Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Fall 2018


Community and Regional Planning

First Major Professor

Timothy Borich


Master of Science (MS)


Community and Regional Planning, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies


My creative component was designed to help government officials (local and state), city planners, local businesses, and other local organizations identify the main causes of the water crisis in Flint, MI, as well as find appropriate solutions to restore the community into a safe and healthy sustainable environment. In accomplishing this goal, hours of research was developed in analyzing periodic catastrophic events linking to the creation of the water crisis, to cause the weakening of the economy, natural resources, and local government in deeming the community as unlivable. In resolution, community development models and strategies are determined for Flint in getting the community shifted in the right direction towards sustainable livelihoods.

Copyright Owner

Merrill Holden

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