L Brooks made some comments about Detroit again
Patterson also is quoted as saying “Before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here (Oakland). You don’t, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking.”
The article was written by Paige Williams, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and GQ magazine. She described Patterson giving her “an extended tour of his empire” in a chauffeured minivan this past fall. She interviewed him as they rode along.
In answer to a question as to how Detroit might fix its financial problems, Patterson was quoted as saying: “I made a prediction a long time ago, and it’s come to pass. I said, ‘What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.’ ”
“Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher,” he said. ”The truth hurts, you know? Tough s***.”
In his defense, his job is to work for Oakland County, not Detroit, and not Wayne County. Oakland County is competing with Detroit, Suburban Wayne County, Macomb County, and to a lesser extent Livingston, Washtenaw, Lapeer, and St Clair Counties. There's a reason why Oakland has its reputation compared to Wayne and even Macomb Counties. Oakland County is at least locally Republican (and when that changes to Democrat, Detroit and Wayne County style government will move north)
Now I wouldn't trade Livingston for Oakland County. Our taxes are lower and there's a more rural atmosphere and culture here. However, if you compare the locally Republican Oakland County compared to Detroit and Wayne County, it's no comparison when it comes to competence.
Wayne County - Democrat. Corrupt. Ficano, McNamara, Granholm, Kwame, Duggan, and company are all from the same machine. High taxes. High crime. Unbalanced budget. Poor services. Incompetence.
Oakland County - Locally Republican for now. They are at a crossroads. If it flips to democrat, Wayne County will move north. If they get their McNamara, then some of these people are going to really miss L Brooks.
As far as Detroit's comeback, as long as they keep voting 97-3 Democrat, it's not going to happen because the people that screwed up will still be in control. An Ed McNamara protege isn't going to fix things. He's just Kwame with a different skin color. Downtown isn't bad, but downtowns, yuppies, hipsters, and lofts don't save cities. It's the neighborhoods that need to be fixed. Until the crime decreases, services are better, taxes are lowered (much higher than Grosse Pointe), schools are better, and insurance costs are lower, the problems are going to be there. Families aren't going to settle there and send their kids to unsafe schools. People will still be voting with their feet to Oakland and Macomb Counties - and hopefully not bring Detroit politics with them.