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Can you name the location?
Looking north on State St., now American Legion Drive

Comments...
This is the back side of the old Richmond Hotel. It was torn down as part of the Main Street Urban Renewal Project about 1968-9. In it's last incarnation it was known as the Hotel Phoenix.


Can you name the location?
Phoenix Hotel State Street North Adams

Comments...
Tearing down hotel after fire during late 60"s


What was the Year?
1969

What was the Season?
summer

Can you name any of the people?
Crane operator was Charles E. Flint

Can you name the location?
Phenix Hotel

Comments...
This the boom to a 50 ton P&H truck crane owned by Western Mass Contractors out of Lee, MA. I am Charles L. Flint the son of the crane operator and the foreman of this Urban Renewal Job. The boom was down because we were changing the steel cables.


What was the Year?
1971

Can you name the location?
Richmond Phoenix Hotel

Comments...
The building was located next to the North Adams fire department. Fire struck the building in Winter Jan. of 1971. two major fires had hot the building. The first fire struck the building in 1940. Randy Trabold was credited with keeping two people from jumping. One person was killed in the second fire in 1971 and the building was a total loss. It was later demolished as part of urban renewl. Story and pix can be found at the North Adams FD web site.


Comments...
Why is this guy Flint so proud of his involvement in the destruction of downtown North Adams?


Comments...
I AGREE!!! A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE INVOLVED WITH THE DESTRUCTION...SHAME ON THEM!!!!


Can you name the location?
Back of Richmond Hotel

Comments...
Oh how some people forget so quickly - The properties taken for urban renewal were a mess and firetraps to boot. No one was stepping up to renovate - that "new idea" had to wait for another 30 years after people started seeing good results in other cities. The same courage is needed now in the city - people need to reinvest in it to make things happen.


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