Crews, supporters determined to save, restore Whaley Historic House
Dec05

Crews, supporters determined to save, restore Whaley Historic House

  By Jan Worth-Nelson Cleanup crews, conservators, restoration experts and numerous volunteers and supporters of the Whaley Historic House Museum have been busy almost around the clock since the beloved Kearsley Street mansion accidentally caught fire and partially burned Nov. 30. Whaley board member David White, president of the Genesee County Historical Society and until recently director of the Kettering University Archives,...

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After 10 years of Land Bank efforts, Flint’s a demolition “rock star”
Dec04

After 10 years of Land Bank efforts, Flint’s a demolition “rock star”

By Nic Custer More than 890 Genesee County Land Bank-owned homes in Flint will be demolished over the next two years thanks to $11.45 million recently authorized from a final round of Michigan State Housing and Development Authority’s Hardest Hit Fund. This will bring Flint’s total amount of Hardest Hit funds up to $34.15 million since 2013 and will lead to at least 2,666 demolished properties. Christina Kelly, Land Bank director of...

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Transformed by water and politics, Walters fights on
Nov16

Transformed by water and politics, Walters fights on

Interview by Ashley O’Brien LeeAnne Walters was once a stay-at-home mother of four. But she was transformed into an advocate for water safety in Flint and across the country after her four-year-old son Gavin got sick—the numbers on his blood tests clearly in the “action” range for lead poisoning. Walters, 37, and her whole family – husband and four kids — experienced hair loss and rashes after the water source changed to...

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Library millage win means modernization, “new service focus”
Nov16

Library millage win means modernization, “new service focus”

By Nic Custer The Central Park Neighborhood Association October meeting covered a Flint Public Library millage ballot proposal, neighborhood blight, the Investor’s Committee, and upcoming elections. Director Kay Schwartz, Flint Public Library, shared information about a library millage on the November ballot. [Editor’s note: the millage passed by a wide margin in the Nov. 3 election]. Schwartz explained that the millage for 6/10 of a...

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