Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City

June 28, 2013|
Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City by Gordon Young
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After living in San Francisco for fifteen years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and the “star of the Michael Moore documentaryRoger & Me.Hoping to rediscover and help a place that had once boasted one of the world''s highest per capita income levels but had become 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 could afford a lavish mansion, speculators scooped up cheap houses by the dozen on eBay, and arson was 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 ragtag 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,Teardownreminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.
Gordon Young grew up in Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors, where his accomplishments included learning to parallel park the family''s massive Buick Electra 225. After reaching an uneasy truce with the nuns in the local Catholic school system, he went on to study journalism at the University of Missouri and English liter...
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Title:Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:June 28, 2013
Publisher:University of California Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780520270527

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