From its start until the 1980s, few cities rivaled the industrialization and growth of Flint, Michigan, but times would change. With the closure of the General Motors plants, the city, which depended so heavily on one company, was in trouble. As the population shrank, crime rose. Pockets of abandonment began to spread across the entire city. A 2016 study found that Flint had the highest number of vacant homes in the entire nation. The government was $30 million in debt. Unemployment rates were at nearly 15%. And then the water crises occurred. This is where Abandoned Flint picks up the story. What became of these forgotten buildings? Join us as we step foot inside these haunting and beautiful locations including factories, schools, funeral homes, amusement parks, police academies, houses, and much more. Abandoned Flint not only takes you inside these lost places, but tells the history of them and how they came to be abandoned.
KYLE BROOKY has always been interested in the strange and offbeat. From a young age, he always wondered what lied within that “spooky old house” in the woods near his grandparents’ cottage. In 2016, along with a partner, he formed Ruin Road, a video blog dedicated to exploring abandoned and forgotten buildings. Utilizing his media production degree, he has been dedicated to preserving these beautiful places through film and photographs to tell the history that is now forgotten by most. In his spare time, he enjoys writing screenplays and collecting movies.