Via The AP Wire: ‘Cash-Starved Pa. City To Sell Wild West Artifacts’

Full post here.

‘A cavernous brick building on the outskirts of the city holds a failed dream, a warehouse stacked high with the remnants of a multimillion-dollar spending spree by a former Harrisburg mayor who used city money to purchase artifacts for an Old West museum that died in its infancy.’


Harrisburg doesn’t have the money to fix most of its potholes.

In the above video, Reason Magazine used Harrisburg as a model for fiscal failure.  The former mayor tried to prop up the loss of manufacturing and mostly the steel industry with “being entrepreneurial,” making especially bad investment decisions (the incinerator and the Wild West museum boondoggle).

Addition:  From a reader: Photos of the auction here.  There might be some good deals to be had if you know what you’re looking for.  Thanks Bernie.

A garage sale for the city’s art? Virginia Postrel At Bloomberg: ‘Detroit’s Van Gogh Would Be Better Off in L.A.’From The Detroit Free Press: ‘DIA’s Art Collection Could Face Sell-Off To Satisfy Detroit’s Creditors’

Walter Russell Mead takes a look at the blue model (the old progressive model) from the ground up in NYC to argue that it’s simply not working.  Check out his series at The American Interest

From Bloomberg: ‘Detroit Recovery Plan Threatens Muni-Market Underpinnings’

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