The New York Times has a great report titled An Effort to Save Flint by Shrinking It that begins:
Instead of waiting for houses to become abandoned and then pulling them down, local leaders are talking about demolishing entire blocks and even whole neighborhoods.
The population would be condensed into a few viable areas. So would stores and services. A city built to manufacture cars would be returned in large measure to the forest primeval.
â€œDecline in Flint is like gravity, a fact of life,â€ said Dan Kildee, the Genesee County treasurer and chief spokesman for the movement to shrink Flint. â€œWe need to control it instead of letting it control us.â€
With 75 neighborhoods over 34 square miles and the immense challenge of trying to maintain infrastructure and deliver services over too large an area to too few people, it’s clear that Flint – and other places in Michigan – will need to think deeply and creatively about our use of space.