was very interesting. Also, 1 person each day has been killed since Father's Day. The funeral homes are very busy. It's a sad situation that began with General Motors sending jobs to Mexico many, many years ago. My Dad retired from GM after 31 yrs. and he passed away 19 years ago this past Spring. I stayed with my family in Mt. Morris which is a beautiful area. Again, Thanks for these photos. Feel free to chat with me anytime! MrsKarenJohnson on Twitter and FB

  2. Karen,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother.

    One thing I discovered during my recent visit to Flint, and in compiling a map of all the city's murders in 2008, is that a lot of the crime happens in particular parts of town.

    I regularly walked around downtown and Carriage Town after sundown, and I saw a lot of other people doing the same.

    Flint has some huge problems, but there a signs of hope.

    Take care.

  3. Thank You! The next time I go to visit, I will go Downtown and to the areas where you say it's safe. I am praying for those signs of Hope to come to fruition. I remember going to see the Jackson 5 at the IMA. My brother attended Southwestern while I was at Northwestern and I have several family members who graduated from Northern. My brother calls himself a "Flintstone" God bless!

  4. Your right about particular (eastside) parts of town. Stopped back in at Angelo's yesterday and went in for a take out order. My wife waiting in the car witnessed what she thought was a drug deal going down ten feet from the car. Needless to say she probably will not be returning with me anytime soon.

  5. More Buckham Alley madness, courtesy of Michael Moore and Ben Hamper


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