Flint

Population

2010: 102,434, #269 in U.S., #7 in Michigan

1950: 163,143, #60 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 425,790, #115 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 270,963, #73 in U.S.

Setting

Flint was founded as a trading post on the Flint River in 1819 and was incorporated as a city in 1855. Riverbank Park is along the river in the downtown area. The University of Michigan-Flint is just north of downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Mott Foundation Building (1930), 226 feet. The 250-foot Genesee Towers (1968) was torn down in December 2013 after being vacant for many years.

Stores

Flint has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak’s Blue Water goes west to Chicago and east to Port Huron, Michigan, from a small, new station located east of downtown.


 

 



Downtown Flint and Flint River
(Photo by Connor Coyne)

Museums

The Flint Institute of Arts and the Sloan Museum of History and Science are located just northeast of downtown.

Theaters

Flint has no downtown movie theaters. The Whiting Auditorium, just northeast of downtown, hosts the Flint Symphony Orchestra and touring Broadway shows. Vertigo Theatrics is located downtown.

Sports

The Perani Arena (1969), east of downtown, has sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Flint

Chamber of Commerce