Book Review: Demolition Means Progress:  Fint, Michigan and the fate of the American Metropolis by Andrew Highsmith
Jan18

Book Review: Demolition Means Progress: Fint, Michigan and the fate of the American Metropolis by Andrew Highsmith

By Bob Thomas Like a twisted love affair in which things are not what they seem, living in Flint can be an extremely disorienting hall of mirrors. For 10 years I have been researching Flint’s history, trying to understand my hometown roots and my current residence. Despite having read most of the major books on the subject, my Flint narrative has remained littered with black holes between disconnected tissue. I had more questions than...

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Cultural Center plan:  Sarvis demolition, Sloan expansion, downtown links
Jan18

Cultural Center plan: Sarvis demolition, Sloan expansion, downtown links

By Nic Custer The Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC) recently updated its master plan with recommendations to demolish the Sarvis Center and several underutilized buildings, connect the street grid, renovate the Sloan Museum, and redesign public spaces between UM-Flint and Mott Community College. The 30-acre campus, which lies just east of downtown, contains five institutions: SloanLongway (consisting of the Sloan Museum,...

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Wat’er we expecting for Flint’s water in 2016?  Words for the good news and bad
Jan18

Wat’er we expecting for Flint’s water in 2016? Words for the good news and bad

Let’s hope 2016 is the year we drain the lead out and mop up the water mess – so we won’t be flooded with washed-up water metaphors. (Maybe they’ll just dry up and blow away?)

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Village Life:  One sign leads to another, but does “Love Trump Hate”?
Jan07

Village Life: One sign leads to another, but does “Love Trump Hate”?

By Jan Worth-Nelson Just to be clear, I can’t stand Donald Trump. Back in the late 80s when I’d just started working at UM-Flint, a colleague of mine and I bonded over our extreme disdain for The Donald – we called him The Fat-fingered Vulgarian. We used to stop each other in the hallways to swap hilarities about his latest oily escapades. He was a huge joke to us, a cartoon, cheap entertainment in the face of boring institutional...

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