Sunday, October 24, 2010

Flint Photos: Downtown in the Sixties



Flint Expatriate Shawn Chittle has an amazing collection of Flint photos from the late sixties — a time when trains ran through downtown and buildings covered parts of the river — on his Facebook page.










4 comments:

  1. WOW, never before seen by my eyes.. Totally cool!!!

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  2. Great photos. Brings back a lot of memories.

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  3. Brings back my childhood memories of buidings on a bridge.

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  4. Used to get dogs at Coney Island no.1 after family swin night at the YMCA.
    As I recall they were always a little greasier than Angelo's, but just as good.
    Once saw a drunk reach across and grab some guys dinner. Didn't stick around to see the fight.
    Johnnie's Shoe Shine was in the next block-same side, going north. I also remember admiring the shark-skin suits and Beatle boots in one of those shops near Marshall's Music store. Great photos here that take me back to my youth in this once grand city.

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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.