Sunday, March 28, 2010

What is next for downtown Flint!

We all should thank the efforts of Mott Foundation, Uptown Reinvestment, DDA,GFAC, Regional Chamber of Commerce, City Councils, and Mayors.

We are at a good place for downtown Flint. Its fun, lively and a good place to be.

There is plently of parking and it is safe. We are at an earliy rung of Flints assent to being a college town.

I live near downtown,my expanding office is downtown. My wife and I invested significant capital in an effort last year with others. So with some first hand authority I can they have done well to bring Downtown Flint forward.

But where do we go from here? Possibly the dynamic that brought us this far cannot drive the rest of the journey.

What are the little business and activities that breath life into a downtown. Its the free market system that will finish the work downtown driven by the small independant business person and individual decision to move there.

How ironic I would make this argument.

What do Flinites want? What do college students want? Heck if I know. My grandfather could not tell me what I wanted. I shall not try to tell them.

I do observe that cheap rent with parking access and few governmental barriers may just work. So to the economic powers to be ,do not over price downtown.

Cheap rent code compliant sites for business and residental may be all that you can organize for the future. Let the Free market work out the details. HA! I said it again :)

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Ceaser Chavez and the struggle continues.

Seldom are we honored to have among us great people.

In our history, and that of working men and women ,Ceasar Chavez was a "Great" person.

His recognition in Flint brings honor to his life and recognition of the fight of organized labor to build the middle class in America.Chavez was born on March 31, 1927.

The son of...... migrant laborers, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and later the United Farm Workers (UFW).

He led a five-year nonviolent boycott against California grape growers, protesting poor working conditions and the use of pesticides harmful to farm workers.

The boycott became a cause celebre and was finally successful in winning new rights for workers. In 1994 Chavez was posthumously awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cesar Chavez passed away on April 23, 1993.Our world is better because Cesar Chavez was in it.

He deserves to be honored and Flint is a fitting place.
The fight goes on.

I attended on Sat a Flint Meeting of the Michigan Democratic Caucus Hispanic Latino Caucus. My Video follows, in will be updated through the weekend.Several candidate spoke to the group.

It was an honor to attend their meeting.
We are one community within the Democratic Party.
But nobody gives you position, you have to take it!

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