Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson slams Detroit in 'New Yorker'

Headline on Patterson's piece: 'Drop dead, Detroit!'

Author: Ken Haddad, Social Media Producer, @KenHLocal4, KHaddad@wdiv.com
Published On: Jan 20 2014 02:01:49 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 10:25:07 PM EST
DETROIT -

In this week's issue of "The New Yorker," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was profiled, and he took the opportunity to share his feelings about Detroit.

The article headline reads: "DROP DEAD, DETROIT!," The suburban kingpin who is thriving off the city's decline." Patterson doesn't hold back how he feels about the city in bankruptcy.

"Anytime I talk about Detroit, it will not be positive. Therefore, I’m called a Detroit basher. The truth hurts, you know? Tough sh*t,” Patterson told the magazine. “I used to say to my kids, ‘First of all, there’s no reason for you to go to Detroit. We’ve got restaurants out here.’ They don’t even have movie theatres in Detroit - not one.”

He went on, “I can’t imagine finding something in Detroit that we don’t have in spades here. Except for live sports. We don’t have baseball, football. For that, fine - get in and get out. But park right next to the venue -spend the extra twenty or thirty bucks. And, before you go to Detroit, you get your gas out here. You do not, do not, under any circumstances, stop in Detroit at a gas station! That’s just a call for a carjacking.”

Patterson also added: "I made a prediction a long time ago, and it's come to pass. I said, 'What we're going to do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and corn.'"

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