Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gardeners wanted

So much for using the broken-window approach to improve Flint.

Fonger of The Flint Journal reports:

"When the state spent nearly $3 million on dramatic gardens, new trees, special fences and streetlights designed to give people a good first impression of Flint, it expected the city would keep things looking good

"But just days into the first summer with the face-lift, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation said he's already planning to give the city a friendly reminder about living up to its end of the maintenance bargain.

"People who drive around the I-69 entrances and exits to Saginaw Street in downtown have noticed that area already is looking unkempt in spots, with weeds scattered among the flowers and grass getting shaggy."

1 comment:

  1. Well Flint had to bring in some out of town gardeners to bring things back up to an acceptable level. The same crews who did the initial plantings are back getting things back to being presentable. I noticed them this morning,July 9 on the way in to work.

    It's funny how the city is broke and 50 police officers are pink slipped but they have money to hire a landscape company to weed, mow and weedwack.


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