Back to the Bricks 2023
Amber Taylor, Executive Director, Back to the Bricks
John Gazall, Architect & Business Owner, Board Member of Back to the Bricks
August 16, 2023
When Al Hatch hatched his plan to bring people back to the bricks it sounded nuts to some folks. Downtown Flint was deserted, the economy was stalled, and frankly it seemed like a waste of time to try to host a big car show there.
Boy were they wrong!
Now in its 19th year, Al’s big "back to the bricks" idea is spelled in capital letters, and it’s become a strong fiber in the fabric of the community. Back to the Bricks has become one of the premiere destination events and festivals in not just Flint, but Michigan history.
As we like to do here on “Fish and The Flint Chronicles” every year, we are dedicating an entire show to this grand exhibition of motoring muscle. To kick it off we’ve invited back a “Chronicles” stalwart, Ms. Amber Taylor. The vivacious and electric spark plug of all things Bricks, she is on hand to tell us what’s happening, where and when.
Joining us in the Aquarium for the first time is John Gazall, President of Gazall, Lewis & Associates Architects. John is a veteran of both downtown Flint business, and Back to the Bricks where he serves on the board. His commitment to education on our collective history is significant and he recently organized a Historical Brick Walk that included Fish as a narrative historical storyteller. The tour started at the auto pioneer statues and continued down the Bricks of Saginaw Street.
The Aquarium has the distinct odor of leaded gasoline and hot rubber today—two scents that go together well during BRICKS WEEK!