Flint

The Expedition Denali Team photo
Courtesy photo / 'An American Ascent'

Flint has a new series dedicated to highlighting films of African Americans. We speak with an organizer of their next film, "An American Ascent." We also talk with some of the folks behind this documentary about the first African-American team to try to climb the highest mountain in North America, Mt. Denali.


Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Dr. Karen Weaver was sworn in as the new mayor of Flint just over two weeks ago. The first female mayor in the city’s history has a lot on her plate, from lead-contaminated drinking water to the struggle to free her city from state oversight. We talk with Mayor Weaver about her plan to tackle these and other challenges.


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We check in with Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about November’s biggest environmental stories, including the legal consequences of Flint’s water crisis and Michigan’s stake in the upcoming Paris climate summit.


Jim Ananich at podium
Michigan Senate Democrats

There are already three investigations looming to learning more about the Flint water crisis.  State Senator Jim Ananich wants another. Current State talks to Ananich about that and the road funding plan he's calling a "sham."

Darnell Earley photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Twice, Delta Township resident Darnell Earley has been appointed as an Emergency Manager in Michigan: once in Flint and currently in the Detroit Public Schools. Current State talks with Earley about the Flint water switch and why he thinks the legislature should pass the Governor’s Detroit schools funding plan.


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We talk to Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about October’s biggest environmental stories, including Flint’s water crisis and how Canada’s recent election could impact the Great Lakes.

Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


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Michigan officials are admitting they have “changed paths” regarding the safety of drinking water in Flint.  A state government effort is now underway to address unsafe levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.  

Late last week, Genesee County health authorities declared a public health emergency after learning that drinking water in some parts of the city contains several times the levels of lead it should.   Lead poses a variety of serious health risks, especially to young people.

Reports say tens of thousands of homes in the city have lead issues.

Courtesy Parkbelt Drive residents

Back in August, we brought you the story of an online fundraising effort aimed at bringing in enough money to pay for the demolition of a single burned-out house in Flint. Gordon Young is a Flint expat and author of “Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City”. His idea was simple: while Flint has hundreds of abandoned homes, and some neighborhoods suffer mightily from such blight, he wanted to find a house that needed tearing down in an otherwise well maintained neighborhood, one where the demolition would improve the neighborhood’s chances of thriving into the future.

Courtesy - "Fight Blight and Spur Revival in Flint, Michigan"

It’s no secret that Flint has been ravaged by blight and neglect over the past couple of decades. Hundreds, if not thousands, of abandoned homes are scattered across the city. While Flint’s problems are pretty daunting when viewed all at once, one former Flint resident has decided to help out by focusing on a single, burned-out, abandoned house.

Between pensions and police: Flint faces financial situation

Jul 17, 2014
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In Flint, 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.

Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy

May 20, 2014
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Flint is renowned as the birthplace of General Motors 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.

Former EM: Flint will take time

Jan 16, 2014
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For two years, Flint native Michael Brown served as the city of Flint’s Emergency Manager. He has recently returned to Prima Civitas in East Lansing as president.

Flint formalizes plan for future

Nov 15, 2013
http://www.imagineflint.com/

Flint is a city that has lost half its population over the last 50 years.  Its poverty rate far exceeds the state average.  And across the nation, Flint bears the harsh moniker of the “murder capital of America.”

Juan Madrid

Flint: the most violent city in the nation, a failed city, an urban wasteland.  These are the headlines that have defined Flint, but they don’t tell the whole story.

“Welcome to Flint,” is a collaborative project by photographers Juan Madrid and Brett Carlsen.

The two New York-based artists travel on and off to Michigan, trying to capture the city of Flint. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke to the pair about their project.

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