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Published on Monday, August 04, 2014

Moving Forward

Blight Elimination Workshops

The Planning Department, in partnership with the Land Bank, is pleased to announce the success of the 9 ward workshops held throughout the city last month. Many collaborative thoughts were shared on the issue of blight in Flint’s neighborhoods. The Imagine Flint team would like to extend our deepest thanks to the nearly 400 residents and stakeholders who came out to support efforts toward blight elimination. The goal of each workshop was to provide participants with information regarding the Beyond Blight: Blight Elimination Framework and give them an opportunity to have their questions answered as well as their opinions heard. The participants were asked to share their opinions on neighborhood blocks most in need of blight removal and provide reasoning for that area. They were also asked to vote on the blight removal actions they feel are most important to be done. Lively discussions were had all around, and the Imagine Flint team is especially happy with the overall spirit of community that was on display at each workshop. Residents were asked to fill out surveys and write down the reason for determining their priority blight remediation activities and areas. Feedback received at the workshops is currently being reviewed, and input provided will be taken into consideration before final revisions are made to the Blight Elimination Framework. 

Another positive consequence of the ward workshops was the opportunity to share information about community events and the many ways that residents can be a part of taking blight right in their own neighborhoods. A Neighborhood Resource Calendar was distributed at each of the workshops and can be found here. This is an excellent resource for those dedicated to the work of eliminating blight and improving their communities!

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Author: ImagineFlint

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