Tuesday, May 21, 2013


A few years ago, the mayor of Detroit was talking about rehabilitating the city's image. It hit some really, really rough times over the past few years and I've written about it before.

At one point, someone on the Internet sent a Tweet to Mayor Dave Bing that said since Philadelphia had a Rocky Balboa statue, Detroit should have a Robocop one. Bing Tweeted back to the fan that there were no plans for such a statue, but thanked him for the suggestion.

That caught some attention and someone started a Kickstarter Fund to do just that - build a huge bronze statue of Robocop for Detroit. Everyone kind of laughed about it. Then people started donating money. And then more money. And then more. Soon enough, they'd reached their goal.

Cut to a little over two years later and that statue is about ready to be bronzed. It should be ready to be put up by the end of next summer, but they just don't know where it's actually going to go.

On one hand, this is amazing. On the other hand, what does it mean for a large, metropolitan city that the mayor and the entire city government basically says, "Sure, I guess if you guys can get money together for a 10-foot bronze statue of a 25-year-old ultra-violent movie character we'll find a place for it in the city."

It means that Detroit is kind of fucked but still awesome.

I mean, look at this thing. It's goddamn amazing, right? You can see more photos of it here.

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