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Michigan  :)

Michigan  :)

Shock (to me anyway).  This is the Randolph House built in 1872 in Flint, Michigan.   It’s near Kettering University (formerly GMI, General Motors Institute).  A large number of houses in Flint look more like the house beside it boarded up or burnt down.  Photo by PhotographsbyDennis.
(I guess I should clarify why I wrote “shock.”  I’ve lived in and around Flint most of my life.  I’ve also worked for the city for a while and I never knew this house existed.  There are many, many more houses like the one in the background as Flint continues to die - burnt out houses, houses where aluminum siding is gone and coppers pipes have been stolen from and sit like a slum, etc..  Flint is basically a mini-Detroit as we are now under the control of the State of Michigan (mainly due to political corruption) with an Emergency Financial Manager (for the 2nd time) and that Flint is the most dangerous city in the USA, and that it is #1 in murder and arson PER CAPITA in the USA.  We’ve been in the top 3 for the past several years.  If you read the news article that just came out from the FBI that Chicago is this year’s murder capitol, it also points out that Flint is worse than Chicago and all other cities PER CAPITA, way worse.  And yet there are shining beauties like this house scattered around that do make me feel some hope for this terrible place.)

Shock (to me anyway).  This is the Randolph House built in 1872 in Flint, Michigan.   It’s near Kettering University (formerly GMI, General Motors Institute).  A large number of houses in Flint look more like the house beside it boarded up or burnt down.  Photo by PhotographsbyDennis.

(I guess I should clarify why I wrote “shock.”  I’ve lived in and around Flint most of my life.  I’ve also worked for the city for a while and I never knew this house existed.  There are many, many more houses like the one in the background as Flint continues to die - burnt out houses, houses where aluminum siding is gone and coppers pipes have been stolen from and sit like a slum, etc..  Flint is basically a mini-Detroit as we are now under the control of the State of Michigan (mainly due to political corruption) with an Emergency Financial Manager (for the 2nd time) and that Flint is the most dangerous city in the USA, and that it is #1 in murder and arson PER CAPITA in the USA.  We’ve been in the top 3 for the past several years.  If you read the news article that just came out from the FBI that Chicago is this year’s murder capitol, it also points out that Flint is worse than Chicago and all other cities PER CAPITA, way worse.  And yet there are shining beauties like this house scattered around that do make me feel some hope for this terrible place.)

Apparently today is National Lighthouse Day so here is my most recent pencil drawing of the lighthouses at St. Joseph Pier in Lake Michigan, Michigan.

Apparently today is National Lighthouse Day so here is my most recent pencil drawing of the lighthouses at St. Joseph Pier in Lake Michigan, Michigan.

Detroit, Michigan, which recently filed for bankruptcy has some beautiful mansion and houses.  Detroit used to be one of the wealthiest cities in the USA mainly due to the vehicle industry.  The above mansion, Stonehedge was built for the owner of the Detroit Tigers Baseball Team, Walter O. Briggs in 1914 (until he died in 1952).
The 9638 square foot home just recently sold for an unbelievable low price of $396,000.  The interior somehow escaped being scrapped (a common problem for empty houses in Detroit) and the woodwork is stunning.

Detroit, Michigan, which recently filed for bankruptcy has some beautiful mansion and houses.  Detroit used to be one of the wealthiest cities in the USA mainly due to the vehicle industry.  The above mansion, Stonehedge was built for the owner of the Detroit Tigers Baseball Team, Walter O. Briggs in 1914 (until he died in 1952).

The 9638 square foot home just recently sold for an unbelievable low price of $396,000.  The interior somehow escaped being scrapped (a common problem for empty houses in Detroit) and the woodwork is stunning.

MY ALMA-MATER 


The University of Michigan Wolverine Basketball Team is in the Finals!!!

Grand Haven, Michigan Lighthouses

Grand Haven, Michigan Lighthouses

A rare African Long-horned Watusi at the Domino’s Farms in Arbor, Michigan.
Photo by BradWithOlympus 

A rare African Long-horned Watusi at the Domino’s Farms in Arbor, Michigan.

Photo by BradWithOlympus 

I just had a major shock.  I was looking through some photographs online and ran across this beautiful Victorian house.  Then I looked at the location and there’s the shock - it’s in downtown Flint, Michigan.  Flint is where I live and have worked for ages and when I tell you the city is falling apart in every aspect, no one is going to believe me if they see this photo.  I knew there were some Victorians in the older section of the city, but most of them are falling apart.  I’ve never seen this one.  Wow!  I am truly shocked.
Photo by Sarrazak6881 (via Flickr).

I just had a major shock.  I was looking through some photographs online and ran across this beautiful Victorian house.  Then I looked at the location and there’s the shock - it’s in downtown Flint, Michigan.  Flint is where I live and have worked for ages and when I tell you the city is falling apart in every aspect, no one is going to believe me if they see this photo.  I knew there were some Victorians in the older section of the city, but most of them are falling apart.  I’ve never seen this one.  Wow!  I am truly shocked.

Photo by Sarrazak6881 (via Flickr).

A Queen Anne Victorian house in Marine City, Michigan.
Photo by John Fitzgerald in Toronto.

A Queen Anne Victorian house in Marine City, Michigan.

Photo by John Fitzgerald in Toronto.

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#Starkid at the #MichiganTheater (Taken with instagram)

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#Starkid at the #MichiganTheater (Taken with instagram)

Rearick House, one of a group of Victorian houses that were built around 1900 on Mackinac (pronounced and sometimes spelt Mackinaw) Island between the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan.
Photo by Eridony via Flickr.

Rearick House, one of a group of Victorian houses that were built around 1900 on Mackinac (pronounced and sometimes spelt Mackinaw) Island between the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan.

Photo by Eridony via Flickr.

Victorian House in Bellaire, Michigan.  Photo by Chad R. Johnson.

Victorian House in Bellaire, Michigan.  Photo by Chad R. Johnson.

A Victorian house in Muskegon, Michigan during the winter.  Photo by Eridony.

A Victorian house in Muskegon, Michigan during the winter.  Photo by Eridony.

Victorian House on Packard Rd. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Photo by BradWithOlympus via Flickr.

Victorian House on Packard Rd. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Photo by BradWithOlympus via Flickr.

Outstanding brick Italian Villa built in 1860 for William Treadwell in Hudson, Michigan.  Mr. Treadwell was an embezzler, jail escapee and a murder victim killed by his own accomplice.  Top Photo by I_Dig_Doug, bottom photo by Eridony.