Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City
Title: Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City
Author: Gordon Young
“Former Flintoid Gordon Young tries to do the impossible in 2009, buy and renovate a house in Flint! Young finds that he may have underestimated how much has changed in Flint since the 1980’s, when he abandoned his hometown for San Francisco. Teardown provides an insider’s perspective into the past and present state of Michigan’s vehicle city.”—Barb at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) branch
Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fightingdespite overwhelming oddsto rise from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.