Ruby Allen has had a front row seat for all the good and bad that's happened in Flint over the last four decades.
"I've been working in the downtown area since 1965," Allen said.
She says that back then the area had plenty of opportunity.
"I opened my first charge card in downtown Flint at a place called Ma's Brothers."
And 47 years later, Allen wants to see a comeback of that kind of quality of life.
"I'd like to have it be like a college city."
It's ideas like these city officials are welcoming as they ramp up efforts planning for Flint's future.
During his weekly news conference, Emergency Financial Manager Ed Kurtz said, "There hasn't been a comprehensive master plan for the city of Flint since 1960."
And officials now need residents' input as they design Flint's blueprint for the next 20 years. It's called "Steering Flint Forward."
"The master plan is kind of the guiding document for what type of resources are placed where and what kind of development goes where," explained Flint Chief Planning Officer Megan Hunter.
She says this process is your chance to have a say in future development.
"We established a steering committee which has 21 members, both residents and community stakeholders," Hunter said.
It will include ways to better things like transportation, infrastructure and housing.
"But what we're doing here in Flint, uniquely, is that we're looking also at key things of importance that include public safety, health and education," Hunter added.
Officials say if you have ideas, bring 'em on. Beginning in mid-November, those steering committees will hold community workshops.
"To allow residents to come and provide feedback on some goals and objectives that they'd like to see for Flint's future," Hunter said.
If you're interested in being a part of Flint's master planning process, they will happen Nov. 15, Nov. 28 and on Dec. 13. There will be one each in the north, central and southern parts of the city. Officials are still working on the locations but say they will start about 7 p.m. each day.
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