Thursday, October 11, 2012

Flint Before the Demolition

A great photograph of the downtown Flint area before the buildings in the foreground were demolished. I believe this is a shot of Harrison Street looking south toward the Mott Foundation Building and Genesee Towers. The cross street at the light is Kearsley. (I think...was there a time when Kearsley was closed off and filled in with a park area?) Hat's Pub, formerly the Brass Rail, would be just around the corner on the north side of Kearsley. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thanks again to Amy Peterson for the photo.

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  1. You're correct about the intersection, however, the grass you're seeing is the northeast corner of said intersection. Zoomed in, you see both the Kearsley and Harrison street signs. Great picture of a building I've never seen!

  2. Thank you! I have been trying to figure out where Hat's Pub was exactly.


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