In this issue: Beyond Blight Ward Workshops, Genesee Habitat Work/Live, Ruth Ave. Pocket Park, Brownfield Re-use, GIS, Greenlife, Memorial Park Planning Meeting, N. Franklin Corridor Cleanup

Blight Framework Kick-off Event

On Tuesday, June 24th, over 90 residents and community members attended the rollout of the City's newly released Beyond Blight: 5-year Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework. Participants of the workshop were identified as community leaders and recognized for conducting blight elimination work within their own neighborhoods. Both the Blight Framework and the Master Plan call for collaboration between multiple stakeholders to improve quality of life in Flint's neighborhoods, and the dedicated blight elimination work of residents and neighborhood groups stands as a living testimonial of what's possible when residents and stakeholders come together.

Media Coverage

Oak Park Closing-  Greenfield Reporter

Community Education in Flint- Mlive 

Clark Elementary Demolition- Mlive 

Beyond Blight- Planetizen

Imagine Flint Objectives- University of Michigan-Flint
More Media coverage

What is GIS ?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to visualize, analyze, and interpret data to find patterns, relationships, and trends. Some examples of the types of data used in the process include housing conditions, utilities, natural features and populations. This data is geo-coded to locations on earth’s surface and contains qualitative and quantitative data, such as the size of a parcel of land and its previous land uses or zoning classifications. The data is recognized by the GIS software as individual layers and can be overlaid and analyzed to find patterns or trends. Any findings or information with GIS can be presented with the creation of maps/visuals to improve communication to an organization or general public.

The City of Flint Planning Department uses GIS in order to create maps of all kinds for day to day application and reference. It was also an instrumental tool in the drafting and publishing of the Master Plan. The maps that were created using GIS software are a tremendous aid in developing comprehensive and realistic strategies geared towards stabilizing neighborhoods and creating an equitable and sustainable Flint for all its residents.


A Renewed Space & Community

On Saturday June 14th, Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and the residents of the Foss Avenue Neighborhood, came together to transform two vacant and blighted lots on E. Ruth Ave. into the Ruth Ave. Pocket Park. Pocket parks are low maintenance green spaces that are often used for block parties, small events, and relaxation. What was once a reminder of Flint's decline and the problems plaguing the city is now a beautiful space that speaks to the residents' hope and their determination to rebuild Flint, restore our environment, and renew our sense of community.  Participants enjoyed helping to build the park so much that Habitat is now looking at the possibility of additional pocket park builds in the coming years.

Green Life

The Green Life Community Education Program continues its series of forums on how Flint residents can protect the environment and save money. In an effort to inform and involve residents in creating a greener, more sustainable Flint, Communities First, Inc. will empower residents to make life improving choices. Equity and Sustainability are guiding principles of the Imagine Flint: Master Plan, and these workshops are an excellent opportunity for residents to stay connected to the work of improving neighborhood quality in Flint, as well as creating a strong and sustainable local economy.

Attend a forum in July and get Green:

Ward 4: Thursday, July 10
Asbury United Methodist Church
1653 Davison Rd. Flint, MI 48506
5:30-7:30 pm

Ward 5: Tuesday, July 15
601 N. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502
5:30-7:30 pm

Ward 6: Tuesday, July 22
Calvary United Methodist
2111 Flushing Rd. Flint, MI 48504
5:30-7:30 pm

Genesee Habitat Work/Live Program

In an effort to support home ownership and entrepreneurship in Flint, Genesee Habitat for Humanity has spearheaded a new Work/Live pilot project in Flint's Grand Traverse District Neighborhood. This is a great example of how community collaboration and mixed-use development can help strengthen neighborhoods and fuel entrepreneurship. Find more information by clicking here.

Imagine Flint

Beyond Blight Community Workshops

    As a key strategy of the Imagine Flint Master Planthe City's newly developed Beyond Blight: 5-year Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework promotes collaborative, complementary and effective blight elimination by directing blight removal activities. With a clear, data-driven plan for creating a blight free Flint in hand, the City of Flint, in partnership with the Genesee County Land Bank, is working to equip citizens and community members alike with the knowledge, tools and motivation necessary to fight blight. Hosting blight removal ward workshops throughout the month of July is one of many steps directed towards the implementation of the Imagine Flint Master Plan. We invite all residents and community members to attend and learn about how we can collectively work to create a cleaner, blight free Flint.

Brownfield     Re-use in Flint

Land that was once used for industrial or commercial operations but is functionally obsolete at present, otherwise known as brownfield sites, are abundant in Michigan. Former industrial sites such as Buick City, Chevy-in the-Hole and Delphi East have long stood as a sobering reminder of Flint's current challenges. However, with renewed planning efforts aimed at re-purposing the Chevy-in the-Hole site into a lush and vibrant public green space, Flint is finding new and innovative ways to create opportunity from abandonment.  

With the inclusion of Green Innovation Zones in the City's newly adopted Land Use Plan, Flint stands poised and ready to capitalize on this tremendous opportunity. Look for good things to start happening around Flint's many brownfield sites! 

Community Education Workshop: 

The June 7th Community Conversation about Community Education workshop with Flint Community Schools was a huge success. A big thank you to the 300 residents and community members who participated. Great discussions were had and important input and themes were documented. Click on the following links to view the discussion guide and final report of the workshop. 

Memorial Park Planning Meetings

Memorial Park is one of the downtown area's most vibrant destinations, offering recreation, green space and summer lunches for kids! What additional elements do you think Memorial Park needs? The Grand Traverse District Neighborhood Association invites everyone interested to be a part of the next phase of development for Memorial Park.

Wednesday, August 13
Planning Session
Memorial Park Field House
1015 S. Grand Traverse
5:30 pm

Food and beverage will be provided. For questions regarding these events, please contact:

Tom Wyatt
766-9089 ext. 208

Imagine Flint Draft Subarea Plans Released

As part of our ongoing efforts to implement the master Plan, copies of the draft Subarea Plans were recently released. These plans will serve as a toolkit for future neighborhood planning efforts and were identified through input at the steering committee meetings.

1. Pierson Road Corridor
2. N. Saginaw Services Corridor
3. Welch and Dupont Neighborhood Center
4. University Avenue Institutional Core
5. Central Saginaw Area
6. Eastside
7. Dort Highway Production Center
8. S. Saginaw Commercial Corridor 

For more information about the Subarea Plans please visit our website at

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 14th 
Beyond Blight Workshop
5th Ward
601 N. Saginaw St.
5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, July 15th
Beyond Blight Workshop
3rd Ward
Greater Galilee Baptist
4418 Industrial Ave.
5:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 16th
Beyond Blight Workshop
8th Ward
Lincoln Park UMC
3410 Fenton Rd. 
5:30-7:30 pm

Thursday, July 17th
Beyond Blight Workshop
1st Ward
First Union Baptist Church
7004 Fleming Rd.
5:30-7:30 pm

Monday, July 21st
Beyond Blight Workshop
4th Ward
Eastwood UMC
3312 Whittier Ave.
5:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 23rd
Beyond Blight Workshop
2nd Ward
Joy Tabernacle Church
2505 N. Chevrolet Ave.
5:30-7:30 pm 

Thursday, July 24th 
 Beyond Blight Workshop
6th Ward
St. John Vianney Catholic Church
2415 Bagley St.
5:30-7:30 pm 

Tuesday, July 29th
Beyond Blight Workshop
7th Ward
Brennan Community Center
1301 Pingree Ave.
5:30-7:30 pm

Thursday, July 31st
Beyond Blight Workshop
9th Ward
International Academy of Flint
2820 S. Saginaw St.
5:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, August 13th
Session 2 Memorial Park Planning Meeting

Memorial Park Field House
1015 S. Grand Traverse St.
5:30 pm

*For a full list of upcoming Imagine Flint events please visit our calendar 

Punching Out Blight

The Master Plan outlines neighborhoods as the basic building block of the City and significant contributors to local quality of life, and the Power of One- Fight Against Blight volunteer group is working to prove it. Starting where it counts, on the N. Franklin Corridor, volunteers will begin a Revitalization Project attempting to punch out blight in a distressed and underutilized commercial corridor on Flint's Eastside. Coordination of multiple blight removal activities by multiple actors is exactly what The Master Plan & Blight Elimination Framework call for, and this is a great example of what's possible when dedicated residents come together to take on the challenge of cleaning up our neighborhoods.

Blight fighters are scheduled to be out from 9am- 3pm on July 23rd & 24th 
Volunteer to take part in the fight against blight and help re-build Flint!

For more information about what the Master Plan calls in Flint's Eastside, take a look at the newly released Eastside Sub-area plan.
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