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In its Community Progress Blog, the Center for Community Progress recently featured a five-part series of stories on resident-led revitalization efforts that are making a difference in Flint, Michigan. With a poverty nearly triple the statewide rate, Flint is the focus of multiple city, state and federal redevelopment programs. But some dedicated residents are rolling up their sleeves and finding ways to improve conditions and opportunities in their neighborhoods themselves. The series highlights:

  • a resident-owned food co-op that is bringing fresh food to the north side of Flint, an area abandoned by large chain grocery stores;
  • how the fledgling Eastside Franklin Park Neighborhood Association is forming partnerships with established nonprofits to create a new green space and garden;
  • the revitalization of crime-plagued Dewey Park with the help of volunteers, some of whom once dealt drugs in the park;
  • how small, community-based groups conducted property surveys for the city’s 2012 master planning effort, which provided the city with needed data while building residents’ investment in the plan; and
  • the efforts by residents and block clubs to rid their neighborhoods of blight by mowing vacant lots and cleaning up trash.  

Read the full series to find out how Flint residents took revitalization efforts into their own hands: #FlintRevitalizing

Posted in Engaging, Implementing, Community Safety, Parks, Open Space & Greening

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