Skip to comments.Donít Save Detroit ó Sell It
Posted on 09/18/2013 6:53:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
IN THE 1983 movie Dr. Detroit, the flamboyant lead character goes on a rampage warning of trouble to come. I am talking about scorched earth, no survival, wholesale destruction body-bags and fire! he yells. Thats pretty much what has happened to Detroit over the last three decades.
Its population has shrunk by half to below 700,000. The wait for police response is five times the national average, and only 8 percent of crimes are solved. Roughly a third of the citys 140 square miles is either unoccupied or dilapidated. About 40 percent of its tax revenue is directed to retirement or debt, and the city hasnt been in the black since 2004.
Bankruptcy should have been declared years ago. The best experts say there is no way the city can ever crawl out of its predicament using conventional means.
In the short term, Detroit could sell assets. Kevyn Orr, the citys emergency manager, says all assets must be potentially on the table. Experts consulted by the Detroit Free Press say the collections of the Detroit Institute of Artsworks by everyone from Van Gogh to Matisse to the original Howdy Doody childrens TV dollwould fetch some $2.5 billion. But thats only one-eighth of the citys projected long-term debt of $20 billion. Art experts say any sales from the museum would have to be spaced out over a long period.
There are only so many billionaires that could absorb all of that material, art appraiser Betty Krulik told reporters.
With a federal or state bailout effectively off the table because of the bad precedent it would set for other near-bankrupt cities, its time for truly creative thinking. Orr, Detroits emergency manager, makes clear whats needed.
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I got dibs on the Red Wings.
Bulldozer it down.
There but for the grace of electing Republicans to state and local government go I.
Most big cities are in worse shape than Detroit but haven’t been cut off yet.
It is being sold (at least some of it) to the Chinese.
Don’t they own enough of America already!
Maybe they could do a better job.
GOP state governance is what is attracting big players like JP Morgan to Detroit. It helps but what really grows an economy is the small businesses.
There are a lot of other things going on in Detroit that these writers never mention or apparently even know about like the state effectively taking control of Detroit elections.
Turn it into a tax-free and regulation-free zone and watch what happens. Make it the “Hong-Kong” of the US (though HK is not actually tax or reg free).
Maybe Canada wants it back?
Unfortunately, the buyer would still be left with the demographics that come with Detroit.
RE: Maybe Canada wants it back?
This is new to me... when did they have it?
The thing that bums me out is that there is a lot of big money going into rebuilding Detroit, but the average person can’t really buy anything there.
They are selling it, but only to big companies.
A preview of Chicago’s future. Keep at it libs. We’ll all live in Zimbabwelike conditions before you can say,” Obamacare”.
Pawn it to Les
A whole lot of truth behind your post!
As long as it is Politically Incorrect to speak such truth nobody can begin to work on a solution.
Sell the land: no crime, no poor people, no unions, no zoning, no stagnant city government. Start fresh. No baggage.