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Developer Offers Plan to Buy Belle Isle for $1 Billion, Secede from Michigan

Published: January 20, 2013
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Source: Cryptogon

If you can’t get your burbclave built in Honduras, maybe Detroit will work? Or Idaho or Texas

My guess is that the Seasteading guys will fire something up before it happens on land. And when they’re through effing around with half ass solutions (cruise ships???), there’s always Rapture… Or Elysium.

In all seriousness, a Rapture-on-the-Surface in international waters would be the easiest way to go in terms of getting out from under the laws of the various states. Physically dealing with the power of the ocean, which would be working to break the “city” into toothpicks 24/7 is… not going to be easy. But if guys are willing to part with billions of dollars to get something done, who knows?

Via: Motor City Muckraker:

Prominent Republicans in Michigan will gather soon to hear a plan for investors to buy Belle Isle from the city of Detroit for $1 billion and turn the island park into a semi-independent city-state of 35,000 people with its own laws, government and currency.

Never mind that the proposed libertarian experiment, supported by prominent free-enterprise supporters like the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, retired Chrysler President Al Sperlich and Clark Durant, co-founder of Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools, likely will go nowhere.

The sale of Belle Isle requires the approval of Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit City Council and neither would give the proposal a serious look. It’s also very unlikely the island could secede from Michigan.

Research Credit: latitude38

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