To say I have a love/hate relationship with my city of Flint is to put it mildly. I fiercely love this city and its people and its culture and its resilience. I loathe the bureaucracy that is so rampant here and the way that the leadership never seems able to coordinate or work together… Continue reading Save Our Schools
There’s a weird sort of gaze that the world gives my current home of Flint, Michigan. It’s not quite pity but it’s pity’s cousin. A sort of nodding look that says, oh, you’re from Flint. Ohhh. Yup. We’re the sadsacks of the country, it would seem. Our industry left. We got hit with a… Continue reading Knocking Off The Rust
I mentioned it a bit ago on one of my podcasts how the city I live in and love, Flint, has some money coming its way. Some of that money is from the water crisis – though most of that SHOULD go to the people, but we’ll see – and then there’s money that… Continue reading Re-Built, This City- blog
In which I talk about the arts scene in Flint, Michigan and the time some zombies tried to protest an art show we were putting on. IT'S TRUE! Zombies descended on our little art show as a sort of silly flash mob to protest our use of the word 'guerilla' and because artists dared to… Continue reading The Spooky Chris Podcast – Guerillas
In which I talk about money, greed, and Flint's water crisis payout.
There is something painfully insidious about the banal ways we are homogenizing and corporatizing cities. Something sad that we are so desperate to erase the character of our cities, to make them the same in every way possible so that we feel some sort of safety and comfort that we could find in other ways.… Continue reading Changing the Record
The weird world of fundraising for fun and profit.
In which I talk about my home city of Flint, Michigan.
In which I talk about a vision forward for the city.
I chose Flint. I was a late bloomer, as they like to say, but really I was just scared to death about moving out of my parent’s house. Moving out made me an adult in full and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that. I am still not sure. I moved out at 27… Continue reading I Chose Flint
My newest book ROAD KILLis here! Take a trip to Munsonville, Michigan, wander into the haunted woods, walk among the trees, commune with the spirits...and run for your life. Available in paperback and as e-book. https://www.amazon.com/Road-Kill-Chris-Ringler/dp/179418936X https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9LICGvJrJ0
For me, I never started out wanting to do events. Not in any sort of way. Shoot, go back to my life before I moved to downtown Flint and I would never have thought once about putting an event together. No, for me it was work, the freedom of my own place, and writing. I… Continue reading A Punk Rock Rummage Sale
When it comes to cities like Flint the phrase 'ruin porn' gets tossed around, the notion that people take delight in the ruination of people in cities. While I do think that there are people, a lot of people - too many people - that take pleasure in seeing some peole and places fail, I… Continue reading Picking the Bones Clean