Resist “siren call of sameness,” attract internationals to help Flint thrive, experts say
May15

Resist “siren call of sameness,” attract internationals to help Flint thrive, experts say

By Jeffery L. Carey Jr. For Flint to thrive, the city needs to become a diverse international community, economic experts told a lively crowd of about 60 at The Ferris Wheel downtown May 7. In fact, one speaker asserted, creating an ethnically diverse team produces provably better results than just one person, and urged the audience to steer clear of “the siren call of sameness.” The event, “Going Global,” was co-sponsored by...

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Review:   Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race
May15

Review: Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race

By Robert R. Thomas Marcia and Millie Biggs grace the cover of National Geographic’s April 2018 special issue titled “Black and White.” They are fraternal twin sisters, daughters of a bi-racial couple. As the subtitle indicates, “These twin sisters make us rethink everything we know about race.” The key factor, Marcia points out, is “People are made how they are.” Her mother adds, “It’s genes.” The real story in black and white is not...

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East Village Magazine – May 2018
May10

East Village Magazine – May 2018

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

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Analysis:  Fifty years later, Flint’s fair housing campaign still reverberates in nation’s racial divides
Apr30

Analysis: Fifty years later, Flint’s fair housing campaign still reverberates in nation’s racial divides

  by Harold C. Ford It’s been 50 years since Flint became the first municipality in the nation to adopt an open housing ordinance. Led by then-Flint Mayor Floyd McCree, the Flint City Commission adopted the ordinance by a 5-4 vote on Oct. 30, 1967.  Four months later, on Feb. 20, 1968. it survived a referendum initiative by a mere 30 votes of the 40,000+ that were cast by the Flint electorate. The dramatic events of those few months...

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Seasonal deluges cause Thread Lake Dam breach, Hamilton Dam delays
Apr26

Seasonal deluges cause Thread Lake Dam breach, Hamilton Dam delays

By Jeffery L Carey Jr. A deluge of rain resulting in a February breach at Thread Lake and unusual weather in general this spring have wreaked havoc on the dams in Flint, causing lower water levels at Thread Lake and issues with the removal in process of both the Hamilton and Fabri Dams. Rebecca Fedewa, executive director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) explained, “During this time of high water, the dam at Thread Lake...

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Spring in Flint: Water service line replacement resumes under $5 million AECOM contract
Apr23

Spring in Flint: Water service line replacement resumes under $5 million AECOM contract

       By Jan Worth-Nelson With the return of spring weather, work has resumed on replacing lead-tainted water lines in the city. As of April 18, the date of work resumption, 6,264 lines had been replaced, according to Kristin Moore, City of Flint communications and public information director. Existing city records indicate about 12,000 more Flint homes have lead or galvanized service lines due for replacement. Contractors began on...

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