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The scandal over Flint’s water is a tale of poverty and race

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The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy. By Anna Clark. Metropolitan Books; 320 pages; $30. 

What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City. By Mona Hanna-Attisha. One World; 384 pages; $28.

“YOU really do not want to miss this,” says J.D. Winegarden, a third-generation Flintonian, as he conducts a tour of the nicest bits of his city. From the sylvan grave of Jacob Smith, a fur-trader who founded the town in 1819, he whizzes past Factory One, the birthplace of General Motors, to the Flint Institute of Arts, with its surprisingly snazzy glass collection, and the adjacent planetarium. Beyond blocks of boarded-up houses, many of them still beautiful, Mr Winegarden shows off University Avenue, which connects two of Flint’s five colleges. The tour ends in a posh neighbourhood near downtown, where in the 1920s GM executives built mansions…Continue reading

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