I've been through a lot of abandoned Flint homes in the past two years. It's always worse when there's some remnant left behind, some reminder of happier times.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Flint Photos: What's Left Behind
at 10:11 PM
Labels: abandoned housing, housing crisis, shrinking cities
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Every item left is a story worth telling.ReplyDelete
So THAT is where my football and jacket went!ReplyDelete
If they are abandoned, do you keep what was left? If so, any chance I can take that jacket off your hands in exchange for a donation to Flint Expats?ReplyDelete
Twenty to twenty-five years ago that UofM stuff would not have been left behindReplyDelete
Flint Skinny, I think what you're describing is known as looting. Not my thing. I left everything as is.ReplyDelete
There's a lot of stories like this in Detroit, also. "Gran Torino" scenes come to mind. People become too sick or too old and don't want to move until they die or are no longer able to take care of themselves. If they were lucky, they didn't get beat up, robbed, and killed by gangs first.ReplyDelete
From what is left behind, these appear to have been fine family people. It's always sad also to find out what happens to family pets, even if they are cared for well by others, end up in shelters and are not found starving, cold and sick in the houses left due to illness or death.
Just sad all around.
Are you sure it was abandoned??..............ReplyDelete
Yes, it was a bank foreclosure and the residents had reportedly moved to Georgia. And this was not an unusual amount of stuff left behind. Some houses are filled with household items, almost as if the family just got up and left.ReplyDelete