Gas-burning cars and trucks will be left behind, futurists of SEJ panel predict at Factory One
Oct16

Gas-burning cars and trucks will be left behind, futurists of SEJ panel predict at Factory One

By Harold C. Ford A panel of automotive futurists anticipated the next great transportation transition for the human species during the first day of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ (SEJ) 28th Annual Conference in Flint, Oct. 3-7.  That transition will likely leave behind individually-owned, gas-burning cars and trucks as travelers opt for autonomous, electric, shared vehicles. Panelists included: freelance...

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Book Review:  “Winners Take All” pinpoints elites’ “helping and hoarding” while abetting unjust status quo
Oct16

Book Review: “Winners Take All” pinpoints elites’ “helping and hoarding” while abetting unjust status quo

Review by Robert R. Thomas The recent successful Genesee County millage for-the-arts vote, which starting in January and for the next ten years will bring in $8.7 million/year of taxpayers’ money to a dozen nonprofit arts organizations, got me thinking about the mingling of private and public monies and how that business/governance hybrid works, especially the accountability factor. For some insight, if not answers, I turned to...

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Review:  Chilly Artwalk brings witches, quilts, music, and “South of the Border” to warm up downtown scene
Oct15

Review: Chilly Artwalk brings witches, quilts, music, and “South of the Border” to warm up downtown scene

By Patsy Isenberg On a chilly Oct. 12, Artwalk brought not only great art but quilts, music and witches.  The nip in the air didn’t discourage lots of people from walking around in downtown Flint for sensory experiences found at several galleries and many other businesses that night. At GFAC the Genesee Star Quilters (GSQ) took over the entire space.  Very large handmade quilts created by members adorned  the walls.  The larger quilts...

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National journalists gliding into the Flint River see herons, egrets, kingfishers–and pride
Oct13

National journalists gliding into the Flint River see herons, egrets, kingfishers–and pride

By Jan Worth-Nelson Last Saturday during the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Flint, participants were offered a handful of local tours.  One of the most popular was a kayak trip down the Flint River sponsored by the Flint River Watershed Coalition.   Paddling enthusiasts convened at the launch site west of Grand Traverse Street,  where they were welcomed by Rebecca Fedewa, executive director of the Flint River...

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Book Review:  David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car by Lawrence Gustin
Oct13

Book Review: David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car by Lawrence Gustin

by Harold C. Ford Get your name on 40 million cars and you’re bound to find fame and fortune.  Nonetheless, David Dunbar Buick was forgotten first by the company that bears his name, then by the public, and ultimately by historians. Author, Flint native, former Flint Journal reporter and retired Buick assistant public relations director Lawrence Gustin aims to correct this historical oversight with his 2006 book David Buick’s...

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“Hire local,”  union picketers urge at Flint Cultural Center Academy site;  FCCC: “We did.” Contractor:  “We are local.”
Oct11

“Hire local,” union picketers urge at Flint Cultural Center Academy site; FCCC: “We did.” Contractor: “We are local.”

By Jan Worth-Nelson Ed:  This story has been updated to add comments from Houston Mellentine, lead foreman for Structural Precast Services, a subcontractor on the Flint Cultural Center project.  A group of picketers from several local unions at the construction site of the Flint Cultural Center Academy say they will stay at the site “until it’s finished” to argue that the project should have hired more local workers....

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