Flint, Mich.: Growing Stronger By Growing Smaller?

September 26, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Dan Kildee wants to save the city where he was raised by shrinking it. The city is Flint, Mich., in Genesee County, where Kildee is treasurer.

“There’s an obsession with growth and expansion,” Kildee says. “I’m not against growth, but what we really have to recognize is that we have already shrunk. And because we are not growing does not mean we can’t be a good city.”

The concept of “shrinking cities” is not new. The idea is to bulldoze entire neighborhoods. The smaller city would then be cheaper to run and help pave the way for better times ahead, advocates say.

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