Save Detroit. Sell It to Canada
Land, art, giraffes—everything must go, writes John H. Fund
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
FILE - This July 18, 2013, shows the Detroit skyline from Grand River in Detroit. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, is the deadline for a host of banks, bond insurers, two employee pension systems and others standing...   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

(Newser) – How can we save Detroit? Maybe with the mother of all yard sales, suggests John H. Fund in the American Spectator. The Detroit Institute of Arts' collection is worth some $2.5 billion, Belle Isle could be sold to investors as a "mini-Hong Kong" for $1 billion, and even a breeding giraffe at the Detroit Zoo could fetch up to $80,000. Who's buying? How about Canada, suggests Fund, which "lies just across the river," and "has a 21st-century government, with lower unemployment, smaller debt, and even more economic freedom than the United States."

A tongue-in-cheek poll by Canadian news agency Global News on whether our northern neighbor should buy the bankrupt city had 36% voting "yes"—closely followed by "Only if we're able to get rid of the guns" at 29%. But in all seriousness, the Canadian city of Windsor has already expressed interest in buying Detroit's half of a tunnel connecting the two—that could be another $100 million right there. "At this point, selling assets to Canada or even private investors is politically untenable," writes Fund. "But wait a few months, until the crushing burden of Detroit’s debt makes it clear that radical solutions are in order." Click for his full column.

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CarmenLeung
Oct 5, 2013 2:11 AM CDT
so americans want to sell a bankrupted city back to canada when americans received the city , a healthy strong city? Wonder what some are smoking on. Check on wiki everyone. Canada used to own detroit and according to wiki it was a healthy city then.
TessTalks
Aug 30, 2013 10:10 PM CDT
Detroit is just the first city to bite the dust. Many more will follow. But, we have billions of dollars to give away to other countries! We are too stupid for words.
One_Neely
Aug 22, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
@newser-0b042ccb5fc99771f7461e76dd380c35:disqus You on point in your Defense, An the FAITH is not here anymore its the work of LUCIFER.... He has the Government in the palm of his hands, the Word of God is no longer involved in the US... they made that clear in the 60's the real deal is if there willing to take out.. The foundation of the Lord out of the constitution then why cant they sell Detroit were already on are way to the judgment all we have left is are words are FREEWILL is just on its way Out The Door as well were losing everything we fought for with George Washington an the rest of are Founding Fathers I Pray to God more people read your Post an agree but that's really not care about anymore HALF of the UNITED STATES today falls on the government for support (FOOD STAMPS) in one case... Its clear to me that the Government does not need us anymore we need them.... An I pray the Rapture is soon cause everyday Obama an the rest of his Puppets find away around the 10 Commandments an its SICK....