As the birthplace of General Motors, America's love affair with the car began in Flint. As the birthplace of the United Auto Workers (UAW), the American Dream first became real in Flint. Major civil rights victories, like the nation's first Fair Housing law, were won here in Flint. Leading innovations for transforming industrial cities into sustainable centers of working, learning, living, and thriving were first implemented right here in Flint.
Transportation. Labor rights. Civil rights. The future of cities. The future of life on Earth! Throughout the world, these are our critical issues. The fact that Flint has been confronting them head-on for decades is no small thing. In fact, it IS our thing.
This spirit of asking the hard question and doing the tough job is who we are. It has produced a community-wide knowledge and skills base like no other. It has cultivated a climate of critical thinking, questioning, attempting the impossible without fear, and embracing failure without shame. That, after all, is how learning works. That's how Flint works.