As five water PODs close, officials declare city water “improving” despite trust deficits
Jul26

As five water PODs close, officials declare city water “improving” despite trust deficits

By Jan Worth-Nelson Flanked by a handful of state officials, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver today announced that five of the city’s water distribution sites, called “PODS,”  will be closed by the end of the summer — two Aug. 11 and three more Sept. 5. The closures reflect the news that the city’s water is on the mend, with state officials reporting lead readings from recent testing well below federal...

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Commentary:  Why to vote “Yes” on the Charter: Placing the collective interests of residents first
Jul26

Commentary: Why to vote “Yes” on the Charter: Placing the collective interests of residents first

Placing the collective interests of residents first: an interloper’s support for proposed Charter By Ashley Nickels, Ph.D. On Tuesday, Aug.  8, Flint residents will vote on whether or not to adopt revisions to their city charter for the first time since 1974. As an encouraged interloper, an outsider, a political scientist, I have followed Flint’s charter review and revision process since its origins in 2014. I have attended advisory...

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Commentary:  Why to vote “No” on the Flint Charter revision:  existing one already is “masterful”
Jul26

Commentary: Why to vote “No” on the Flint Charter revision: existing one already is “masterful”

Flint voters will be asked to vote Aug. 8 on whether to approve a new charter for the city.  As Paul Rozycki explained in his July column in EVM, the current city’s charter was last revised in 1974, when Flint’s population was nearly 200,000 and there were still 80,000 well paid GM jobs in the county.  The nine elected charter commission members, chaired by Cleora Magee, have been at work for two years,  and have developed...

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Creative neighbors implement plan to water parkway trees
Jul10

Creative neighbors implement plan to water parkway trees

By Jan Worth-Nelson Mike Keeler and Andy Everman are two of the city trees’ best friends. Keeler, president of the College Cultural Neighborhood Association, and Everman, a board member of the Genesee Conservation District and ardent advocate for city trees,  are making the rounds now with their water wagon — a contraption devised to make use of water from Gilkey Creek. The combination of two donated 55-gallon plastic...

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East Village Magazine – July 2017
Jul06

East Village Magazine – July 2017

The latest issue of the East Village Magazine is available for download...

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