Flipping Flint

Trash in a vacant lot on W. Home Ave. in Flint.

You may notice a lot of trash of the side of the road in Flint these days.

Don't worry it's supposed to be there. May is 'Love Your City Month' and thanks sizeable grant, the City of Flint is now helping community groups tidy up 20 city blocks, by focusing on trash and brush pick up.

Litter on the lawn, vacant houses, maybe some grass that needs to be cut. For residents on West Home Ave., in Flint, it's an overwhelming amount of trash.

"It's time for something to be done", says longtime resident Demetris Comur.

The 22-year-old has lived on this block for most of his life. The yards he once played in are now dumping grounds.

"It's a good place to raise kids, there's not a lot of drama, but it's just terrible that people come and dump", says Comur, "We try to do the best we can but as you see there ain't many houses and we can only do so much."

Help may be on the way. The City of Flint is asking neighbors to step up and love their city.

"We want our city to be a nice city, a good city, a clean city and we all understand that it takes the entire community", says Flint Police Officer Tanya Meeks.

Thanks to a $25,000 grant the city has some money to spare.

"We provide them with the necessary resources, such as tools, the bags, the gloves, to get out to those areas", adds Meeks.

It's a small initiative that residents and officals hope leads to a community wide effort.

"When you see something beautiful and you say that's beautiful, you will treat it better", Meeks says.

Like residents in the Central Park Neighborhood, they've been sprucing up their streets for 15 years.

Local church leader Rev. Dave Kluchar says, "We want to make it a better place for our families."

So, they roll up their sleeves and get to work. Raking, sweeping, cutting and even pruning...

"It's sad that people don't go beyond their immediate space", says Kluchar, "You just feel good when you're working alongside each other."

Including Karen Tipper, she noticed people cleaning and decided to get down and dirty.

"When i was young neighbors took responsibility for each other and it spread", adds Tipper, "It''s about us deciding what we want to live in and doing things to make it happen"

The goal is to have the city shipshape by Memorial Day. Republic Services providing the pickup, just make sure everything has its place on the curb. Trash gets bagged, brush stacked, and big items, like furniture, arranged for easy pick up. Flipping Flint isn't easy but residents hope the call to service is infectious.

Comur says, "We just need to keep the city clean; and hopefully it will be a chain reaction and everyone will fall in line."