This is Michael Mixerr. Today I will revisit and talk about the history about Flint, the crazy politics surrounding Flint, and what we can do to make Flint a thriving city it once was. So listen up very closely!
As many of you know or did not
know, Flint started as a fur trade post in 1796. In the 19th century,
Flint was a college town as Detroit was. In 1880, Flint built Mott
College and U of M - Flint which was home to many upper class political
scholars and many upper class people. In the 20th century, Flint was
donned the name Vehicle City because of the number of cars Flint
produced. Automobile manufacturers such as GM, Ford, Buick, and Chrysler
had factories in Flint. Business was booming in 1950s and 1960s. The
1950s through the 1970s were the peak decades. Everything was going
great back then. Basketball became a popular sport in Flint.
the 1980s is when things started getting bad. During the 1980s is when
politicians began taking advantage of its citizens and stopped caring
about Flint all together. Companies such as GM and Ford started shutting
down their factories and sending their jobs to other low wage
countries. Crack cocaine hit the city very hard in the housing projects.
Politicians started getting lazy, greedy, and corrupt like they are
today and back then as well. The politicians didn't do anything about
the cultural problems that needed to be solved. People then stopped
Ever since GM closed down their automobile
manufacturing plants in Flint in 1988, Flint has gotten worse year by
year. GM basically outsourced their jobs to other countries. While
Detroit, Saginaw, and Pontiac were economically suffering from the
automobile plant shutdowns and outsourcing, the effects on Flint was
absolutely devastating! In 1988, Flint was rated one of the worst places
to live in the United States by Money Magazine and had the highest
violent crime rate per capita. As well as the murder rate. Flint at that
time was gaining notoriety for being a major violent crime center.
got worse in the 1990s! The 90s was the decade that proved to be the
worst for Flint, Michigan. Nearly half the city of Flint was living on
food stamps, the police department was reduced to 6 police officers, a
lot of the buildings in Downtown Flint, and a lot of houses are being
torn down as well as abandoned. In 1994, the Flint Police Department was
reduced down to 6 police officers, so the city of Flint had to rely on
Michigan State Police for support and help. There was only 4 police
officers to cover every 2 blocks at that time! In the 21st century,
things in Flint were getting better slowly. City officials have decided
to rebuild Downtown Flint as well as the university area. The city
officials are turning Flint into a college town in order to change from a
factory town to a college town. Flint is transitioning from a blue
collar town to a white collar town basically. They are doing well at
promoting Kettering University. Despite having only 6 police officers
for the whole city and having a high crime rate, life in Flint is not as
bad as it used to be. Flint is getting slowly better, but there is
still much to fix.
Today Flint is one
of those American cities in decline right now as is Detroit. Flint is a
lot like Detroit in many similar ways. Today Flint is one of those
American cities in decline right now as is Detroit. Both Flint and
Detroit have very high crime rates due to political corruption. Both
cities are poor. Both cities have a Democratic majority when it comes to
politics. Both cities had trouble coming to agreements when it came to
It quite sad seeing a city such as Flint that
was once great now in shambles. The cocaine trade has taken over the
city. There have been more than 600 unsolved murders in 13 years in
Flint. Flint right now has a population of 100,000.! That's scary with
all those crimes, isn't it?! There are not enough police officers in the
Flint Police force as I had mentioned earlier before.
cities are rebuilding their downtown areas, but Downtown Flint is nearly
done being rebuilt while Downtown Detroit is just getting started. Both
Flint and Detroit were car manufacturing cities. They were both blue
collar towns. But the bright side is that basketball is BIG in Flint,
Michigan! Just as it is in San Antonio, Texas.
conclusion… if the local citizens of Flint and the city officials had
taken more action in the past, things would have been a lot different.
Both sides should stood up to the big corporations and made stay in
town. Sure there are drugs and political corruption in Flint just like
in every other city on Planet Earth. As I said, things are not all that
bad. They will get better.
As for fixing Flint, here is what you should do…
citizens, do not give up your hope on your legislators and politicians.
Talk to them and tell them how they can fix the problems in Flint that
effect the Flint area. Tell your local politicians of how they can help
bring Flint back to what it once was. Tell your local politicians how
they can put money back into the city, bring in more business, fix the
roads, get more housing, more funding for the government, and fix
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