I lived in Flint Township in the mid 1980s working for EDS (contractor) at Buick City, and returned to Grand Blanc, on the South side of Flint in the mid 1990s, to retire at age 40. I frequently spent time in Flint, although less after I stopped doing work inside the city. EDS moved us to an office building outside the city limits to avoid the Flint City Income tax. Nowhere in Roger & Me did Michael Moore discuss the inept city government sucking the life out of GM and its employees.
25 years later, Buick City is nothing more than a fence guarding concrete slabs growing over with weeds. Former Rep Dale Kildee proposed bulldozing large sections of the city and letting it return to nature. His nephew Dan Kildee runs a land trust taking title to all the abandoned and stripped houses.
So what would it take to turn Flint around? Not Eric Mays…
Maybe there is something in the water. (the North Side of Flint was where the economy was dominated by prostitution and drugs).
Unfortunately, each day Charlotte is inching closer to becoming Flint. If they try fleece Bank of America to solve the city’s “affordable housing crisis”, and BofA were to leave the city, the collapse could happen very quickly. Too big to leave? Boeing moved its HQ from Seattle to Chicago and quickly Transformed a liberal paradise into a city of outdoor defecation and heroin junkies.