The GOOD 100: Bulldozing Cities The GOOD 100: Bulldozing Cities
The GOOD 100: Bulldozing Cities
Small Is Beautiful: The case for shrinking citiesThe quality of a city is determined by what life is like for the people who live there-not by how many people live there.So why is my suggestion that my hometown of Flint should shrink-reducing the "built" environment-creating such a stir? Is our American obsession with growth and expansion so pervasive that a community would rather fail at being large than succeed and become a smaller place?Flint is the birthplace of General Motors. It was once the center of the automotive universe, with a population of 200,000 and more than 80,000 people working for that one company. Flint exported cars and imported cash-and we thought that it would never end. The company town's 1965 master plan, still the formal plan for the city, expected the population to grow to 250,000. But today, those GM jobs are nearly all gone; the population hovers at just over 100,000 and is falling.So, I have made a simple suggestion: that we redesign our city for the population that we actually have, not for the city we once were. Flint has lost 90,000 residents during the last 40 years, and those residents did not take their houses with them. Left behind is a city comprised of some vibrant neighborhoods, and some that are populated with empty houses, reminding the few residents still there that they live in a failed place.And there are people who live in neighborhoods that could go either way. It is mainly those residents that I want to help, so that rather than being surrounded by thousands of empty and abandoned houses, residents of Flint would have a choice: live in one of the dense and sustainable neighborhoods that our population can actually support, or live in a more rural part of the city, surrounded by a garden, or a meadow, or even a stand of trees.
The "free market" failed Flint already.Critics of this idea span the political spectrum. From the right it's called social engineering, imposing the will of government onto the "free market." To some of my friends on the left, I am "anti-urban," giving up rather than fighting to repopulate my city.They're both wrong. The "free market" has failed Flint already, and the best way to make the city attractive again is to rid it of blight and abandonment. By making it attractive to the residents that already live here, maybe someday it will attract new residents as well.This plan would never force anyone to leave his or her home; rather, it would give residents choices where now they have one option only: to live surrounded by blight.I am not against growth. I'll be thrilled if Flint grows again. I just don't believe the only way Flint will become a better place is to somehow convince 90,000 people to move back to the city overnight. There has to be another way.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped raise $340,000 for a trans rights group while proving her nerd cred at the same time. The case is currently being heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Comedic genius Bill Bailey shows how the U.S. national anthem played in a minor key makes it sound Russian. Not being political here. This is just brilliant.
Mom breaks down realizing her daughter was practicing lockdown drill in ‘cute’ bathroom picture. ”At that moment all innocence of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone.”
Tech writer's tweet about Facebook's viral photo challenge is making some people nervous. Is there a conspiracy going on here?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped raise $340,000 for a trans rights group while proving her nerd cred at the same time. The Apollo 11 mission was so risky, Nixon had a speech ready in case the astronauts were left to die on the moon. For anyone who’s ever wondered if organic food is really better or just more expensive — check this out. Comedic genius Bill Bailey shows how the U.S. national anthem played in a minor key makes it sound Russian. Mom breaks down realizing her daughter was practicing lockdown drill in ‘cute’ bathroom picture. Tech writer's tweet about Facebook's viral photo challenge is making some people nervous. To the people who don't give up on me because of my anxiety and depression. Hillary Clinton just tweeted the best ‘told you so’ in Twitter history. A woman got asked out by the guy who bullied her as a kid, so she stood him up with this awesome note. This NFL player was stuck in the snow trying to get to a playoff game when a homeless man came to his aid. Gillette’s inspiring new toxic masculinity ad asks: “Is this the best a man can get?” New study shows Americans pay the most for health care while getting the least care for it.
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