Full-page parody ad: ‘Everything must go!’ Detroit up for sale


The Joe Louis fist – $375.

Find cheap garbage trucks, snowplows and DDOT buses.

How about some manhole covers, fire hydrants or parking meters? Get ’em before the scrappers do.

So reads a full-page parody ad in today’s Metro Times courtesy of Detroit provocateur Jerry Vile, founder of the annual Dirty Show.

Vile also slipped oversized, neon green sales tags around the necks of two popular downtown statues this morning.

The ads are a reaction to the state’s control of Detroit’s bankruptcy, which exposes the city to the risks of losing popular assets, such as masterpieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

This is what Vile said of the ad: “A friend, who happens to be the best graphics person I have ever known in my life, more or less made [the ad] perfect and not only added to the design, but also to the writing. We sat down together and had what I consider a really fun day — and most of a night — and that made it good because the layout inspired new ideas.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.