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Old 01-20-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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Default L Brooks Patterson says "Drop Dead Detroit!" in New Yorker article

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L. Brooks Patterson goes a bit too far in New Yorker article: "Drop Dead, Detroit!"

 
Old 01-20-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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I always said the only reason Oakland County is even worth anything is because they poached Detroit big time! There was nothing innovative to it. Detroit didn't help itself by letting crime run out of control though. Why would he even make those comments when we need the region to be unified? A lot of people could easily take what he said and really make it look bad....
 
Old 01-20-2014, 11:51 AM
 
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I always said the only reason Oakland County is even worth anything is because they poached Detroit big time! There was nothing innovative to it. Detroit didn't help itself by letting crime run out of control though. Why would he even make those comments when we need the region to be unified? A lot of people could easily take what he said and really make it look bad....
+1.

You pretty much summed up my feelings in a nutshell.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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Why would he even make those comments when we need the region to be unified?
"We" do, but LBP doesn't. Like you inferred: Detroit's loss is Oakland County's gain. From his perspective as a politician of a particular municipality, it is to his benefit to make his municipality look good and to make others look bad.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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"We" do, but LBP doesn't. Like you inferred: Detroit's loss is Oakland County's gain. From his perspective as a politician of a particular municipality, it is to his benefit to make his municipality look good and to make others look bad.
The problem is, the fact that folks keep re-electing LBP implies that they support and even encourage his opinions.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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The problem is, the fact that folks keep re-electing LBP implies that they support and even encourage his opinions.
No doubt they do. It is too easy for us to separate ourselves. I might go to Oakland County but a couple times a year, so why should I be concerned whether or not they become an Indian reservation that we throw corn into?

Obviously on a humanitarian level I care, but on a political/economic level do I?...should I? I mean, why should OakCo be more concerned about WayneCo than they are about GenesseeCo?... or LapeerCo?...or the starving people in Africa?

Isn't it up to each municipality to do what is best for themselves? And I am not condoning "poaching" which I think is a stretch of what really happened. OakCo merely provided a better environment for people to live in and open/move businesses in.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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Obviously on a humanitarian level I care, but on a political/economic level do I?...should I?
Because our fates are intertwined.

A metropolitan area can't be successful (by that, I mean growing and economically vibrant) without some type of anchor to attract outsider. As the saying goes, united we stand and divided we fall (city and suburbs).

Cutting off your nose to spite your face is a non-starter.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 12:46 PM
 
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I always said the only reason Oakland County is even worth anything is because they poached Detroit big time! There was nothing innovative to it. Detroit didn't help itself by letting crime run out of control though. Why would he even make those comments when we need the region to be unified? A lot of people could easily take what he said and really make it look bad....
Wah.

People love to hate Brooks because he built Oakland County despite having the crime infested rathole of Detroit on its border. A pretty amazing accomplishment, if you ask me. He tells the truth about Detroit and doesn't sugarcoat it. You can't tell me the things he's quoted as saying aren't 100% true. I hope Brooks runs Oakland County until he's 150. He's a big reason why I live here.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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Because our fates are intertwined.

A metropolitan area can't be successful (by that, I mean growing and economically vibrant) without some type of anchor to attract outsider.

Cutting off your nose to spite your face is a non-starter.
Yeah, I guess one of the 10 wealthiest counties in the country with a sterling credit rating isn't very successful.
 
Old 01-20-2014, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I always said the only reason Oakland County is even worth anything is because they poached Detroit big time! There was nothing innovative to it. Detroit didn't help itself by letting crime run out of control though. Why would he even make those comments when we need the region to be unified? A lot of people could easily take what he said and really make it look bad....
Oakland County never would have popped up if it weren't for Detroit, plain and simple. Most of the employers in Oakland County are automotive tech related, which got their start in Detroit. Most of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Oakland County got their start from automotive fortunes. At a bare minimum he should acknowledge that he'd be nothing without Detroit. He'd be mayor of Bad Axe if it weren't for Detroit.
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