Michigan State University faculty and students are producing a documentary on a vision of Flint as a healthier, greener city. It will show the challenges of bringing fresh produce to a food desert, feeding schools, providing educational options and battling bureaucracy.
On Wednesdays through July, Great Lakes Echo will run a segment expected to become a building block of the finished story. You can help.
The Greening of Flint main page is where to post questions, suggest interviews, make comments or offer suggestions to help producers tell the story of a city trying to re-grow its roots literally and figuratively as a model for post-industrial revitalization. It also contains links to each of the published segments and tells which ones are coming up.
Central to the urban agriculture efforts and the move toward sustainable economic development in Flint is the debate on “shrinking the city” because of the large inventory of vacant, overgrown lots and abandoned homes. Estelle Holley or Mama E lives in one of Flint’s dead zones or no-service sections of the city. In this clip, she and Mayor Dayne Walling are on the same side of the debate.
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