GM Plant

It’s impossible to ignore the huge barren field of concrete right in the heart of Lansing.

IMG_20130801_210117There was a large GM plant here once, closed about a decade ago.  It’s right in the middle of what was once a middle class neighborhood, and is so large that a major road and a set of railroad tracks go right through the plant.

gmplantTo give you an idea of the size, here is the plant compared to the campus of MSU, which is one of the larger land-grant ag campuses, including farms, etc.

MsuvsgmSomeone made a film about Lansing’s struggle with keeping GM in town, and this is an informative article about the film and some of the history surrounding this story.  We got a new plant, in the suburbs, right at the time this plant was closed.  They razed the old plant but it’s fenced off and not being used for anything.  You’d think they could make it into a park, or even some apartments.  Dave’s theory is that it’s so polluted they can’t sell it for fear of alerting inspectors, so they’ll just sit on it forever.

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tracks through the plant

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