I always love stumbling upon these old home videos of Downtown Flint, but while I was watching this one I kept thinking the theme music from 'Cheers' was going to start playing.

I actually don't know if this footage reminds me more of the b-roll from the intro of 'Cheers,' 'Good Times,' or something else entirely, but you definitely see this gritty style used in all kinds of show intros. Also, does it say "There's a Girl in My Soup" on the Capitol Theatre marquee? Regardless, it's always cool to get a good look at Flint, Michigan in its heyday.

I came along in 1980, which is when Flint was the best place in America for young workers. It was also around then that the real decline of the former automotive boomtown began. People from my generation definitely remember a time when Flint had less vacant buildings and water you could actually drink, but we didn't get to see much of Flint when it was great. I think that's part of my fascination with these old Flint vids. It's just so crazy to see what this city used to be, and to dream of what it could be again.

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