So on Facebook the other day, Amba — remember her, bantamweight, the Bulldog Drummond of copyeditors — mentioned that the Chinese may make Detroit a Chinese City. Now, I thought, why? Don’t they have enough empty cities of their own? Or are they trying to complete the set, like baseball cards?
But there must be a million things we could do with Detroit. They’ve already got a new business in “ruin porn” tourism! Can’t screw up that by fixing their problems, can they? It would be just like Detroit to do just that. So I put it to the floor — what would you do with it? Blow it up? Make it into an 11,000 hole golf course? Maybe a place to test new weapons! Oh, we do that now? Never mind. Maybe Detroit is the cutting edge of America’s future….the canary in the fiscal coal mine, setting the standard for collapses to come. Endless possibility — that’s what Detroit has always been about!
My post title comes from Bruce McCall’s Bulgemobile series from the old National Lampoon. His cool book is The Last Dream-O-Rama.