incredible shrinking cities

June 18, 2009

I read recently that some of the folks up in Flint had been talking to the Obama Administration about the idea of turning Flint into a city that has little cities within a big city. In other words, much of Flint is in decaying disarray. The city has lost a lot of citizens. There are hundreds of abandoned homes. Now they’re suggesting that they take great blighted plots of the city of Flint and downsize it, make green belts, and put new buildings into selective areas like planned little communities, which might rejuvenate them.

It has been suggested that Detroit may be a candidate for this type of shrinking of cities.The Obama Administration has picked up on it and I frankly think it’s not a bad idea. Although, I would like to remind people that Dearborn’s Mayor Hubbard tried that years and years ago when he attempted to condemn the Salina area around the Ford Motor Company, and make it into a green belt industrial park. The citizens of that area decided that it was an attack on their culture because many of them were minority folks who lived in the area. So they took it to court and they beat the Mayor.

Downsizing is not a totally American idea. They have been doing similar things in Europe for many years. If you look at the United Nations Habitat sites , they talk about shrinking cities and their idea of putting more bureaucratic planned cities throughout the world. Well, let’s see what happens.