Worth ReadingBY CAROL CAIN
Could Detroit be the new Amsterdam -- a city where prostitution and marijuana are both legalized to help attract young people and turn the troubled city's prospects around?
Saturday, April 16, 2011DRUGS AND SEX TO SAVE DETROIT? Democrat thinks so! Prostitution, pot legalization could make Detroit attractive, Fieger says
Why not, barrister and occasional mayoral candidate Geoffrey Fieger said during a taping of "Michigan Matters" on what he would do if he walked in Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's shoes and tried to address the city's woes.
"I could turn it around in five minutes," Fieger said.
"I'd shovel the snow and I'd clean the streets and parks. Then, I'd tell the police department to leave marijuana alone and don't spend one dime trying to enforce marijuana laws. I also would not enforce prostitution laws and I'd make us the new Amsterdam."
"We would attract young people," Fieger said. "You make Detroit a fun city. A place they want to live and they would flock here."
Fieger, who ran as a Democrat for governor, appeared with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who took exception to his idea.
"How does that fix the schools or unemployment or illiteracy in the city?" Patterson said.
Besides, the outspoken Republican leader added, "Have you been to 8 Mile recently?" in reference to strip clubs and other elements found along certain stretches of the road.
Fieger still thought the idea had merits.