Boston Mayor Causes Outrage by Saying He’d Blow Up Detroit and Start All Over Again

Daily Mail (London), September 4, 2013

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing accused his Boston counterpart of insensitivity Tuesday after Thomas Menino told a magazine that if he ever visited the Motor City, he’d ‘blow up the place and start all over.’

In a New York Times Magazine article that first appeared online last week, Menino said Detroit is a place he’d like to visit, then added the rest when asked what he’d do there.

Dave Bing and Thomas Menino

Dave Bing and Thomas Menino

‘It is extremely regrettable that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino used such an unfortunate choice of words to describe what he would do if he came to Detroit,’ said Bing, who is not running for re-election after one term as mayor.

‘I would think the mayor of a city that recently experienced a deadly bombing attack would be more sensitive and not use the phrase ‘blow up.’

A spokeswoman for the Boston mayor said Menino ‘feels strongly about cities,’ cares about Detroit’s problems and ‘would like to help in any way he can.’

‘The mayor is sorry that people have taken offense,’ Dot Joyce told The Associated Press in a phone interview. ‘It was never his intention.’

She said that Menino’s proposal to ‘blow up the place’ meant to overhaul the broken systems that have helped bring down Detroit.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in April when pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails, ball bearings and metal shards detonated near the finish line of the popular Boston Marathon.

One of the suspects was killed three days later in a gun battle with police. His brother was captured and has pleaded not guilty to using a weapon of mass destruction charges.

Menino also told the magazine that ‘inaction’ and ‘leadership’ are behind some of Detroit’s problems, like boarded up buildings, nonworking streetlights and lengthy police response times to 911 calls.

Bing, a member of professional basketball’s Hall of Fame and former steel supply company owner, said Menino should have gotten ‘his facts right.’

‘The Detroit Police Department’s response time is not–and has never been–90 minutes,’ Bing said. ‘And, most of our city’s buildings are not boarded up. Since taking office more than four years ago, there has been tireless action on the part of my administration to improve the quality of life for our citizens. In fact, I invite Mayor Menino to visit Detroit to see our city for himself.’

Menino is the latest politician to offer his take on Detroit and its troubles. Two years ago, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told NBC-TV’s ‘Meet the Press’ that Detroit should welcome immigrants to boost the city’s shrinking population.

Detroit in July became the largest city in the country to seek bankruptcy when state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed for court protection as he tries to restructure finances.

Orr said Detroit’s debt could be $18 billion or more.


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  • Anglokraut

    Couldn’t they just wait for Devil’s Night?

    • capnmorgan5150

      I think they’re running out of buildings to burn.

      • Anglokraut

        Imagine whole swaths of blight burned down to potash. Think of how many new farms could be settled by Boer and Rhodesian refugees.

        But that’s racist crimethink.

  • Glass houses much, Menino? Sure, Boston is far better than Detroit, but I’m sure Boston has its ghettos and bell curve cities.

    • Jefferson

      Boston is Salt Lake City, Utah compared to Detroit. Detroit might as well be Haiti with snowy colder winter weather.

  • [Guest]

    No need to blow it up. Detroit has already imploded.

    • evilsandmich

      Apparently the guy hasn’t seen pictures of the place.

      • [Guest]

        Like everything else blacks touch, it’s blighted.

  • CharlesFinley

    Yeah, let’s repopulate Detroit with Syrians! bok…derk derk ah-laaaah!

    Derka derka…moe-hom-ed Gee-hawd…hocka shirpa shirpa…ah bok ah-laaaah!

  • Wethepeople

    So he’s in trouble for insensitivity?

    When the hell did sensitivity become a positive male trait?!?

    These people baffle me.

  • Spartacus

    “She said that Menino’s proposal to ‘blow up the place’ meant to overhaul the broken systems that have helped bring down Detroit.”


    You mean deport/execute all the blacks ? Yeah, that would probably work .

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    What good would it do to blow the place up? Blacks are the most thorough and deadly weapons of mass destruction ever devised, no bomb could compare. We’ve all seen the pictures of Hiroshima and Detroit in 1945 and today. The only solution is sterilization and/or repatriation.

  • nativist

    A career political hack, Menino has been mayor for five terms. His never-agile mind
    started failing about a year ago.

  • bubo

    If it were to blow up, how would you tell?

  • odious liberal

    Liberal on liberal, each fool trying to be more stupid than the other.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Was that an apology I heard later from Menino? Could anyone understand a single word he said?

    And who is Menino to speak? Boston is one of the cities facing economic collapse and disaster.

    –No need to blow up Detroit, Menino, it’s been blowing up since 1962 thanks to 100% Democrat rule.

    Detroit now leads the nation in illiteracy, welfare, food stamps, violent crime, murder, abandoned properties and broken street lights.

    *At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors.

    *The violent crime rate in Detroit is five times higher than the national average.

    *An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

    *Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

    –More fun facts from The Economic Collapse Blog:


  • Comparing Boston and Detroit isn’t that hard. Some 37% of Boston residents have completed either undergraduate or graduate college education. Meanwhile, about 97% of Detroit residents hold a kindergarten degree.

    • bigone4u

      That kindergarten degree would be an affirmative action degree, I believe.

      • MBlanc46

        For some of them, it’s the only graduation they ever have.

        • We see stories here in the late spring and early summer sometimes about mahogany wildings and near-riots at kindergarten and middle school graduation ceremonies. Why do they get so worked up about KG and middle school graduation? You just provided the answer.

          • MBlanc46

            Not an idea original to me, alas.


    “Detroit is the full embodiment of Black Power recognized!”, said Detroit’s first African American Mayor Coleman Young. How right he was, Detroit is a warning sign! But will the terminally Libtarded of America notice that sign before it’s to late, is the question?

    • MBlanc46

      An excellent historical quotation.

    • Didn’t Coleman Young call himself “TMN” – “The Main (Noderated)”?

  • bigone4u

    Move the blacks out of Detroit into a FEMA camp and move whites in, and in five years Detroit would be humming again, a major source of white and American pride.

    • MBlanc46

      If only that could be done.

  • MBlanc46

    Not a well-thought-out comment by Mayor Menino. He probably would have been better off just keeping his mouth shut. But, in general, he’s right. No mere tinkering will save Detroit. Only a radical reorganization of southeast Michigan will suffice.

  • shmo123

    Menino is a politically correct, left wing fool. Blowing up Detroit is about the only thing I’ve ever heard the guy say that actually makes any sense.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Anybody see that new movie about Detroit?

    It’s called “World War N.”

  • Carney3

    It’s not about the buildings.

    Create sparkling shiny new buildings in every square foot of Detroit and the locals will soon trash them, just as occurred with the high rise housing projects built with so much hope in the 1950s and 60s. Poverty, crime, unemployment will remain exactly as is.

    But keep the crumbling slum buildings as they are and replace the locals with Danes, and suddenly the buildings will begin to be spruced up without outside aid, the weeds in the vacant lots pulled, crime and vandalism will vanish, and all sorts of businesses, civic cooperation groups, and cultural events will happen without any government intervention. Detroit will become livable again for middle class white families.

  • Anglokraut

    Except that those great jobs only go to Ph.Ds, as the job market in Boston is supersaturated with the over-educated. Entry-level positions from a temp recruiter now require a completed Bachelors in something. And then there’s the insanely high cost of living, the crappy infrastructure, and the weather…let me just say that I’m glad I don’t live there anymore, for more than a few reasons. It’s a great place to visit, but other than tourism or college, I don’t see any reason to go to Boston.

  • Can you imagine what would happen if white militias stopped allowing food and fuel into Detoilet, while also shutting off the water, electricity and natural gas during a purely hypothetical Civil War Two?

    Boston isn’t busy being reclaimed by nature, while large swathes of what used to be Detroit are. It’s apparently a good place for pheasant hunting now.