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What Flint needs…

September 22, 2009

“The Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), Detroit’s trade association of community development organizations, has released a statement outlining eight essential principles for the revitalization of Detroit and its neighborhoods.  The eight-point statement is a product of the on-going work of CDAD’s Community Development Futures Task Force, and a precursor to the full written report expected in December 2009.” See the statement here.

It reflects the needs of the City of Flint very well.  To put it in my own simple terms Flint needs:

  1. A BOLD, NEW VISION OF REVITALIZATION!
  2. A bold, new vision of revitalization FOR THE WHOLE CITY!
  3. A bold, new vision of revitalization for the whole city IN THE LONG TERM!
  4. Stabilization and enhancement of existing, viable neighborhoods.
  5. Crazy new ideas for vacant land and increased density everywhere else.
  6. Collaboration.
  7. Involve neighborhoods/community organizations in developing strategies to achieve this vision.
  8. A comprehensive, transparent and public process for the whole thing, from beginning to end.
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