“What’s next? What do we do with all this?” Tracee Glab, new FIA executive director, welcomes new era
Aug22

“What’s next? What do we do with all this?” Tracee Glab, new FIA executive director, welcomes new era

By Tom Travis “The arts have meant a lot in terms of transforming my life. I grew up in the southwest Detroit, immigrant neighborhood —  mostly Italians, in the shadow of the Ford Rouge Plant. A lot of people that lived in my neighborhood worked at Ford or for Marathon Oil or one of the other industries in the area. So it was a very hard working, working-class, blue collar neighborhood. That significant background is part...

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“Blight elimination” top priority in Mayor’s plan to allocate $94 million ARPA funds
Jun15

“Blight elimination” top priority in Mayor’s plan to allocate $94 million ARPA funds

By Tom Travis Mayor Sheldon Neeley and his administration outlined a proposal to allocate the $94 million American Rescue Plan funds awarded to Flint in April 2021 at a special city council meeting Monday. The proposal calls for $69.5 million of the funds to be used for housing and blight elimination ($33.6 million); economic development ($11.57 million); safety and crime prevention ($10.2 million);  infrastructure ($7.475 million)...

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Public speakers plead with council to approve updated zoning ordinance
Apr26

Public speakers plead with council to approve updated zoning ordinance

By Tom Travis A passel of young people from across Flint attended the last city council committee meeting to show their support and rally the council to approve the new proposed zoning ordinance. The new ordinance is expected to be on the council’s agenda the first week of May. In a nearly unanimous council response each council member chimed in agreeing that the city needs updated zoning codes. One of the many public speakers,...

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I-475 corridor community input meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at FIM
Mar08

I-475 corridor community input meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at FIM

By Tom Travis (This article has been updated to reflect a change of venue for the March 22 meeting.) The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has announced another in a series of public meetings for public input on the I-475 corridor for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 followed by another presentation at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting will be held at The Whiting, 1241 East Kearsley Street in Flint. COVID safety precautions will be...

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Commentary:  Addressing Flint’s racial and economic inequities should be top priority for $94.7 million ARPA funds use
Feb16

Commentary: Addressing Flint’s racial and economic inequities should be top priority for $94.7 million ARPA funds use

By Linda Pohly On June 1, 2020, in the wake of the George Floyd murder and during the early days of the COVID -19 pandemic, the city council and mayor of Flint adopted a joint resolution declaring that racism is a public health crisis and setting out a plan for addressing the crisis as a city. The joint resolution described the marked disparities in the economic and health impacts of the pandemic on communities of color.  It stated:...

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Five proposed Flint redistricting maps to be considered by Flint Election Commission at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
Feb16

Five proposed Flint redistricting maps to be considered by Flint Election Commission at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

By Tom Travis The Flint Election Commission has announced a meeting regarding the redrawing of city ward boundaries (redistricting) for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.  The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 1101 South Saginaw St. Flint’s Elections Commission is made up of City Clerk Inez Brown, City Assessor Stacey Kaake and Assistant City Attorney JoAnne Gurley. A document detailing five...

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