Howes: the possible upsides of Flint catastrophe
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.