Close the Zoo? Stop the Madness!

It cannot be true that Metro Detroit would allow the Zoo to close. If Toledo Ohio can support a Zoo (a very good zoo at that), then Detroit has absolutly no reason that they cannot support the Zoo! If the Detroit Zoo closes then close behind will be other closings, such as the Detroit Institue of Arts. Metro Detroit, and the state of Michigan cannot sit back and watch this happen. I have friends and family that come to Metro Detroit multiple times every year to go to the Zoo. How can Kwame state that he wants Detroit to be a desirable location for tourists if there is nothing here for them to see?
Make your voice heard! Big Boy restraunts around Metro Detroit have petitions that the public can sign. And this Thursday, 02-23 at noon there will be a Pro Zoo Rally! I have lived in Detroit Metro for 5 years, and have purchased a membership every year.
My 2 year old daughter asks to go see the animals every time we pass the Zoo water tower. Last month I told her that once its nice outside we will go to the zoo. A couple weeks ago I made the mistake of gazing outside and saying “The suns out, it must me nice outside.” Without blinking my daughter said “yeah, we get to go to the zoo today!
Hip Hop Mayor! Get off the bar stool! Take your stack of dollar bills off the stage and do something about this possible disaster! This is embarassing……

9 Comments so far

  1. Cayden (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    like one of my friends so eloquently put it, “that’s like my whole childhood right there….”


  2. baliad (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 6:59 am

    it appears to me that city council is more culpable in this situation than the mayor…


  3. Ben Yates (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Er … don’t you think it might be a tad more important for detroit not to fire more teachers or police officers than to keep a zoo running? Why doesn’t Royal Oak pay for the zoo?

    Seriously, now: if suburbanites want the city to support things like this, maybe they should get behind a revenue-sharing scheme that might restore some of the money Detroit lost when its entire tax base moved 10 miles down the road.

    And mike — you might want to add a closing quote before that last line, unless your daughter said all that.


  4. observer_mike (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Ben,
    Thats a great post! Your right, the City of Detroit cannot manage Teachers, Police, or even a Zoo. Someone else needs to step in and take control if The City of Detroit cannot handle business.


  5. max (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    anyone know why the mayor is in Africa? looking for some place to send the animals, perhaps? and of course, the obvious questions…who’s paying for the trip and how many “staff members” did he take along? not trying to poke the hornets nest, i really want to know. since the re-election when he promised he has learned from past “mistakes” and took out the ear ring to symbolize the seriousness of this term i’m hoping he can stick to those words.


  6. Ben Yates (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

    I’m hardly defending the mayor, but what detroit needs most is money, not leadership. There’s no tax base: it left a long time ago. For awhile, suburbanites kept using city infrastructure while their money went to suburban governments — that was obviously unsustainable, since the city wasn’t given any money to maintain that infrastructure, and eventually things went far enough to hell that all the jobs moved to the suburbs, too.

    If the state control you suggest comes with some education money, mass transit to get detroiters without cars to far-flung suburban jobs, and maybe something to stem the steady diffusion of people across the S.E. michigan countryside, then I’m all for it.

    Until then, perhaps you should ask the city of detroit to refund the $0 you paid them in taxes last year.


  7. max (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    i paid the proverbial “shit-load” of taxes to the city last year and when it came time to cash in (called 911 when i thought the burglars that broke into my house recently might still be in there) i was rewarded with the blistering response time of two and a half hours later. combine that with the lost reports and lack of concern that followed and, if this were a business, i would have asked for a full refund. every year we, the residents of the city, keep getting less for our money and this whole zoo thing is just another brick in that wall that’s being built to keep middle class families (of all races) from moving into the city it’s pretty sad when a ghetto has trouble keeping poor people living there.


  8. MGal (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    Hey Ben, please remember not everyone here is a suburbanite. Some do live in the city and are equally upset. Suburbanites who contribute to the zoo have every right to be upset by its potential closing – it doesn’t matter if you live in the city or not.

    And money will come with good leadership. Poor leadership will very likely cause the money you claim we need to be misappropriated or misspent. So good, quality, mature leadership is equally important.


  9. Ben Yates (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 2:17 am

    Fair enough; I guess I overstepped. Rephrase: Detroit needs both money and good leadership, but its problems seem more rooted in the former, and at the moment I’m not sure even great leadership could fix things on its own. (And the zoo’s closing would suck, but it seems like small potatoes in the grand scheme.)



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