As Mayor, I will insist upon a more equitable distribution of government resources to impact every sector of the city of Flint, north, south, east, west, and downtown, rather than concentrating the bulk of city, state, and federal funds in the downtown Flint area. I will advocate with our Washington delegation to continue lobbying for demolition funds, however, with a slight twist—for every two structures that are demolished, funds are provided for one new built, so that our neighborhoods are rebuilt.
One of my priorities will be to straighten out Smith Village. The current situation there is a mess. It’s evident the subdivision was constructed for the sake of expedience and without a lot of forethought and planning. I will find money to either purchase and demolish and/or rehab the older homes in the neighborhood to improve the aesthetics of the area and make it more appealing to potential buyers, thereby saving the city’s huge investment in the area. The newly constructed homes there now are merely languishing because the neighborhood is not an attractive place to live.