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Howes: the possible upsides of Flint catastrophe

The "Flint Sprint" will tackle 20 different projects in the city over the next 60 days.
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Howes thinks some of the big players who have helped during the water crisis will come back, and will continue to help the city.

People in Flint are wondering if they’ll ever have to stop worrying about proper filters, about the supply of bottled water, about giving kids a bath.

It’s been about a year since the lid blew off what the world knows now as the “Flint water crisis,” and the biggest development this week is another tug-of-war between Governor Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette over the Flint investigation.

But Daniel Howes of The Detroit News can see an upside in Flint’s struggles, as well as a challenge to Michigan at large.

“The thing that strikes me – and it struck me this week in talking to some people – is the degree to which a lot of influential and, frankly, moneyed interests in the state, from the state government to business leaders to foundations, are really training their attention on Flint in a way that they probably never would have even considered had this not happened,” Howes said. “And I think that could be a net positive for the community as we go down the road a little bit.” 

Listen to the full conversation above.

GUEST Daniel Howes? is a business columnist for The Detroit News.

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