Saturday, December 21, 2013

Genesee Towers: Dead Building Walking

Okay, this is totally irrational and based on no real evidence. I’m sure the implosion crew knows what its doing. So why do I have this nagging, crazy worry that somehow Genesee Towers will manage to take the Mott Foundation Building down with it? GT is arguably Flint’s ugliest building, and it can’t be easy residing across an alley from what many consider the Vehicle City’s loveliest structure. How would you like to be a poorly maintained, watered-down example of the International Style hulking next to the soaring, Art Deco splendor of the most important building in Flint? There has to be some pent up resentment there.

I don’t want to get into a discussion of class warfare, but GT has always had money problems.  And let’s be blunt, the Mott Foundation building is loaded! We like to pretend money can’t buy you happiness, but come on. The years of constantly being reminded of how the 1% lives can’t be easy. It’s a little like driving a Chevy Aveo when your neighbor cruises around in a Park Avenue. (Sorry, for the dated reference, but I’m unaware of what passes for a luxury car in the Buick line these days.)

Then there’s the whole plural name thing. It’s Genesee Towers, with an “s”. See, it’s supposed to be two buildings stacked on top of each other. Yes, the lower-level parking deck counts as a separate building. Constantly correcting people has to get old after a while. And trying to laugh it off with “The building so nice they named it twice!” doesn’t help. Just not funny. The Mott Foundation Building doesn’t have to deal with that sort of thing. It’s above it all. It’s just one building and that’s more than enough. When you’re old money, you just don’t have to prove yourself.

Desperate buildings do desperate things. Is it so far fetched to think that the spirits animating Genesee Towers might be staring at their next-door neighbor and whispering, “If I'm going down, I'm taking you with me”?

7 comments:

  1. I'm thinking the opposite. When they imploded Autoworld part of it refused to fall. GT is gonna beat those explosives.

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    1. ...leading to an implosion cost overrun, no doubt.

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    2. This is exactly what I'm thinking. I'm convinced this thing isn't going to fall.

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  2. Based soley on how things seem to go in Flint - I'd say its a safe bet that the Mott Foundation Building will not emerge from the GT implosion unscathed.

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    1. Calling all gamblers out there...when you're on a bad streak, do you take a break or keep rolling the dice?

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    2. Hope they salvaged all of WDZZ's transmitters, transmission lines, antennas, and studio equipment out of there, Brian. That and any of the demo tapes that the late Cleodia Myles' daughter recently said that he wished he could have played.

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  3. Thanks for the laughs, well nervous snickers anyway.

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