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Look in any direction from Bianca Bates' north Flint home, and you'll see graffiti-covered siding, boarded-up windows and overgrown lots.
About half of the homes on her block are burned out or vacant magnets for drug dealers and squatters. It isn't where she thought she'd end up, but it's all she can afford to rent.
"It's a dangerous place to live," said Bates, 21, who lives on East Russell Avenue. "Everywhere you look, these houses are empty around here."
Property abandonment is getting so bad in Flint that some in government are talking about an extreme measure that was once unthinkable -- shutting down portions of the city, officially abandoning them and cutting off police and fire service.
Temporary Mayor Michael Brown made the off-the-cuff suggestion Friday in response to a question at a Rotary Club of Flint luncheon about the thousands of empty houses in Flint.
Originally posted by smokehouseslim
Whatever happened to the Gibson Guitar Company/the Auto Industry & several other high end industries up there, I don't know. But there must be a powerful Mojo Hand at work for sure. I can see losing some Cereal & some cars but to lose the legendary Gibson Guitar company who is the standard by which all others are judged....Maybe bad luck was meant to be.
Survivalists- this is your golden opportunity! Head on up to Flint, and put those survival strategy theories to the test!