Flint developer will attend international urban planning conference

Flint developer will attend international urban planning conference

Community developer Glenn Wilson will travel to New Castle, Australia, following his selection as a participant in the Next City Vanguard Conference that brings together notable young, urban innovators. Wilson, president and CEO of Flint-based Communities First, Inc., was chosen from 220 applicants who’ll assemble with a range of other professionals including architects, artists, urban […]

Crim symbolizes community’s race to finish line

Crim symbolizes community’s race to finish line

If life is viewed as a race the city of Flint has become a major competitor. The training regimen of uphill climbs through economic downturns and unemployment has strengthened its legs. Accepting the uncertain, but ongoing, challenge of reinvention has built its endurance. Factoring unforeseeable illness and efforts to recover from the issues associated with […]

Energizing Flint: $2 million pledge to support Flint high school graduates is welcome news

Energizing Flint: $2 million pledge to support Flint high school graduates is welcome news

Two million: That’s the commitment that Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and the Consumers Energy Foundation collectively pledged toward creating a Flint Promise scholarship fund for Flint high school graduates. Consumers Energy Foundation’s $1 million commitment is the largest it has ever given, according to company officials, who distributed $840,000 to Genesee County-based nonprofits over […]

Mobile market rolls through remainder of August

Mobile market rolls through remainder of August

Fresh, healthy market products are still making the rounds through Flint. Neighborhood sites across the city continue to welcome the mobile food pantry as the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) distribute goods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. The St. Michael Catholic […]

Flint gets jazzy for three-day weekend music festival

Flint gets jazzy for three-day weekend music festival

The sound of jazz is providing one more reason for visitors to explore the often-overlooked cultural jewels of Flint. The 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 11 and jams every evening through Sunday, Aug. 13 in the “Meadow,” on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center at Chavez Avenue and Longway Boulevard. […]

Opioid abuse explosion brings new opportunity for solutions

Opioid abuse explosion brings new opportunity for solutions

Opioid use disorder exploded by 493 percent in Americans diagnosed from 2010 to 2016, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBS) study released this week. The nationwide epidemic of addiction that has particularly devastated the South and Midwest reflects an ongoing challenge for the healthcare, law enforcement and neighborhoods, including those in Michigan, […]

True Champions: Affordable housing champions deserve our applause

True Champions: Affordable housing champions deserve our applause

Applauding advocates of affordable housing Champions are more than competitors we celebrate after sports victories. They are everyday people, our friends and neighbors, who devote themselves to causes that benefit us all. One of those champions in the realm of affordable housing and community development is James L. Logue III, CEO of Develop Michigan and […]

Christopher Paul Curtis and other authors with ties to Flint come home to woo us with words

Christopher Paul Curtis and other authors with ties to Flint come home to woo us with words

His writing is a reflection of us. That’s how Flint native and celebrated author Christopher Paul Curtis describes his personal style. “My effort, and the efforts of many other writers of fiction for young people, is, to paraphrase Jacqueline Woodson and Rudine Sims Bishop, to simply hold a mirror so that I can reflect the […]

Fertile Ground: Ruth Mott Foundation grants are seeding hope

Fertile Ground: Ruth Mott Foundation grants are seeding hope

Our cities and neighborhoods need more seed sewing. The spark of investment, financial or otherwise, is especially crucial in communities challenged by underemployment and lack of other growth opportunities. But who has the vision to help cultivate blocks of often cracked and worn concrete into fertile ground? Where the goal of sowing seed is transformation, […]