The rest of the world may think Flint has had it, but voters on this week’s Heller Poll don’t agree. (Thank god.)
Of the 119 votes cast, 71 percent said the water crisis will, in fact, be a catalyst for change in the city, while the remainder agreed with the notion that the crisis has finally broken the city’s back.
From the positive side, Rose said, “Yes, it will recover. The worst that could happen, has happened. It is all up from here. With the help of the universities, the colleges, Mott Foundation, federal and state funds , concerned citizens and proper leadership, I see a much brighter future.”
From the darker side, Tom said, “Recover? Recover to what? Flint will spend a hundred years in obscurity, with grass and moss growing over everything, including our children’s tombstones. Eventually, a lovely, happy village will grow up on the site. It may not even be called Flint. But, nice people will build there and live there. Eventually.”
Me, I tend toward the view of the optimists. Flint has too much to offer to go belly up. I know it sounds pollyannish, but the city has amazing assets – from the universities to the hospitals to the Cultural Center to the growing sense – both locally and across the state – that our core cities are vital to everyone, whether they live there or not.
In the end, the water crisis will turn out to be a trampoline for Flint, I figure. Here’s hoping the bounce is high. –– andy