Saturday, March 31, 2012

Flint Artifacts: Chevrolet Flint Engine Safety Pin

Three for the Road

Spotted this eclectic collection of vintage cars on Capp Street in San Francisco.

LaCrosse'ing the Lines in San Francisco

Buick drivers are still a rebellious lot.

Is It Time for the Flint City Council to Shrink?

Does it seem odd that Flint still has nine City Council members representing nine wards given the city's dramatic population drop over the past few decades? With a population of roughly 100,000 and falling, each Flint City Council member represents about 11,000 citizens.

By contrast, San Francisco has 11 districts and a population of approximately 800,000. That means each member of the Board of Supervisors represents about 73,000 residents. Chicago has a population of 2.7 million represented by 50 aldermen. That works out to one elected official for every 54,000 citizens.

Given Flint's ongoing budget woes, this would be a drop in the bucket, but there's certainly money that could be saved by reducing the number of wards and city council members. Given the low voter turnout at many of the city's 61 precincts, it might make sense to consolidate those as well.

In case you're wondering, the 2011-2012 City of Flint budget allocated $899,922 to the city council. You can find a pdf of the budget here.

Please note that this is not some Tea Party inspired post that reflexively endorses smaller government in all circumstances. It's also not a reflection of the City Council's performance, although I'm sure that's open to debate. This idea is more a reflection of Flint's reality. The current ward system was established when Flint had a lot more people and a lot more money. Maybe it's time to make an adjustment.

Any thoughts?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flint Photos: A.C. Spark Plug Machine Gun Manufacturing in 1941

Sales Forecast

Think there's not pent-up demand for cars? In 2011, the average car on the road was 11 years old, an all-time high.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Sloan Museum Continues to Amaze Us

Michelle Obama is coming to the Sloan Museum. Well, sort of.

The Copa

Anyone out there have any digital photos of the interior of The Copa? If so, feel free to send them my way. The original location would be best, but anything you have will be much appreciated.

Taking the Coupe to Its Illogical Conclusion

Don't blame the shoprats for this one. It's the work of artist Beni Bischof.