Analysis:  Citizens speak up and votes are swayed, as City Council turns down tax abatement in Carriage Town
Feb27

Analysis: Citizens speak up and votes are swayed, as City Council turns down tax abatement in Carriage Town

By Tom Travis On Monday Feb. 24 , Flint City Council voted 5 to 4 against a proposed tax abatement for a property development in the neighborhood that birthed General Motors. The decision may mean the end of the project, which has been vigorously protested by a group of its neighbors.  The property, formerly a Hamady grocery store and owned by Troy Farah, is at the corner of University Avenue and Grand Traverse Boulevard., just a few...

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“Hair on fire!”   FPL Director Kay Schwartz, staff synchronizing complex library moves, “working our hearts out”
Feb26

“Hair on fire!” FPL Director Kay Schwartz, staff synchronizing complex library moves, “working our hearts out”

By Zach Neithercut “Is my hair on fire?” That’s what Flint Public Library Director Kay Schwartz says she blurts out these days to anybody asking how things are going. Schwartz is at the helm of a complicated–and extremely rewarding–set of maneuvers as the 60-year-old library on Kearsley Street begins preparations for its massive makeover — a $27.6 million project to transform the aging facility from...

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Bucks’ success continues into off season
Feb26

Bucks’ success continues into off season

By Harold C. Ford The 2019 on-field success of the Flint City Bucks during their first season in The Vehicle City—including a national championship in the United Soccer League Two (USL2)—has continued into the off-season.  Top honors for the club’s executives and the ascension of three former players into Major League Soccer (MLS) accentuated the Bucks’ impressive inaugural season in Flint. Executive awards The Bucks’ Dan Duggan and...

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Education Beat:  Flint Community Schools move toward March 10 millage renewal, no closures in sight
Feb25

Education Beat: Flint Community Schools move toward March 10 millage renewal, no closures in sight

By Harold C. Ford At the Feb. 19 meeting of the Flint Community Schools’ (FCS) Board of Education, Superintendent Derrick Lopez announced a public information campaign that seeks voter approval for a March 10 millage restructuring proposal.  Lopez emphasized that the proposal is not a millage increase.  Rather, it’s a restructuring of a 4.0 mill currently assessed property owners. For the moment, however, the FCS board is setting...

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New report highlights progress and perils facing Flint kids:  nutrition, literacy enhanced;  poverty still high
Feb25

New report highlights progress and perils facing Flint kids: nutrition, literacy enhanced; poverty still high

By Coner Segren The story of Flint in the past decade has largely been a tale of two cities. While the unemployment rate has fallen by more than half since 2010, 69 percent of Flint children under the age of 5 are living in poverty. And that is just one of the many challenges facing families in Genesee County in the wake of the Flint water crisis per a report presented by the Greater Flint Health Coalition at the first “State of Flint...

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