For a Las Vegas native, difference between virtual and real hit home
Oct07

For a Las Vegas native, difference between virtual and real hit home

By Dylan Doherty I was hesitant when my fiancée, Kelsey Ronan, suggested I write for East Village Magazine. Unlike her, I was not born in Flint, Michigan, or even the Midwest. I didn’t have the fascination and dedication to the city where I spent twenty years of my youth that Kelsey displayed for Flint. Instead I thought of my home town as a black hole, a negative space bending all surrounding architectural and cultural ideas towards...

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Village Life:  Wilbur the “Flint Strong” dog, tangled vines and a city’s fate
Oct01

Village Life: Wilbur the “Flint Strong” dog, tangled vines and a city’s fate

By Jan Worth-Nelson In a conference room at City Hall recently after a typically chaotic council meeting, Councilman Herbert Winfrey leaned across a table and said something that stuck in my brain. He said, “A city is what it accepts.” I’m still thinking about that. It’s a sunny Wednesday, late September, and the heat has finally broken.   I’m in my upstairs office, the window to my left open to blessed fresh air for the first time in...

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City Council still says no to GLWA:  “I’d rather go to jail,” Van Buren declares
Sep29

City Council still says no to GLWA: “I’d rather go to jail,” Van Buren declares

By Jan Worth-Nelson As the court-appointed mediator and two attorneys for the city council sat quietly in the back of the room, eight of nine Flint City Council members today vociferously declared they “will not be bullied” into agreeing  to a water supply contract they are not ready to sign. The special session in city hall chambers was called as an update following a week of reportedly intense mediation efforts in the...

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Tree removal funds, Flint Fresh, crime and safety among CCNA highlights
Sep28

Tree removal funds, Flint Fresh, crime and safety among CCNA highlights

By Kim Owens On the eve of autumn’s return, the College Cultural Neighborhood Association’s monthly meetings resumed appropriately with a discussion of trees. After introducing the 2017-2018 officers, President Mike Keeler thanked the group for helping the neighborhood protect its trees. Several motions have been made to the Flint City Council regarding funds for trimming services, he said. The original motion was to give funds to the...

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Commentary on the mayoral recall:  why your ballot will be different
Sep28

Commentary on the mayoral recall: why your ballot will be different

By Paul Rozycki For the fourth time in as many mayors, Flint’s mayor is facing a recall election. However, unlike the recall of Woodrow Stanley in 2002, the near-recall of Don Williamson (before resignation) in 2009, and the attempted recall of Dayne Walling in 2010, this November’s recall election will be different—and may surprise voters. The official reason given for the recall of Mayor Weaver is the dispute over Flint’s trash...

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“Where are the journalists?” Part One:  threats to local news persist as Flint Journal dwindles
Sep26

“Where are the journalists?” Part One: threats to local news persist as Flint Journal dwindles

“Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom…of the press…” First Amendment, United States Constitution “Journalism is the only profession explicitly protected by the U.S. Constitution, because journalists are supposed to be the check and balance on government. We’re supposed to be holding those in power accountable. We’re not supposed to be their megaphone. That’s what the corporate media have become.” Amy Goodman, Democracy...

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