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Two Mid-Michigan cities make fastest shrinking cities list

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Two Mid-Michigan communities have made another dubious list. Flint and Saginaw were recently named among the fastest-shrinking cities in America.

Flint came in at No. 3 on the list, while Saginaw ranks 10. But local leaders are pointing to positive developments in Saginaw as a sign that things are looking up for the city.

Things are popping up all over Saginaw. The Eddy and Bancroft buildings recently welcomed their new tenants. Delta College and Central Michigan University are also moving in.

According to a recent national report more and more residents are moving out.

Saginaw's net population fell by 1.8 percent from 2010 through 2013, landing the city at number 10 on the list as one of fastest shrinking cities in the nation.

Saginaw resident Robin Wright said while there are positive changes happening downtown, he believes very little of that is trickling into other parts of the city.

"The key is the community. Neighborhoods.  People come to a town for schools, jobs entertainment; what do we have?" Wright said.

Others, like Beth Ernet, see signs of life despite a dwindling population.

"I think Saginaw has seen a lot of loss, industrial and that's going to equate to a population demise. However, we need to be focusing on the future  and what we are bringing to Saginaw and how we are changing Saginaw to meet the changing needs of the community," she said.

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