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Planning 'Beyond Blight' in Flint, Michigan

Luke Telendar updates the planning efforts of Flint, Michigan, which earlier this year released its first new master plan since 1960, "Imagine Flint," and has more recently released a blight

Following on the Imagine Flint master plan, the city recently released "Beyond Blight: City of Flint Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework," which is "a five-year work plan, applying the high-level long-term goals of the Master Plan to short-term concrete blight elimination work. It takes the vision laid out in the Master Plan, and asks, 'Who exactly needs to do what in the next five years to tackle the city’s blight problem?'"

According to Telendar, "the blight framework provides specific action steps to residents, local government, institutions, community groups, and businesses for each blight elimination activity (mowing, demolition, vacant lot reuse, etc.) in each place type (downtown, green space, traditional neighborhood). It also provides prioritization, so, in cases of limited funding, it is clear which activities should be first in line, who is going to execute that work, and where they should focus it."

Full Story: Flint’s framework for the future

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