When Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson requested urgent assistance from the Indiana State Police, it was obvious the city's homicide problem was bad. As Lauri Harvey Keagle's stories today show, the problem is alarming.
Abandoned buildings like this one in Flint, Mich., in June 2011 can be havens for crime. Flint led the nation in 2012 with the highest homicide rate for a city over 100,000 residents.
Gary’s modest skyline will get a little shorter when the former Sheraton hotel — the fourth-tallest building in the city — comes down after sitting empty for decades, whenever the drawn-out asbestos issue finally gets resolved. The 14-story building with the skywalk that never quite reached …
VALPARAISO | Municipal planners, urban designers, landscape architects and city officials gathered Thursday and Friday at Valparaiso University for the GreenTown Conference to discuss ways to go green.
Flint Lake Elementary School second-grader Greyson Schenck does jumping jacks Wednesday with classmates while participating in an attempt to break the world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The previous record was 20,000 people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.
Courtney Crozier from the television show "The Biggest Loser" does jumping jacks with students at Flint Lake Elementary School in Valparaiso in an attempt to break the world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The record attempt is sponsored by the National Geogra…
Flint Lake Elementary School second-grader Colin Danzi does jumping jacks with classmates while participating Wednesday in an attempt to break the world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.
Flint Lake Elementary School second-grader Araeliana Roberts, center, does jumping jacks with classmates while participating in an attempt to break the world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The record attempt is sponsored by the National Geographic Kids magazi…
Flint, Mich. | Vacant buildings dot the landscape in the city and have been increasingly common during the recession. At least 21 percent of housing units in the city are vacant, according to the 2010 Census.
Flint, Mich. | Industrial properties including those owned by General Motors are slow to redevelop, stretch for acres, and serve as a reminder of the once strong automotive presence. However, GM still employs about 6,500 people in the Flint area and other industrial properties are seeing dev…
The Flint River, which winds through the city, serves as a destination for people to fish and enjoy other activities. Supporters for developing the riverfront say the area near downtown is an asset and needs to be improved to attract more visitors.
Mayor Dayne Walling in his office says despite the criticisms of the city, it has received national attention for its job growth in recent months. Walling is running for re-election and will be on the ballot for a primary election in early August.
Gary is 243 miles from Flint, Mich. Flint is 68 miles from Detroit.
The Alfred P. Sloan Museum has lifelike displays showing the Sit-Down Strike of 1936 and 1937 and other artifacts and events comprising the city's automotive history. The 44-day strike in a GM assembly plant in Flint is an important point in American labor history.
Scott Whipple, of Uptown Investments, walks around downtown Flint, Mich., and shows off some of the properties his development firm has restored downtown. In the background, the First National Bank and Trust Co. building, is one of the properties his firm has worked to restore.
The emblem on a door inside City Hall serves as a tribute to the city's automotive and industrial history.
Shuttered General Motors sites have left acres of vacant property in the city.
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