A little web-scouring led me to a couple of top-25 lists that paint a pretty sad picture of Flint, the city that is bound and determined to leave me as a mere shell of my current self by the time I graduate from college.
First off, the infamous America’s Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities report, published by Morgan Quinto Press. This year, Flint managed to get third, behind only Detroit (an hour away) and St. Louis, Missouri. Heck, even the mean streets of Compton, CA are safer than Flint. This helps explain the two student safety reports that went out to all students within the first three weeks of the Fall school term, one for a mugging right smack dab in the middle of campus and the other just a block or two north. Of course, none of this stuff happens when I’m on campus. Guess A section students are a bit smarter than their B section (ie, Party Section) counterparts.
Secondly, a listing of America’s most liberal and conservative cities, compiled by GovPro.com. In this study, Flint came in as the 10th most liberal city in the nation and Detroit came in first. What surprised me was that the home of the great bastion of hippie liberalness (the University of Michigan), Ann Arbor, failed to even make the charts. The only reason that I can see for this was that Ann Arbor either failed to hit the 100,000 population mark or it just was not considered significant enough to be polled. Also, Chicago was only ranked 17. I fail to see how Flint could ever be considered more liberal than Chicago.
And you wonder why Flint sucks so much. Not only is it one of the most liberal cities in America, but it is also a great place to go to get your self killed. Its things like this that make me wonder if a good education is reason enough to risk my life by staying in Flint. The town definitely isn’t getting better in my lifetime.