Land Bank aims to “make neighborhoods whole again,”  new director Michael Freeman says
May27

Land Bank aims to “make neighborhoods whole again,” new director Michael Freeman says

By Tom Travis The Land Bank of Genesee County owns, maintains and manages more than 15,000 properties in the City of Flint–a whopping 27 percent of the city’s land. Yet many in the community may not know what it is and how it has become a leading influence on the city’s landscape of abandonment and rehabilitation. Of those 15,000-plus properties, more than 9,000 are residential and nearly 300 are commercial....

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City Council accepts a $550,000 C.S. Mott grant addition; Mayor scolds Council President for “ageist” attack on City Clerk
May27

City Council accepts a $550,000 C.S. Mott grant addition; Mayor scolds Council President for “ageist” attack on City Clerk

By Tom Travis The City Council approved a budget amendment for a grant extension of $550,000 from the C.S. Mott Foundation and passed a resolution for a tax abatement on a commercial property on the east side of Flint at a Tuesday evening meeting.. The Council also scheduled an electronic/video Special City Council meeting for 1 pm. Thursday, May 28 to discuss the 2021/2022 city budget. After the meeting Mayor Sheldon Neeley scolded...

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Review:  Latest Flint book, “Poisoned Water” belongs in classrooms, libraries all over America
May27

Review: Latest Flint book, “Poisoned Water” belongs in classrooms, libraries all over America

By Harold C. Ford “Flint was an example of the nation at its worst but also its best.”             — Candy J. Cooper, Poisoned Water I’ve just added a fourth book to my personal collection of publications about Flint’s water crisis: Poisoned Water:  How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation, written by Candy J. Cooper, with Marc Aronson, released May 19 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Cooper is...

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With masks, gloves, sanitizing in place,  Flint Farmers’ Market plans phased reopening June 2
May26

With masks, gloves, sanitizing in place, Flint Farmers’ Market plans phased reopening June 2

The Flint Farmers’ Market, closed to the public since March 28, today announced it is preparing to welcome back customers starting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. At first the market will be open only Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the exception of Thursday, June 4 when it will be closed to allow the market to evaluate  the re-opening procedures from the first trial date. Curbside pickup will continue to be available 1 to 5...

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City Council to discuss budget, contracts in public tele/video session tonight at 5:30 p.m.
May26

City Council to discuss budget, contracts in public tele/video session tonight at 5:30 p.m.

The City Council will meet by telephone and video conference tonight in a regular meeting. The City Council has been meeting by telephone/video conference since March when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer put in place a Stay Safe, Stay Home  order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Chief on the agenda will be a return to discussion of the proposed city budget, which is supposed to be adopted by the council by the first Monday in June. How the...

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More than 500 Flint residents get COVID-19 tested in two-day blitz
May25

More than 500 Flint residents get COVID-19 tested in two-day blitz

By Jan Worth-Nelson More than 500 Flint residents lined up their cars on the streets surrounding Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, moving slowly forward to get tested for COVID-19 on Sunday and today, Memorial Day. They were greeted by State Rep. Cynthia Neeley, a driving force in organizing the two-day event at her home church, and her husband, Mayor Sheldon Neeley.  Both in masks, they walked up and down the line of cars, chatting...

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