Ask Uptown to Keep Flint Farmers' Market at its location and invest in it there!
  • Petitioned UPTOWN REINVESTMENT CORPORATION

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UPTOWN REINVESTMENT CORPORATION
President, Uptown Reinvestment Corporation
Tim Herman
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Greg Fiedler
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Gerard Burnash
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Loyst Fletcher
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Dave Lossing
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Matt Sharp
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Kathi Horton
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Board Member
Bob Nichols
Flint Mayor
Dayne Walling
Flint Downtown Development Authority
Mr. Everson
Michigan State Representative
Mr. Stanley
Michigan State Representative
Mr. Ananich
Michigan State Representative
Pam Faris
Michigan State Representative
Mr. Graves
Flint Downtown Development Authority
Mr. Burnash
Uptown Board Member
Pastor Flynn
Uptown Board Member
Deb Cherry
Vice President — Special Projects at Mott Foundation
Ridgeway White
Uptown Board Member
Bob Kittle
Flint City Council
Mr. Lawler
Flint City Council
Mr. Freeman
City Administrator
Mike Brown
Flint Farmers' Market Public Relations/ Marketing
Karianne Martus
Uptown Reinvestment Corporation Media Contact
Elaine Redd
Vice-President of Programs at Mott Foundation
Neal Hegarty
Flint City Council
Dale Weighill
Flint City Council
Ms. Poplar
Flint City Council
Mr. Nolden
Flint City Council
Mr. Neeley
Flint City Council
Mr. Sarginson
Flint City Council
Mr. Kincaid
Michigan Governor

Ask Uptown to Keep Flint Farmers' Market at its location and invest in it there!

    1. Melodee Hagensen
    2. Petition by

      Melodee Hagensen

      Flint, MI

By signing this petition, you are sharing your position on this issue with your Michigan state representatives, Flint city council, the mayor and emergency manager, the governor, and the board and leadership at Uptown Reinvestment Corporation.

The Farmer's Market is currently providing the current benefits which will be lost if moved:

Sense of Place

The current Flint Farmers' Market has a deep history and is in a prime location. Place-making is not necessary because we already have made it.

The open space and proximity to the naturalized river allows for a variety of special events, music, food, and vendors that create a dynamic shopping experience.

The Flint Farmers' Market provides the starting point for redevelopment efforts along Flint's major natural asset, the Flint River.

Motorized and Non-motorized Accessibility
The Market is located along the Flint River Trail, one of Flint's premier quality-of-life amenities.

Easy access from the expressway and ample parking allows for non-Flint residents to easily visit the market, particularly during the peak 10-week season during which vendors earn most of their money.

The current location provides better access to the bulk of Flint residents due to its location along a main thoroughfare, and easy parking access.

Economic Prosperity
The current location maximizes the customer-base for vendors. Similar movement projects have failed to yield results in cities such as Lansing, which suggests little benefit is to be gained by such a  move in Flint. 

The location provides a stable, safe foothold on the edge of several Flint neighborhoods that are working to overcome significant stress.

The presence of a major non-motorized trail-way, along a naturalized river, with an excellent Farmers' Market is a highly marketable asset that could be grown upon to help attract talent to current emerging business.

Alternatives for action on the part of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation:

Unite the City
It is a zero-sum game to spend millions of dollars simply to move institutions from one part of the city to another. We must go forward together, not tear each other down.

Prosperity downtown should be built upon and spread, not siphoned away from neighborhoods.

Destabilizing neighborhoods that surround downtown Flint will ultimately hurt downtown, while strengthening those neighborhoods will continue to strengthen downtown.

Invest in the Current Site
A fraction of the millions of dollars required for relocation could provide an even better attraction at the current site, with greater spillover effects to all neighborhoods.

Leverage the current location to bring even more customers to the market and downtown businesses by providing better cross-marketing of the locations and their motorized and non-motorized linkages.

Utilize the amenities of the market and its connections to a diversity of amenities to attract talent and businesses to the city.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Updates on Tumblr

      Melodee Hagensen
      Petition Organizer

      Please visit our Tumblr for additional information:
      http://flintfarmersmarketpetition.tumblr.com/

    3. Public, Customers Divided on Farmers' Market relocation

      Melodee Hagensen
      Petition Organizer

      Practical Political Consulting, an East Lansing firm, released a poll March 20 conducted on the relocation of the Flint Farmers' Market, indicating that 50.5 percent of Genesee County residents oppose the move and 49.5 percent of Genesee County residents support the move.
      “Having conducted automated polls for the last six years, the only numbers I've seen that were higher than this were Wisconsin recall elections, where people were practically begging to give us their opinions,” said Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting, indicating that the response rates for the automated poll were surprisingly high, about three times what is seen in polls on local races.

      Read more of this article: http://www.eastvillagemagazine.org/en/news-releases3/19232-public-customers-divided-on-farmers-market-relocation

    4. Flint Farmers Market Support from State Rep Charles Smiley

      Melodee Hagensen
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Melodee,

      Thank you for your hard work with this petition drive to keep Flint's Farmer's Market at its current location. I am not sure how to respond to the numerous emails that have been generated from this petition drive. Rep. Smiley does support keeping the Market in its current location, but as the State Representative, this is a local issue and not one in which the Representative has the authority to prevent the DDA from moving to a new location. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to let me know. Is there any way that this message can be viewed by all of our constituents that have signed or will sign? It appears that replying to each message only sends our response to you. Again, thank you for your efforts on keeping the Flint Farmer's Market in the current location.

      Sincerely,
      State Representative Charles Smiley 50th House District

      Mr. Smiley
      Michigan State Representative
      charlessmiley@house.mi.gov
      1-517-373-3906

      Michigan House of Representatives

      Welcome to the home page of the Michigan House of Representatives. Thank you for taking the time to become more informed about your elected representatives and more engaged with your state Legislature. We have tried to create a valuable resource here and I invite you to come back often. Sincerely,

    5. Decision-maker Mr. Smiley responds:

      Mr. Smiley

      Hello Melodee,
      Thank you for your hard work with this petition drive to keep Flint's Farmer's Market at its current location. I am not sure how to respond to the numerous emails that have been generated from this petition drive. Rep. Smi...


    6. Over 500 Signatures! Next goal: 1,000

      Melodee Hagensen
      Petition Organizer

      Good news! Last night we hit our goal of 500 signatures, thanks to all of your hard work!

      Our next goal is to hit 1,000 signatures, and we can do it! But we’re going to need your help. Please ask your friends and family to sign and share the petition. Call them, send them an email, or share it on Facebook or Twitter. Everyone who loves the Flint Farmers' Market should have their voices heard at Uptown and by the City and State elected officials who can help us.

      And please come share your ideas, express your concerns, and ask the tough questions at Uptown's Farmers’ Market Move open house sessions at the Riverfront Banquet Center tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. There are two sessions: 10am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm. Look for us out front on the sidewalk and get your "I Heart My Market on the River" stickers to wear into the open house to show your support to Uptown and to each other. We’ll update you with additional suggestions for taking action soon.

      Thanks again!

    7. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Ethan Bush FLINT, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      The current location is great for the Farmers' Market's atmosphere. I have been going to the Market for years with my family and I have awesome memories. If the location is changed I will not feel the connection I do now. The Farmers' Market is great just where it is.

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    • Colin Bush FLINT, MI
      • about 1 year ago

      Flint Farmer's Market is a place where i feel comfortable, safe, and accepted. The location is original and corresponds with the atmosphere; everyone is always so nice and friendly. Downtown is not the ideal place to relocate. I try to avoid downtown as much as possible. When i was 16 i was almost robbed but i got away cause i was on my bike. The downtown environment is not suitable for people who like to go to the farmer's market. Uptown Reinvestment Corporation please view this from the point of someone who knows Flint well enough to say some areas are the way they are for a reason. Keep it local, keep it personal, keep it where it is.

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    • Sue Atkinson FLINT, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Its not broke.Is in the cultural area.Atmosphere is great,On the River. Already a National Treasure.Its not state of the Art & that is what makes it great.Put whatever you plan to put in its place, in the Flint journal & leave our market alone.Lets have a contest instead of digging your heels in.

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    • Chad Christenson FLINT, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Please use both locations.

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    • Kathryn Prevatt ALMA, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I was born and raised in Flint and I hold great hope for the city and its recovery. I come to Genesee County a couple times a week for wirk and always try to schedule those days on Flint Farmer's Market Days! The market makes me very happy. Been going there all my life.

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