Mark Hamilton is 21 now. His father always says this decade were Flint’s most tumultuous years. He has a point. The unprecedented acceleration in house prices gave his family easy access to a loan, and a first home despite being within the lower-income bracket.
Then it all fell apart.The foreclosure of homes and Flint’s shrinking population has had banks leading the demolition of over 2000 homes, all of which lie desecrated and abandoned in aging neighbourhoods. A record 750 homes were demolished last year, including the small 1890s Tudor-style property that was once Mark’s home. He reminds us many more will be torn down, but not just bricks and mortar will come apart.