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How GM and Flint's leaders tore down an American city, from the inside.

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In the mid 1960s, when GM was earning record profits, you would think the city would be in a sound financial state. They actually had a financial crisis at several points, because they were keeping the tax rates in the city artificially low to support General Motors.

Historian Andrew Highsmith surveys 70 years of Flint’s history to explain how urban renewal efforts and corporate influence of municipal policies gutted a thriving city and strengthened structural inequality.

Andrew is author of the new book Demolition Means Progress from University of Chicago Press.

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Andrew Highsmith

Andrew R. Highsmith is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Irvine.

 

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