What happened in Flint reveals a new hydra of dangers in civic life: environmental injustice, the limits of austerity, and urban disinvestment. Neglect, it turns out, is not a passive force in American cities, but an aggressive one.
When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem.
Anna Clark provides a breakdown of the environmental disaster in Flint. Whether it be failure to deal with corrosion or the choice to change the water source, again and again the story comes back to money. It is a reminder that Adelaide’s water is not so bad after all.