Flint http://wkar.org en Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation http://wkar.org/post/between-pensions-and-police-flint-faces-financial-situation <p></p><p>In <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/" target="_blank">Flint</a>, city leaders and residents continue to struggle with serious fiscal challenges. Lately, the focus of the debate has been over whether city services or benefits for municipal retirees is more important. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:37:11 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56847 at http://wkar.org Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy http://wkar.org/post/lawsuit-triggers-threat-flint-bankruptcy <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/" target="_blank">Flint</a> is renowned as the birthplace of <a href="http://www.gm.com/" target="_blank">General Motors</a> and for the prosperity it once enjoyed as “Vehicle City.” More recently, that success has been overshadowed by troubles that have trailed the decline of auto manufacturing such as population loss, blight, crime, drugs, and debt. Tue, 20 May 2014 17:03:19 +0000 Mark Bashore 53965 at http://wkar.org Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy Former EM: Flint will take time http://wkar.org/post/former-em-flint-will-take-time <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>For two years, Flint native <a href="http://primacivitas.org/About-Us/Bios/ID/169/Brown-Mike">Michael Brown</a> served as the city of Flint’s Emergency Manager. He has recently returned to <a href="http://primacivitas.org/">Prima Civitas</a> in East Lansing as president. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:28:03 +0000 Current State 48045 at http://wkar.org Former EM: Flint will take time Flint formalizes plan for future http://wkar.org/post/flint-formalizes-plan-future <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/">Flint</a> is a city that has lost half its population over the last 50 years.&nbsp; Its poverty rate far exceeds the state average.&nbsp; And across the nation, Flint bears the harsh moniker of the “murder capital of America.” Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:25:45 +0000 Current State 45348 at http://wkar.org Flint formalizes plan for future Photographers capture the beauty and the misery of Flint http://wkar.org/post/photographers-capture-beauty-and-misery-flint <p></p><p>Flint: the most violent city in the nation, a failed city, an urban wasteland.&nbsp; These are the headlines that have defined Flint, but they don’t tell the whole story.</p><p>“Welcome to Flint,” is a collaborative project by photographers <a href="http://juanmadridphoto.com/homepage.html">Juan Madrid</a> and <a href="http://brettcarlsen.com/#">Brett Carlsen</a>.</p><p>The two New York-based artists travel on and off to Michigan, trying to capture the city of Flint. <em>Current State’s</em> Emanuele Berry spoke to the pair about their project.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:46:59 +0000 Current State 42000 at http://wkar.org Photographers capture the beauty and the misery of Flint 'Teardown' author reflects on his work after Detroit bankruptcy http://wkar.org/post/teardown-author-reflects-his-work-after-detroit-bankruptcy <p></p><p>Back in June, we heard from author Gordon Young. His book about Flint, called<a href="http://www.teardownbook.com"> “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City,” </a>had just been published. Gordon Young is back in East Lansing today to do a Brown Bag presentation for <a href="http://www.hrlr.msu.edu/laborEd/daily.php">Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives,</a>&nbsp; a multi-faceted project run by the <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/s-program/">Michigan Traditional Arts </a>program at the MSU Museum, and by <a href="http://www.hrlr.msu.edu/">MSU’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations.</a></p><p></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:42:18 +0000 Current State 41894 at http://wkar.org 'Teardown' author reflects on his work after Detroit bankruptcy Flint expat writes on returning home http://wkar.org/post/flint-expat-writes-returning-home <p><a href="http://www.teardownbook.com/">"Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City"</a><i> </i>by Michigan native Gordon Young depicts his attempt to return to his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:26:17 +0000 Current State 38135 at http://wkar.org Flint expat writes on returning home Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/once-found-only-developing-world-microfinance-takes-root-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The concept of </span>microfinance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- essentially small loans given to entrepreneurs who are too little or too under-funded to qualify for traditional bank loans -- has exploded in the developing world.&nbsp;</span></p><p>One of the leading online platforms for microfinance is called <a href="http://www.kivadetroit.org/Kiva_Detroit/Kiva_Detroit.html">Kiva</a>, which connects entrepreneurs with interest-free loans offered by community members.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two years ago, with the help of <a href="http://www.michigancorps.org/">Michigan Corps</a>, a Detroit-based non-profit organization, </span>Kiva<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> became the first </span>microfinance<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> effort in the United States. Last month, Michigan Corps expanded </span>Kiva’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> platform into Flint.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:26:22 +0000 Current State 38085 at http://wkar.org Once found only in developing world, microfinance takes root in Michigan Different wars, similar motivations: the history of foreign fighters http://wkar.org/post/different-wars-similar-motivations-history-foreign-fighters <p>Last week, the rather startling news broke of a Flint woman who was killed while fighting in Syria. According to Syrian state television, 33-year-old Nicole Mansfield was killed by government forces on May 29 while fighting alongside anti-government rebels in the northwestern city of Idlib. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:17:44 +0000 Current State 36899 at http://wkar.org Different wars, similar motivations: the history of foreign fighters Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives http://wkar.org/post/congressman-dan-kildee-his-lastest-initiatives <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.dankildee.com/">Dan Kildee</a> said he supports a “Marshall Plan” for U.S. cities that are struggling to get back on their feet. &nbsp;The Flint Democrat says some cities need help transitioning to the “new economy.” &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s Mark Bashore talks with Kildee on his plan, the challenges facing Flint and Saginaw, and deficit reduction.</span></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:56:06 +0000 Current State 33585 at http://wkar.org Congressman Dan Kildee on his lastest initiatives With Detroit facing emergency management, Flint leaders share their experience http://wkar.org/post/detroit-facing-emergency-management-flint-leaders-share-their-experience <p></p><p>A report released Tuesday afternoon by the Detroit emergency review team all but clears the way for Governor Snyder to appoint an emergency manager to take over the city’s finances. This scenario is nothing new to Flint, where, in late 2011, Governor Snyder appointed Michael Brown as emergency manager. &nbsp;</p><p>We speak with Brown, as well as Flint Mayor <a href="http://www.cityofflint.com/mayor/mayorBio.asp">Dayne Walling</a>, about what the experience is like and what Detroit officials can learn from it.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:56:05 +0000 Mark Bashore 31477 at http://wkar.org Michigan House Welcomes Flint's Gold Medal Boxer http://wkar.org/post/michigan-house-welcomes-flints-gold-medal-boxer <p>Members of the Michigan House of Representatives are welcoming home Flint native Claressa Shields, the first Olympic gold medalist in women’s boxing.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:44:19 +0000 Kevin Lavery 22338 at http://wkar.org Michigan House Welcomes Flint's Gold Medal Boxer Embattled Samaritan: Lansing’s Michael Brown Leads Flint During Emergency http://wkar.org/post/embattled-samaritan-lansing-s-michael-brown-leads-flint-during-emergency <p>After a career spent addressing some notable emergencies, Lansing's Michael K. Brown has tackled the fire that is Flint.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 18361 at http://wkar.org Embattled Samaritan: Lansing’s Michael Brown Leads Flint During Emergency Snyder Administration Defends Financial Reviews http://wkar.org/post/snyder-administration-defends-financial-reviews <p>Lawyers acting for Governor Rick Snyder have asked the state Court of Appeals to reverse lower court rulings that blocked the administration’s efforts to resolve financial crises in two cities.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 22:45:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 14639 at http://wkar.org Snyder Administration Defends Financial Reviews