Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Flint Michigan: From Vehicle City to Dodge City

Rampant crime gives Flint aura of wild West. (Detroit News, 7/6/2011)

Excerpt: Before GM began leaving in 1978, Flint was a bastion of plentiful jobs that paid well. The bounty provided abundant city services and cultural institutions.

Population of Flint Michigan 1910-2010
                                  1910  1920  1930  1940   1950  1960   1970   1980  1990   2000   2010 

Within a decade, Flint became one of the poorest cities in the state with one of the highest jobless rates. Today, 1 in 5 residents is unemployed while one of three lives in poverty, according to state and census figures

Related posts:
Take another look at library consolidation. (6/6/2011)
Reactions to closing of West Flint branch.  (5/17/2011)
Library not likely to send a thank-you note to GM.  (12/3/2010)
Citizens launch "Keep our Library" campaign.  (6/13/2010)

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