Via Meadia has been all over the ongoing catastrophe that is Detroit, but we haven’t paid much attention till now to its little brother to the north: Flint, Michigan (home of, among other things, famed panegyrist of the dying Blue Model, Michael Moore). Alike in almost every way to Detroit, Flint boasts aging factories, declining population, and rampant crime—albeit with none of the cultural cachet or historical importance of its bigger brother to the south. Flint, too, is facing the possibility of a state-imposed emergency manager taking charge from the democratically elected Mayor. Flint differs from Detroit, however, in that its locals—even its Mayor—seem to welcome the change:
“The law affords the governor a great deal of discretion, and I respect the decision he made,” said Mayor Dayne Walling. “I don’t see myself as a street-corner activist” against the emergency-manager law.
As with the other cities in the Great Lake states that face similar problems, there is no easy way out for Flint. Emergency managers may have a better shot at “saving the cities” than corrupt machine politicians, but who will they be saving the cities for?