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Mid-Michigan volunteers beautify blighted homes with paintings

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Residents in Flint say abandoned homes are bringing down their neighborhoods. 

Now some are proposing a creative way to fight blight. 

Members of a local group held a service day in Flint on Saturday, Jan 17. with a goal of turning abandoned houses into art. 

 Volunteers visited the vacant homes this weekend with paintbrushes in hand help beautify the neighborhood.

“One of the things  when I first came back to Flint that I found was there was a lot of apathy because people figured there was no hope and so we started cleaning up a little bit and people started getting excited, and the more we do the more people are stepping up,” one volunteer said.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling also attended the event.

“What I see them doing is really shifting perception because the first thing before you can achieve any real impact and change is you have to believe that you can make that difference,” Walling said.

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