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Back to the Bricks 2013 in Downtown Flint Michigan | by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
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Back to the Bricks 2013 in Downtown Flint Michigan

The Michigan Municipal League ( has identified eight assets that make vibrant communities, such as walkability, cultural and economic development, green initiatives, education, multiculturalism and entrepreneurship. The League is continually visiting Michigan communities to view these assets in action. These photos are from an August 2013 morning visit to the 9th annual Back to the Bricks event in downtown Flint. The Back to the Bricks is a week-long celebration of the auto and involves communities surrounding Flint. An estimated 40,000 cars again participated in the five-day event that culminated in Saturday’s car show on Saginaw Street in downtown Flint. This is a fantastic placemaking event that brings in visitors from throughout North America and beyond. An estimated 500,000 people participated in the 2012 show and 2013 numbers likely exceeded that count. Flint embodies many of the placemaking ( assets people seek today - an array of businesses, and restaurants within easy walking distance from residential neighborhoods and public transit. Flint is a community on the rebound with an overall inviting environment, including pocket parks, walking and biking paths, and much more. Placemaking ( is about creating communities from one that you can't wait to get through to ones you never want to leave and Flint is steadily reinventing itself as a destination point for college students, families, retirees and many other groups. League regularly posts photos from these visits here in this collection on flickr:


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Taken on August 17, 2013