George H. Blackford, Ph.D.

 Economist at Large

 Email: george(at)


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.

It’s what you know for sure that just ain't so.
Attributed to Mark Twain (among others)


Economic Papers
Political Essays

Where the Factories Used to be

In Flint, Michigan


Buick before
Now an empty lot
Chevrolet Engine plant before
Now an empty lot
AC Spark Plug before
Now an empty lot
Fisher Body before
There is now some kind of training facility on the site
where Fisher Body used to be.
Where the Turnsted plant used to be
is now a container storage yard.
What is locally known as the Grand Blanc Tank Plant which became the Grand Blanc North American Tooling Center was closed in 2013,

but has not yet been torn down



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