Suburban Detroit Official 'Furious' About Article

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

“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.”

L. Brooks Patterson

New Yorker Magazine

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban official says he's "furious" about a magazine article that attributes quotes to him that are critical of Detroit.

Under the headline "Drop Dead, Detroit!" published online Monday by The New Yorker, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is quoted as recommending people don't stop for gas in the city due to the potential for carjacking. He's also quoted as saying Detroit is an "Indian reservation."

In an interview Tuesday with WWJ-AM, Patterson says the article "was a giant betrayal" and he's "furious about it."

Patterson calls the story "an absolute hatchet job."

In it, the white Republican sells the merits of Oakland County while bashing Detroit, which is more than 80 percent black.

Article author Paige Williams tells the Detroit Free Press the piece is a "balanced portrait."


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