Forget the Motor City

Let’s imagine that this fallen metropolis might be destined for a Higher Purpose:

Why don’t we just make Detroit a permanent Olympics zone? Level the whole thing and put in permanent hotels, permanent stadiums, permanent facilities, housing for event workers, etc. But no one lives there any other time. Install a huge, secure dome over it with an artificial snow generator for the winter Olympics (hey, they do it in Dubai — surely we can do it here).

Average snowfall in Detroit is about 44 inches a year, or about half what they’ve gotten this year. There will presumably have to be a skeleton crew on hand 24/7/1461, but not necessarily a large one.

Though that’s not the problem. This is:

[N]o one has to bribe the IOC, no one country or city would stand to make millions (or billions) in graft and corruption. Yeah, that right there is the main reason why it would never happen. Not enough of the usual suspects making obscene amounts of money off of something that should be about the athletes.

On the other hand, you have to figure that Detroit knows something about graft.


  1. Nicole »

    6 March 2014 · 9:02 pm

    So maybe it can be a retractable dome for the winter Olympics. :)

  2. CGHill »

    6 March 2014 · 10:44 pm

    Now we’re getting expensive. :)

  3. McGehee »

    7 March 2014 · 8:27 am

    If it’s for both winter and summer Olympics, wouldn’t the skeleton crew be closer to 24/7/730?

  4. CGHill »

    7 March 2014 · 10:01 am

    Yeah, if you had two separate ones.

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