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Utopian Society Is Being Planned In Detroit

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A utopian free-market society is being planned in Detroit. While the Michigan city may not be the first locale one would consider utopian-ready, one developer is proposing it soon could be. Belle Isle Park is being touted as the place to begin rebuilding the America spirit which once propelled Detroit to fiscal prosperity.

Developer Rodney Lockwood wants Detroit to sell Belle Isle Park to private investors for $1 billion. The investors would then turn the 928-acre vacant island into a big government free society. Belle Isle Park is located on the Detroit River between the United States and Canada.

If the plan evolves as designed, Belle Isle Park would then be turned into a city-state or US commonwealth. The island could house approximately 35,000 people, The Blaze notes. The buy-in to become a resident of the utopian society next to Detroit would be $300,000.

The utopian society would have its own currency, laws, and transportation, the Detroit News reports. Once Belle Isle Park is in private hands, it would then be given permission to secede from Michigan and embark on a Puerto Rico style existence.

Government on the island would be limited and there would be no income or corporate tax. Belle Isle Park would also be used as a type of social and economic laboratory. Property taxes would be based upon the value of the land and not the property itself.

Folks interested in living on the island but don’t have the funds necessarily to purchase citizenship could qualify for immigrant status. A total of 20 percent of the Belle Isle Park utopia residents could be comprised of new entrepreneurs and artists. All residents must be able to speak English, have a good credit ratings and no criminal record.

Would you like to live on Belle Isle Park?

[Image via The Blaze]

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8 Responses to “Utopian Society Is Being Planned In Detroit”

  1. Bruce Dunn

    Are we ever going to stop digging up Utopia? Utopia only exists until the population goes from 2 to 3………….and Detroit? It just sounds like an excuse to wipe out that city.

  2. Steven Rohner

    Is this really a joke? Sounds like a "plan" in theory, but how do they think private developers could just secede from the U.S. but already saying their plan? I'm sure the gov has read this plan already and is laughing at it as we speak. Limited gov, give me a break, so the "private" developers can become the kings of this Utopian society based soely on US wealth? Yeah ok Detroit, try again. Evict all the bums and squatters in the city and bulldose it all and start over! problem solved!

  3. Christopher Friend

    Am I the only person who realizes this is a huge nightmare waiting to occur. Are people so stupid that they actually think they can create an utopia on earth. You can't stop humans from being human.

  4. Ken Johnson

    This is clearly a plan for the people who own all those mansions in Gross Pointe, to move out to Belle Isle, and get away from the majority black and poor population. Either fix Dtroit, or get the Hell out. Last person out of this crap-hole, turn off the lights.

  5. Terry Lee Osborne

    From http://bioshock.wikia.com

    The original goal of Rapture was to create a capitalist society free of religion and government, where any citizen could achieve for his or her own gain, rather than for the altruistic fulfillment of the wants of others. The "world's best and brightest" were granted freedom of will and choice in Rapture, unrestrained by government, religion and similar established institutions. Instead of abiding by the moral systems imposed by these institutions, values such as logic and scientific reason were to guide the inhabitants in their pursuit of achievement.

    However, the would-be utopia had its flaws. In Rapture's purely capitalistic society, with no social programs whatsoever, everything within the city was privately owned and came with a price. This included the city's food, health care, sanitation and even its oxygen supply. There were few, if any, defined norms for businesses and labor, allowing unscrupulous business practices (such as overpriced vending service) to flourish.