Essay about Flint And The Flint Water Crisis

1047 Words Mar 17th, 2016 null Page
On January 5, 2016, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder declared Flint to be in an ongoing state of emergency due to The Flint Water Crisis. The Flint water Crisis was caused when the city’s water source was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the Flint River. The switch in sourcing was an effort to save Michigan a projected five million dollars, while in reality it would probably save less. First, in this paper I will explain the roots of Flint’s bad geography, then I will examine the economic austerity measures taken against Flint, and finally, compare the measures taken against Flint to a similar case in Greece. Flint, Michigan suffers from bad geography and institutional injustice. Geographically, Michigan is in the Northern Mid-West, in the United States of America, extremely close to the North-Eastern roots of industrialization in the United States (Smith, 2016). Due to the mass amount of cheap land in the Mid-West after the first Industrial Revolution, there was a strong westward expansion that led to the Midwest housing for much of the production of the Second Industrial revolution. The heavily industrialized north-east moved westward to Northern major cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and then to smaller cities, like Flint, Michigan. Flint, Michigan is a victim of bad geography. Flint, Michigan, is not a wealthy city today. Flint, a member of America’s booming “Manufacturing Belt” did not always suffer economically. It was a factory town…

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