The Poisoned City

The Poisoned City

Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy

eBook - 2018
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When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city's water supply to a source that corroded Flint's aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives.It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint's children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun.In the first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint's poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781250125156
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 04, 2019

Terrifying because I still can't believe this happened. Very interesting look at the full picture.

Dec 08, 2018

Not exactly a "fun read" but just good careful reporting.

PimaLib_NormS Sep 13, 2018

Anna Clark’s book, “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy”, is . . . what’s the best word here . . . infuriating. Yes, that’s it! Oh my gosh, reading this book can just make one’s blood boil. What the residents of Flint, Michigan had to go through, and continue to go through is beyond belief. Fact is, Flint had a clean, reliable water source. It was connected by pipeline to the Detroit water system, which used Lake Huron water. As Flint’s population decreased, the price of water increased because the water infrastructure had to be maintained by a smaller tax base. In an effort to reduce the exorbitant water bills, the city of Flint decided to refurbish a water treatment plant that had been closed down, and use the Flint River as their water supply until a direct pipeline to Lake Huron could be built. But the river water was chemically different than the lake water, and when the switch went into effect, that difference became readily apparent when the citizens of Flint turned on their taps. As became known later on, the river water immediately started to corrode the water lines in much of Flint. And, to make matters worse, unsafe amounts of lead contaminated the tap water as the pipes deteriorated. There are plenty of villains in “The Poisoned City”. There are heroes, too - including the citizens of Flint who have never given up the fight for clean water.

Aug 09, 2018

great read! shows that what happened in Flint could happen here and anywhere, reminds us to keep up on local happenings and politics.

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