Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Illinois Avenue: A Tale of Two Houses

My grandparents' former home on the 1500 block of Illinois Avenue is still beating the odds and looking good on Flint's troubled East Side. Only three owners in its history and none was a speculator or a slumlord.


I can't say the same for the house across the street.

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  1. I grew up on the east side of flint also. ON Bennett ave between Franklin and Minnesota avenue. It's so sad to drive through the area now! I live off of Richfield rd now

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  2. I grew up on the east side of flint also. ON Bennett ave between Franklin and Minnesota avenue. It's so sad to drive through the area now! I live off of Richfield rd now

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  3. Throughout the 1990s I visited that demolished house. A good friend lived there. The house and yard was always kept up and the interior of the home was always neat as a pin and nicely appointed. I can just about visualize an episode of my younger self pulling up to that house in my car, parking in front of the house and walking up to the side door and knocking. The door would be answered I'd step in and climb three steps and be in the kitchen. A family member would be coming up the basement stairs with a load of clothes. The former owners now live about a mile away. Seeing this house sure stirs up the ghosts of the past.

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    1. It doesn't take long, Phil. My house on Bassett Place looked fine last summer. Now it's being scrapped out in rapid fashion. The demolished house was owned by the Busey family when I was a kid, then a family whose kid went to Powers. Always looked nice.

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