Flint expat pursues single home demolition through crowdsourcing

Aug 5, 2014

The burnt-out, abandoned house is located on Parkbelt Dr. in an otherwise well-kept neighborhood.
Credit Courtesy - "Fight Blight and Spur Revival in Flint, Michigan"

It’s no secret that Flint has been ravaged by blight and neglect over the past couple of decades. Hundreds, if not thousands, of abandoned homes are scattered across the city. While Flint’s problems are pretty daunting when viewed all at once, one former Flint resident has decided to help out by focusing on a single, burned-out, abandoned house.

Flint expat Gordon Young authored a book about his experiences of returning to the blighted city called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City." Growing out of this project, he now heads the crowdsourcing campaign to tear down this single abandoned house in a neighborhood on the North side of Flint. He discusses the idea with Current State.