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Re: Mid-Michigan Scrap Prices

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Glenn F.

12-30-2013 07:21:36
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Not to take from your scrap iron post Rick, but your comment about staying out of north Flint has me thinking. Flint lists a population of 102,000. That is the same as Green Bay, which I live just south of. Is Flint pretty depressed? How much is it influenced by Detroit, which looks to be about 65 miles southeast?

I attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs in the late 70s. Detroit has sure taken a beating.

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12-31-2013 01:22:24
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 Re: Mid-Michigan Scrap Prices in reply to Glenn F., 12-30-2013 07:21:36  
If you want to see how depressed Flint is, get the movie "Roger and Me". Bagdad looks better.



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Rick Kr

12-30-2013 16:04:43
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 Re: Mid-Michigan Scrap Prices in reply to Glenn F., 12-30-2013 07:21:36  
Hi Glenn,

Yes Flint is very depressed. You can go for blocks and blocks, really miles and see nothing but boarded up or half burnt houses. All are picked over from scrappers.

Lots of questionable people on the corner drinking their "40 ouncer" at 10 in the morning.

At one time Flint had approx. 75,000 people employed by GM. Lots of good wages, now I think that number is approx. 9,000. Once all those jobs left things started going down. Started around 1980.

Flint and Detroit are two completely different cities. Detroit had the same employment drop as Flint, but worse, with all the auto manufacturers and suppliers closing their doors.

I feel a lot safer when I have to go to Flint because growing up near there I know the areas to avoid. Over the last 25 years, the bad areas got worse, and the worse areas are war zones. The police don"t even like to respond in those areas.

Overall it is really sad. I went to U of M Flint and there are lots of little areas where people are trying to revive things and make it a nice place to hang out. Four blocks around downtown and UM-F are ok, but venture a few blocks too far and you better have a gun.

The old mayor even publicly said that white people should not go north of the river in Flint.

Rick

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RayP(MI)

12-30-2013 08:02:19
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 Re: Mid-Michigan Scrap Prices in reply to Glenn F., 12-30-2013 07:21:36  
Flint took two beatings. Exceedingly depressed area.



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