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Old Posted Aug 10, 2019, 9:47 PM
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Chevy Commons, Flint MI - Healing a scar in the middle of the city

Chevy Commons is a newly-formed park in heart of Flint. It is located along the Flint River, in the area formerly known as Chevy-In-The-Hole. At one time, around 20 buildings housed tens of thousands of GM employees. Only one building remains today - the rest were torn down and the site was covered with a concrete slab. Due to the high levels of contamination, the decision was about 5 years ago to turn this area into a park by simply covering the concrete with dirt and planting trees and other vegetation. A new pedestrian bridge connects this area to downtown.

Even though I work nearby and have kept up with the news about the development of this park, this was my first time walking through. I started with a beer at Tenacity Brewing (old firehouse on the right). This picture is looking east towards downtown, and the river is right behind me.
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New pedestrian bridge
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Kayak Flint has recently opened behind Tenacity and offers kayak rentals for trips down the river.
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The converenge of Swartz Creek and the Flint River
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Looking down Swartz Creek
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Looking across the river at the historic, 10,000 seat Atwood Stadium and Hurley Hospital
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The lone industrial building
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Looking back towards downtown
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Kettering University in the background. Their auto proving grounds is directly across the river
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The main parking lot for Chevy Commons is on the west side of the site, just south of Kettering
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Walking back east, towards downtown got me closer to this building
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The other parking lot for the park
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Old Posted Aug 12, 2019, 12:52 AM
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Thanks for bringing some new angles with decent Flint skyline views that even hardly googled.
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I'm glad to know at least one person apprecited this thread! LOL. I realized it isn't the most interesting photo thread, but it is an important development in Flint and gives some unique views of the city.
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I'm glad to know at least one person apprecited this thread! LOL. I realized it isn't the most interesting photo thread, but it is an important development in Flint and gives some unique views of the city.
Only hard-core, hot-blooded urban skyline fan, truely, appreciates the soul of
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Going across the street from Tenacity will give you this view:

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I think it is very interesting that all that soil was imported to the site! I wonder how deep it is and what unique drainage system, if any, is required due to the mostly impermeable layer beneath?
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Much of the soil actually came from the city's compost collection - they brought all of the leaves, grass clippings, etc. to the site for a couple years. If you google "compost flint chevy in the hole" you will find a number of news articles and pictures showing the large piles of compost.
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Thanks for sharing! I've only been to Flint once, but I had a nice time there. I hope Flint is able to battle through these tough times and come back stronger than ever.
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very interesting to see this thx. not bad at all considering.

unfortunately on a trip we drove right by here and then down rt23 --- i regret not being able to stop because we had to beat it down to the airport.

i had picked visiting flint, but my spouse picked frankenmuth, guess who won?
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very interesting to see this thx. not bad at all considering.

unfortunately on a trip we drove right by here and then down rt23 --- i regret not being able to stop because we had to beat it down to the airport.

i had picked visiting flint, but my spouse picked frankenmuth, guess who won?
Lmao... fucking Frankenmuth man... the bane of my existence.
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