Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City

Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City

Gordon Young

After dwelling in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon younger came upon himself longing for his Rust Belt fatherland: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of common vehicles and “star” of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and support a spot that when boasted one of many world’s maximum consistent with capita source of revenue degrees, yet is now one of many country's such a lot impoverished and unsafe towns, he again to Flint with the goal of shopping for a home. What he came across used to be a spot of stark contrasts and dramatic tales, the place an unique dancer can manage to pay for a lavish mansion, speculators scoop up affordable homes by way of the dozen on eBay, and arson is usually the fastest path to local beautification.

Skillfully mixing own memoir, historic inquiry, and interviews with Flint citizens, younger constructs a colourful story of a once-thriving urban nonetheless fighting—despite overwhelming odds—to upward push from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag selection of city homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to renounce as they struggle to remodel Flint right into a smaller, greener city that gives classes for towns world wide. Hard-hitting, insightful, and sometimes painfully humorous, Teardown reminds us that towns are finally outlined by way of humans, now not politics or economics.

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