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Detroit, Ward of the State

From WXYZ (yeah, I guess they thought that was funny) in Detroit:

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will announce a state takeover of the city of Detroit on Friday.

 … Detroit has been operating under a consent agreement with the state since last year. That consent agreement prevented the city from being taken over by an emergency manager, who would have been appointed under a state law that was in place at that time.

Voters overturned that law in November 2012 and the state reverted to an older law that allowed for the appointment of an emergency financial manager.

So let me get this straight: they need someone with management experience, free time, and (one would think) ties to the region? What’s Mitt Romney up to these days?

  1. Colin B Lane

    Mitt’s a turnaround guy, not a magician.

    And in any event, Detroit needs a mortician, not a magician.

  2. EJHill

    WXYZ was first a radio station (now WXYT) and was one of the founding stations of the Mutual Broadcasting System. Two of radio’s iconic shows, The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet originated at their Detroit studios.

    Fran Striker, who created both series, also linked them. Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, was the son of Dan Reid, the Lone Ranger’s nephew. And that is your useless fact of the day.

  3. Patrick in Albuquerque

    Why would any republican; ie, the MI governor, want to be responsible for that hellhole?

  4. Eric Hines

    yeah, I guess they thought that was funny

    So do I, still.

    Detroit has no real hope, even under a quality “emergency financial manager,” until the city or the state breaks the unions that are blocking any recovery.

    Eric Hines

  5. Paul A. Rahe
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    Patrick in Albuquerque: Why would any republican; ie, the MI governor, want to be responsible for that hellhole? · 8 minutes ago

    Because, if I have this right, the state is on the hook for Detroit’s unpaid debts. The job for Snyder’s emergency manager will be to turn out the lights.

  6. Colin B Lane
    EJHill: WXYZ was first a radio station (now WXYT) and was one of the founding stations of the Mutual Broadcasting System. Two of radio’s iconic shows,The Lone Ranger andThe Green Hornet originated at their Detroit studios.

    Fran Striker, who created both series, also linked them. Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, was the son of Dan Reid, the Lone Ranger’s nephew. And thatis your useless fact of the day. · 5 minutes ago

    Not to steer your useless fact of the day in an even more pointless direction, but as someone with a deep knowledge of such matters, you must have been absolutely appalled when Hollywood vomited up the Green Hornet movie a couple of years ago. I loved the Green Hornet TV series as a kid, but I couldn’t give this abomination of a movie more than about 15 minutes. 

    Okay Troy, coming back ’round to your point — the Green Hornet movie is kind of like the city of Detroit: a story of something once good and noble that has decayed into a sad, sickly caricature of its former self.

     How’s that for linkage?

  7. Silas

    The people of Detroit are their own worst enemy. You have a basket case of a city; you have a basket case people.

    The people of a city make the city what it is. It’s not the manager’s fault, it’s the inhabitants fault, and no outside private or government investments will do much to make a difference.

    Detroit is a dangerous place. Who in their right mind would want to locate to a place where you put your life in danger by stopping at a red light? It’s a prime place that carjackers put a gun to your window and dare you to try to drive away. Either give up your car or die.

    If you live in the city, you have to put bars on your windows and doors.  In the winter, only a fool would go out and start his car to let it warm up. If a thief sees that, he’ll jump in and drive off with it.  One could go on and on.

  8. Troy Senik, Ed.

    My original suggestion was half in jest, but seriously — I don’t think anyone expects an emergency manager to transform Detroit into Silicon Valley. That’s not to say that you can’t make some progress though.

    It’s easy to write off these liberal basket cases as beyond redemption, but we should view situations like this as an opportunity. Thanks to decades of liberal rot, many of America’s major urban centers are in crisis. And, as our counterparts on the left would instantly understand, you shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste.

  9. Z in MT

    If Mitt hadn’t just been the Republican presidential candidate, he would have been perfect.  But now the resistance would be so great that he would be ineffective.

  10. EJHill

    Liberals love the rot. They not only love it, it’s policy. Get any liberal in a corner and ask them about the horrors, yes I said horrors of GENTRIFICATION.

    The CDC actually publishes a list, five “action steps to minimize the adverse effects of gentrification.” Cleaning up the blight, reinvigorating the cities is “adverse.”

  11. wmartin
    Troy Senik, Ed.: My original suggestion was half in jest, but seriously — I don’t think anyone expects an emergency manager to transform Detroit into Silicon Valley. That’s not to say that you can’t makesome progress though.

    It’s easy to write off these liberal basket cases as beyond redemption, but we should view situations like this as an opportunity. Thanks to decades of liberal rot, many of America’s major urban centers are in crisis. And, as our counterparts on the left would instantly understand, you shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste. · 52 minutes ago

    Is it because of “liberal rot” or is it because of the people who make up the city and their behaviors and lack of social capital? As I said yesterday on VDH’s thread, if it’s all about liberal policies, why aren’t Seattle and “Portlandia” the same barren wastelands as Detroit? You can’t just get new policies for Detroit, you have to somehow get a new people.

  12. EThompson
    wmartin

    Is it because of “liberal rot” or is it because of the people who make up the city and their behaviors and lack of social capital? As I said yesterday on VDH’s thread, if it’s all about liberal policies, why aren’t Seattle and “Portlandia” the same barren wastelands as Detroit? You can’t just get new policies for Detroit, you have to somehow get a new people.

    Agreed, but it sure would be interesting to watch my favorite “fix-it” man take on this project!

    Troy Senik, Ed.

    So let me get this straight: they need someone with management experience, free time, and (one would think) ties to the region? What’s Mitt Romney up to these days?

    Hmm… If he could rescue Detroit, there may be a possibility of reviving his presidential aspirations in 2016. (I refuse to allow that dream to die, nor does my stock portfolio.)

  13. The King Prawn

    Seattle might be looking for a hockey team soon, not sure I can ever root for the wings, renamed or not.

  14. Daniel Jeyn

    Wait — I saw this movie.  The company to save it is Omni Consumer Products, right?

  15. Fake John Galt

    We need to let it go bankrupt and fail. Cities have died before and cities will die again. It is time to let this one go.

  16. RushBabe49

    The ONLY group in Detroit that is still doing well is the unionized city employees.  The first action of the new manager should be to immediately void all union contracts, and fire 50% of the redundant employees.

  17. JSAN

    I lived in Oakland county for many years. Detroit is sad but once was a fine city. I’m reminded of a proverb that says a people will get the king they deserve. So the people must demand that what is right must be done. How can the character (virtues) of the people be changed? Now there is a question for richochet members to ponder. The dilemma arises between the role of the community and the role of the individual in effecting change of character. De Tocqueville said that ‘America is great because she is good.’ The member comments above all reflect in some form that sentiment. Even Seattle maybe living off that residual (or might we all at this point). So Mitt might have some value here. The question is could Mitt inspire the people to restore goodness to their city?

  18. Palaeologus
    Fake John Galt: We need to let it go bankrupt and fail. Cities have died before and cities will die again. It is time to let this one go. · 2 hours ago

    I don’t understand the weird, pro-bankruptcy attitude amongst many of my fellows. Is it an overreaction to the bailouts?

    Detroit would have to be willing to enter Chapter 9 on its own hook. That will only happen if Detroit’s leadership perceives an obvious & short term (this is Detroit after all) upside. Which means that bankruptcy would be more escape hatch than resolution as far as Detroit’s power-brokers are concerned. Bankruptcy is mostly a means to dodge, not accept, responsibility.

    Detroit should have taken its medicine 30 years ago. Why conservatives (or libertarians for that matter) think the state of Michigan should wait and watch until the “leadership” in Detroit asks a Federal judge to resolve the problem is beyond me.

  19. Leigh

    I have to admit I really like the Mitt Romney idea.

    How about Rudy Guiliani?  A little experience in that field?

  20. Jerry Carroll

    Mitt running a city peopled entirely by the 47 percent? Even if he has a sense of humor, it’s not big enough to encompass a joke of that magnitude.