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Detroit Zoo? Forced to Close?!
Feb 20th, 2006 at 5:54am
 
Just heard a news clip about the potential closing of the Detroit Zoo.

Great.  The mayor is targeting yet another one of our city's treasures....
They said that the zoo may be closing due to budgetary issues.
I understand that Policemen are more important than the zoo animals, however,
I think there could be a better way to balance the budget.

They closed the Belle Isle Aquarium earlier last year!

Again, my question is this:  With all of the monies poured into the Superbowl,
why couldn't there have been some fundraisers to help the CITY vs. lining the pockets of the
already rich????

As a city, they should have had fundraisers for things such as the Detroit Public Schools, The Belle Isle Aquarium, the Detroit Zoo, and our cultural treasures....

This really irks me!!  Unfortunately, as a suburban resident, I get to stand by and watch helplessly as the Detroit mayor puts the Bling Bling in all the wrong places....
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Reply #1 - Feb 20th, 2006 at 6:01am
 
inasmuch as i am not a fan of zoos, this does really sadden me . i cannot understand why they cannot sell it to one of the suburbs, since it is in the suburbs anyway, and let them absorb the costs.  i am sure royal oak, birmingham or bloomfield hills should be able to afford the operating expenses.
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Reply #2 - Feb 20th, 2006 at 6:10am
 
I know.
This is a Metro Detroit Gem that  should not see its death due to a city who can't manage its budget... Sad

It would be awesome if someone or some city could take up the reins....
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Reply #3 - Feb 20th, 2006 at 8:57am
 
Put that in the suggestion box!
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Reply #4 - Feb 21st, 2006 at 6:59am
 
To anyone here in Detroit... I understand that Channel 2 (I think) has a petition going around at the local Big Boy's REstaurants to oppose the closing of the zoo!
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Reply #5 - Feb 21st, 2006 at 10:45pm
 
Come on! Quami can't put aside money for the zoo when he has to pay friends and relatives 6 figure salaries, not to mention pocketing a little on the side for himself!
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Reply #6 - Feb 22nd, 2006 at 7:08am
 
not to mention all that "bling"!
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Reply #7 - Feb 22nd, 2006 at 12:37pm
 
Well, my hubby & I went to the City Council Meeting tonight...
Word from the Council is that they had rejected a proposal to have the zoo managed by the Zoo Founders society because it was not in the best interest of the city.

Also, they claim that no one said anything about closing the zoo EXCEPT the deputy mayor in the "heat of the moment"....

Kwame's out of the country visiting Africa right now... Convenient timing....

And from what I understand L Brooks Patterson isn't helping the issue either by making snide remarks....

Smells like politics to me.... and someone should have scraped their shoes of dung before entering the city!
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