Take a walk down Flint’s main thoroughfare, and Saginaw Street resembles a city in transition. Ask any of the 102,000 residents, whose number has been rapidly declining since big auto’s exodus, and Michigan’s seventh largest city feels anything but lucky.
Dizzying crime rate.
And a water crisis that has captivated a nation.
To say that Flint has been hit with a bad blow would be an understatement. The city has taken it on the chin, and is now primed for its second act. The city’s resiliency is emblematic of the can-do spirit of its residents.
Look no further than Valerie Horton, who parlayed a 33-year General Motors career into a second calling as a potter and arts surrogate by introducing her Chosen Few Arts Council to Flint’s arts-deprived youth.
There’s found objects artist Ryan Gregory and his awesomely bizarre contraptions that are byproducts of a 20-something’s limitless imagination coupled with Flint’s raw and overlooked resources.
And, after growing up on Flint’s rough north side and nine years of incarceration, Leon El-Alamin is poised for redemption by empowering Flint’s at-risk youth.
While Flint has been shaken by a federal state of emergency fueled by the unimaginable, these individuals are charting a new course flowing with a hope and optimism that might just make all the difference.
And as for luck, well, we should all be willing to bet on Flint.
This is For Flint.