For decades now, Flint, Mich., located about 60 miles northwest of Detroit, has been dogged by a terrible reputation. From the film “Roger and Me,” a chronicle of the city’s descent into poverty as manufacturing jobs dried up, to the steady stream of national headlines about its high ranking in areas such as violent crime and population decline, the place is cast in an overwhelmingly negative light.
But there’s been one recent bright spot, thanks to a collaboration involving the municipality, the University of Michigan, and various neighborhood, city and county partners. These institutions worked together to establish a large eco-park in Flint — one that can serve more than 10,000 low-income, African-American residents, 29 percent of whom are under 18. Read the full story.