Zachariah, nice pics!
But where are all the people? The photos were taken on Sunday or in a holiday? Despite that, I really liked Downtown Flint. I didn't know Flint had such nice old buildings.
How are the city right now? Still loosing population or now is stabilized? What about the suburbs, the Genesee County? The population are growing there? The crisis, relativelly speaking, were good or bad to the Rust Belt?
Yeah, they may not have ownership of it yet, but I meant aquired as in that they are required by the descision of the judge to buy the tower. At the end of the day, though, I think it's for the best and would be cheaper for the city than having the thing deteriorate any further in private hands and then them having to eventually go in, anyway, to resolve the situation. It's quite clear the former owner was going to squat on it until it literally collapsed.Oh, and I don't think the city has technically "acquired" Genesee Towers. The last I heard, the courts have determined the city should pay the owner $1.5 million (plus an estimated $6 million in legal fees), but there has not been any transfer of ownership at this point. I believe there final price is still being negotiated. It doesn't help that the city is beyond broke.
Because I'm lazy. But, because you asked, I just put my College/Cultural and Woodcroft Estate/Carraigetown tours in the Urban Showcase.And, yes, a lot of those are some unflattering pictures of the city. Rob, why don't you do some photo posts of the city, around here?
I think all those US counties/cities scheme is too complicated. I know it's a tradition and is part of US system for a long time, but do you guys consider the abolition of one of the two institutions?The city is still losing population (should stay above 100,000 for the 2010 census), and the county is slowly losing population. The southern portion of the county is still gaining, though.
Specifically about Flint: are there people considering the merger with Genesee County? I think that would terminate the stigma of the "loosing population city". I don't know for sure, but I guess there are many middle class and upper class people in Genesee County, and that would help to improve the city budget.