Boston Mayor: Sorry I Said I'd Blow Up Detroit
Menino apologizes after Detroit mayor takes offense
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, left, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Detroit's a little touchy these days, as Boston Mayor Tom Menino has found out. Menino apologized yesterday for his "poor choice of words" while offering a little constructive criticism about the bankrupt city, reports CBS News. The flap began when Menino told the New York Times magazine that he would "love to go" to Detroit. But then he added this:

  • "I’d blow up the place and start all over. No, seriously, when it takes a police officer 90 minutes to answer a call, there’s something wrong with the system. Forty percent of the streetlights are out, most of the buildings are boarded up. Why? Inaction, that’s the problem—leadership."

  • Detroit Mayor Dave Bing: "It is extremely regrettable that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino used such an unfortunate choice of words to describe what he would do if he came to Detroit. I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase 'blow up.'"
  • Menino: "I made a mistake," he told CBS Boston yesterday. "I apologize." While he stood by the stats he cited, he said he used a "poor choice of words."

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Sep 9, 2013 10:43 PM CDT
Don't think of Detroit as a failed example of the socialist ideology gone bad. Think of it more as transporting Beirut Lebanon to the USA, its as close as you can get without being Lebanese. That's considering how many Muslims now live in the region, I'm sure the only businesses doing well are the KFC (KFC smugglers in Beirut) and the halal stores. Many of the 9/11 conspirators hailed from the area. Then again Boston has no room to comment considering how many Chechen rebels have located there. Boston found out the hard way that its just as bad as having Lebanon USA in town.
Sep 7, 2013 2:09 PM CDT
Maybe if we scremend that there is gold under the old houses of Detroit !! Bags full of gold !!
Sep 5, 2013 9:27 AM CDT
This is actually an American problem. They're always ready to blow something up, but nobody is allowed to talk about it. We can't talk to each other sensibly any more because the environment is so EXPLOSIVE!!!