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Grazed and Confused: Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2014 | Jarrett Skorup

Posted on 06/24/2014 10:04:33 AM PDT by MichCapCon

In the midst of the city going through a bankruptcy, talk of a Detroit turnaround is in the air from Gov. Rick Snyder on down.

And while the emergency manager and bankruptcy process are making solid strides toward fixing the city's fiscal mess, it is in the other ways of governing that Detroit needs to improve if it wants to retain and attract residents.

This shows up prominently once again in its recent treatment of a group of goats brought into the Brightmoor neighborhood to clear up weeds and unwanted vegetation. It took only one day for officials to evict the animals with nary an explanation.

This isn't surprising. Detroit has more rules, regulations, mandates and delays preventing people from living their lives than anywhere else in Michigan.

It isn't so much this specific ordinance that is the problem. Detroit joins many municipalities around the state in banning farm animals within the city limits. It is the fact that an insolvent city at the top of several national crime statistics that cannot keep the lights on is spending time and effort focusing on regulatory rules that seemingly result in no harm to anyone.

Detroit has licensing rules well beyond that of other cities. Its permit and inspection costs make it extremely difficult to run a profitable (legal) business. And the infamous "Operation Compliance" where the city looks to shut down 20 companies a week that don't comply with all of these specific rules. Statements from city officials show these are largely a short-term revenue grab.

Enticing people to come and operate businesses is what the city needs to do and it can do so at no cost to taxpayers. That's why a complete overhaul of Detroit's regulatory regime is probably the most important thing it can do now to turn itself around. There has been some promise — like a partial embrace of the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft — but this is an area where the mayor and council need to use a hatchet, not a scalpel.

In the meantime, it is private enterprise looking to pick up the city's slack. Volunteer "mower gangs" and friendly goats are working to eliminate blight in some of the worst areas. The city doesn't need to do anything but get out of the way.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: detroit

1 posted on 06/24/2014 10:04:33 AM PDT by MichCapCon
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Dumbasses.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 10:05:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

-—> Public servants.


3 posted on 06/24/2014 10:06:53 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

The biggest problems of Detroit could be hauled away in a large passenger van and they can all be picked up at city hall.


4 posted on 06/24/2014 10:09:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh my gosh, private business is about to happen! Quick, call the regulators!


5 posted on 06/24/2014 10:09:48 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: MichCapCon

Goats don’t pay taxes or union dues.


6 posted on 06/24/2014 10:09:51 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: MichCapCon

I’d hesitate in bringing goats into a city full of Muslims . . . for the safety of the goats.


7 posted on 06/24/2014 10:11:16 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: colorado tanker

LOL that’s about the size of it.

Big Businesses are doing fine and growing in Detroit but its the little guys who really make an economy.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 10:15:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I really wish you people would do a little research before rushing to be first to say something stupid.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 10:16:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: MichCapCon

The goats are also known as The Motown Mow-down.


10 posted on 06/24/2014 10:20:13 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: MichCapCon

The goats are now being housed by Homeland Security in under used American army bases.


11 posted on 06/24/2014 10:21:21 AM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Vigilanteman

HAHAHA!!!


12 posted on 06/24/2014 10:23:47 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: MichCapCon

This isn’t surprising. Detroit has more rules, regulations, mandates and delays preventing people from living their lives than anywhere else in Michigan.


IOW, they are fascist.

I remember a story a few months ago about people running unlicensed businesses all over the city and the city was cracking down, eliminating whatever comerce was still left in that third world hell-hole.


13 posted on 06/24/2014 10:25:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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I read somewhere there is a business zone in downtown Detroit where the company has to be black owned to operate in that area.


14 posted on 06/24/2014 10:28:38 AM PDT by dainbramaged ( 165 grain nosler partition)
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To: MichCapCon
So this is the future of Detroit?


15 posted on 06/24/2014 10:34:52 AM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: Farmer Dean

i am sure they can find a way to make the goat owners pay taxes and become part of some union. the goatmowers 120.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 10:35:20 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: MichCapCon

It takes them months and months to turn off water, hours to answer a police call, a crap shoot if you need a fire truck, they have ten thousand abandoned houses turned into crack houses and they show up to remove goats within a day.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 12:14:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: bkopto
So this is the future of Detroit?

Hey that boy is at least providing a service and doing productive work. Something some residents of DeToilet could take a lesson in.

18 posted on 06/24/2014 12:24:07 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Farmer Dean
Goats don’t pay taxes or union dues.

They do, however, manage to vote Democrat at least 4 or 5 time per election!

19 posted on 06/24/2014 12:56:04 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ( "For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know")
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To: llevrok
The goats are also known as The Motown Mow-down.

Not quite a BwaaaHaaa but a solid chuckle, chuckle...........

20 posted on 06/24/2014 2:25:30 PM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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