I was reading this article the other day about my hometown Flint, MI and a policy that they have adopted called "Shrink to Survive".
I think the concept makes sense, but I worry that there is no community involvement at least that is the perception that I got from the article. Just a bunch of bureaucrats, in this case the county treasurer, making decisions for the uninformed masses. I am all for tearing down blighted neighborhoods and abandoned properties, but build something there that will be beneficial for the community at large like orchards or gardens.
If anyone here has ever been to Flint, you'll know how dreary and gray it can be, but there was a time when you could walk along the river bank and it didn't wreak of diesel fuel and there were concerts in the park on summer evenings. Anybody ever heard of Autoworld? It was a domed theme park that was erected in downtown that died a pretty awful death. You can only see the giant engine so many times before it gets old.
Flint needs environmental remediation and it needs to be reclaimed for the diehard few that are there toughing it out. There is no mention in the article about bulldozing some of the 2600 acres GM owns within the city limits.
If anyone knows the area or is aware of the situation, I would like to hear from you. I may be completely off base on this one since I haven't lived in Michigan for more than 10 years.