Sunday, April 22, 2018

How to Fix Flint

Journalist Gordon Young tackles the question of how to fix his hometown of Flint, Michigan on
Flint — like other poverty stricken municipalities — has the vexing ability to resist broader economic upturns. Real growth, let alone bubbles, never seem to visit. The city continued to decline during the boom years of the Clinton administration and kept sinking during the modest but historically long-running economic recovery that President Obama orchestrated. Clearly, a rising tide doesn’t lift all boats. U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, who is an exuberant practitioner of metaphor, describes these cities as “anchored to the bottom of the ocean.” 
“I don’t think we can chip away at the problem,” he told me recently. “We need a big, bold, and very significant effort to help areas where you have chronic poverty. Until we fix the fundamental problems, we are really just managing the decline.”

1 comment:

  1. Flint was a "makers" town for decades. Making things, specifically automobiles, made Flint a great family city that thrived in it's hey day. My opinion - don't look to politicians for an answer - they are as slimey as they are deceitful. If they had an answer, then why didn't they do anything for the last 40 years??? Flint needs jobs, stability, clean water, economic growth, businesses that "build" things. I don't know what that is, but without businesses and jobs, we'll continue the decline the politicians thrive on.


Thanks for commenting. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at