Flint, Michigan is the birthplace of General Motors. It used to be a thriving city with a strong middle and working class but as jobs moved out of Flint and the factories declined, the city fell into utter disrepair. There are now long avenues of decrepit buildings and entire neighborhoods are boarded up and abandoned. It is usually very sad for me to drive around town and see what has become of my hometown but not so today, when I drove to the new Farmer’s Market in the downtown area of Flint. It was brimming with people of all ages and from all walks of life. There was music and art and beautiful farmer’s stalls which were filled with fruits and vegetables — all locally grown. The scent of fresh flowers mixed with the earthy smell of the vegetable stalls was divine. After struggling for so long when the factories were gutted, Flint is starting to find itself again and it does my heart good.