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21

May

2012

Safety and steering committee

Author: ImagineFlint
i just read the power point handouts for the master plan and steering committee. I didn’t see safety as a priority. Are you aware that Flint is number one on the list of the most dangerous cities in the United States? That should be given the most money and priority. Is there any plans in place to secure the safety of citizens and business’? Don’t think responsible families and business will ever return to flint until they feel safe…
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21

May

2012

Safety!!

Author: ImagineFlint
Would you move your family to Pakistan, Haiti or Columbia?? If you answered no, it’s probably because you’re main priority as a parent is to make sure you provide a safe environment for your children. Children are being innocently murdered and victimized everyday in Flint. Their accusers go unpunished.
Can Flint be saved?? YES!!! Young responsible families will not move to flint until it is safe to raise a family and better schools to educate their children. Where there’s no responsible families there are no business’s that will thrive. Without business, schools and responsible families you have a dead community and victims taken over by vandals and thugs. What steps can be taken to increase the police and fire dept staff?
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21

May

2012

What does an economically strong flint mean to you

Author: ImagineFlint
I was born and raised on the north side of Flint. The happiest times of my life! What I see now is too depressing for words. Left Flint to go to college in Texas, currently still a resident of Texas, but still have great concerns and love for that city that left me with such wonderful childhood memories. With that being said…..the biggest problem is the lack of concerned and responsible citizens that place value on their community. Why? They have left. Any responsible parent in a community first priority as a citizen is SAFETY. I would encourage Flint to place priority on the following things if they would like those responsible citizens and business’ to return.
1. Please hire more police officers to put away the drug dealers and vandals. No responsible citizen is going to want to raise their children in that environment…no way!! There should be at least one police officer for every 4 block radius. Send these vandals to jail!!!
2. Next on the list for responsible citizens and parents is SCHOOLS!!
The first question for any responsible citizen wanting to stay or move in an area is: What’s the quality of the schools? Most of the schools in Flint have been closed down.
Secure a safe environment for residents and better schools and they will maintain their investments because they care about their children and community. Business’s will return because these responsible citizens will need places to shop, eat, etc. Developers will want to develop vacant lots because of the needs of the community and profits.
Bottom line responsible citizens raising a family are not going to live in Flint because it is NOT a safe place to raise a family!
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May

2012

We need a city that makes citizens strong and secure.

Author: ImagineFlint

You can talk all you want about the need for more businesses. But what is needed more than that are citizens who can afford to buy from businesses. When citizens have the money to purchase what they need businesses will have the sales they need.

You cannot invigorate Flint by cutting taxes for businesses and raising taxes for citizens. That’s putting the cart before the horse, something that is very difficult to control and usually overturned. Right now Flint is driving citizens away, businesses cannot survive without customers. Businesses need those customers, but will not get them until the citizens of Flint can afford to make purchases at those businesses. Right now there are too few citizens and they have too little income for businesses to grow.

Let’s put the horse at the front of the cart.

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May

2012

Economically Strong Means Economically TOGETHER

Author: ImagineFlint

In order for Flint to be economically strong it means that property owners have to allow businesses to rent, lease, and buy their properties downtown. It means more small businesses providing useful and needed goods – clothes, food, recreational items.  It means larger regional and national business entering downtown to appeal to the thousands of college students.  It means strengthening the downtown so that it can start to finally feed the rest of the city.  It means strengthening neighborhoods and instilling a sense of ownership and investment in the city as a whole.  It means assisting, encouraging, and finding businesses not focused on alcohol sales and consumption to repopulate once abandoned areas.  It means listening to new ideas and aiding people with plans in finding ways to open their businesses.  It means giving meaningful reasons for local businesses to hire people locally when possible.  It means more effective security – with a reduced police force we must creatively find ways to secure properties so owners and patrons can feel they are not in danger at businesses.  It means partnering and publicizing the many events that come to Flint, great and small, and making sure people know about and attend them, as well as attracting other events to the area.  And it means accepting and understanding that the needs of the downtown and the outlying areas may not be the same but that the goals ARE the same.  There is no one path to making Flint economically strong but there are still a lot of people in this city that want to make this a safe, thriving city again, and they just need to feel their efforts are not wasted for the change to really begin.  Change the attitude and you begin to change the culture. 

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