Hamtramck City Council candidate suggests innovative “Walled City” approach to handling Detroit.

Mind you, they’re not going to do this.


Prosperous suburbs surrounding Detroit — and even the struggling enclaves within — are working to distance themselves from a city in financial ruin.

In Hamtramck, one City Council candidate is taking that idea to the extreme.

Richard Fabiszak has proposed that Hamtramck build a 12 or 14-foot wall around the city, keeping out Detroiters, and requiring state-issued identification to get in.

Via Instapundit.  The candidate can be uncharitably, yet in my opinion accurately, described as ‘fringe:’ and things are not that bad in Detroit.  Again, yet. However, there’s a reason why walled cities and towns were common during the Medieval era, and it’s this: fortifications work. Mind you, the proposed Hamtramck Wall wouldn’t stop artillery and/or armored cav; but against individuals with light weaponry and no air support it’d do just fine.  If Detroit gets worse, this solution may end up looking better.

Still, hell of a thing when things have gotten this bad.


  • acat says:

    This cat wonders if the councilman would have gotten further – possibly even federal funding – by calling it a “flood control” issue…

    • Spegen says:

      Or a turtle fence. Yes, on this side of MI, they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a fence along the highway to keep the turtles off the road. The excuse was they had to find an ” environmental” road project or loose some federal funding.

  • Randomized says:

    Scary that what was fantasy yesterday, unserious today, may be prescient tomorrow.

  • Finrod says:

    Personally I’m envisioning Escape From Detroit. Think we can get Kurt Russell to star?

  • midwestconservative says:

    Hey Moe, when are you going to address Peter King having lost his mind?

  • Freddie Sykes says:

    The city is more and more dependent on hunting small game to stay alive. A fence would condemn those honest folks to starvation.

  • Catseyes says:

    Didn’t they end up doing that anyway in Cyberpunk RPG.

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