Teardown

Teardown

Memoir of A Vanishing City

Book - 2013
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After living in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and "star" of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that once boasted one of the world's highest per capita income levels, but is now one of the country's most impoverished and dangerous cities, he returned to Flint with the intention of buying a house. What he found was a place of stark contrasts and dramatic stories, where an exotic dancer can afford a lavish mansion, speculators scoop up cheap houses by the dozen on eBay, and arson is often the quickest route to neighborhood beautification.

Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting--despite overwhelming odds--to rise from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
Copyright Date: �2013
ISBN: 9780520270527
Characteristics: viii, 276 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Young, Gordon 1966-

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AndersonSF
Aug 01, 2015

Author lives in San Francisco. Lots of great material on SF and Bernal Heights.

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