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Flint Michigan CBS news

Compréhension restitution N°1

Marie ANDRE-MILESI

This article published in CBSNEWS is about the desindustrialisation of Flint, Michigan, USA. It talks about the re-shaping of what used to be a very prospreous industrial General Motors city, which is now half-deserted and prey to vandalism and delinquency.

The remedy chosen by the local authorities is to shrink the city. The first move was to buldoze 6000 houses giving to the area a new landscape where nature is invited to settle in, thus cutting down all types of public services and putting an end to the havoc caused by hoodlums and crackheads.

The journalist concludes with the introduction of a long-term trend in America: the get-smaller movement!