Goodbye to history

Terrific way to balance the budget there! Layoff 400 workers and close the Historical Museum. Kwame and crew are doing a wonderful job of closing cultural institutions in this city. The aquarium last spring and now the Historical Museum. (And yes, I have visited both more than once)

I recognize there is a dire need to stop Detroit from bleeding money but why take away the culture first. Why not slash Kwame’s security detail or ask that he pay rent for the mansion? Why not force massive paycuts across the board on the people all ready being paid too much? Detroit has already asked a lot of its lowest paid workers. Its firefighters, police officers and teachers always seem a mail box away from a pink slip. And now, its citizens are once again days away from losing a cultural gem.

3 Comments so far

  1. lance (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 6:28 am

    I feel exactly the same way, but trying to apply logic into Detroit politics is largely a lost cause.

  2. Jeppy (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 7:07 am

    –and the closing of 9 city recreational centers…

    Nice… why not simply close down the entire city, wrap a fence around it, and just allow SuperBowl ticket holders entry…

    Hey, why stop there…let’s knock down all of the buildings, sell the raw materials to other cities, and make the land leftover a big cornfield…

  3. Girl in the D (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 3:08 pm

    Closing the museum is a horrible way to close a budget gap. Detroit’s many cultural institutions are one of the things that set it apart from every other city in Metro Detroit.

    Crain’s had a breaking news piece about the DHM closing a few hours ago, which said the museum may be transferred to the Historic Museum Society, similar to how the Detroit Zoo is going to be transferred to the Detroit Zoological Institute. Of course, though, the transfer would have to be approved before January 31, 2006, for it to happen. Way to give us all some notice, Kwame.

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