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Detroit´s Imperiled Vault of Cultural Treasures
American Spectator, by Bill Zeiser

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/14/2014 5:23:39 AM

Astute Spectator readers may have observed that I am a fan of post-apocalyptic and dystopian films and imagery. There is something hauntingly beautiful in seeing the familiar laid to waste. A recent move to Michigan meant that it was only a matter of time until I made my way to Detroit, a post-apocalyptic landscape that exists outside of the realm of cinematic fantasy. This first visit, however, was not to survey the ruins, but to visit a more conventional cultural treasure: the Detroit Institute of Arts. The sprawling complex contains works by some of the world´s greatest artists, including Matisse,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/14/2014 8:15:10 AM     (No. 9691237)

Detroit owes the money, has assets. Sell them and pay your debts. Not only is that the moral thing to do, it is the law.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/14/2014 8:25:11 AM     (No. 9691252)

According to this morning´s Wall Street Journal, a group of foundations is putting up about 300 million against the bankruptcy court´s target of 500 million, with more to come. This plan would allow the art to remain in Detroit, but would be owned by the foundations. I like the plan.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 1/14/2014 9:26:27 AM     (No. 9691333)

Sadly, #2, I do not like the plan. I have lived in Detroit (yes, in the very city). It is a dangerous, criminal hellhole.

The DIA is located just north of downtown, by Wayne State University. It is a dangerous place to walk, to park a car, or even to slow down. Leaving the art in the DIA means that very few will ever get to view it.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/14/2014 10:13:55 AM     (No. 9691410)

OH we gotta save the art...while our cities are degrading into junkyards and cesspools...great idea.

SELL all of it and pay off debts. Cronies get nothing!

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