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#Anarchy in Detroit!

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  • Last updated on Nov 10, 2014
We all know Detroit's in trouble: A bankrupt city full of crumbling houses, abandoned factory buildings, and a dwindling population.

But while politicians, unions, and investors slug it out in bankruptcy court and grasp for their share of what little cash is left, ordinary citizens are left to fend for themselves in a city with no functioning government. This is Reason TV's coverage of what happens when people are left to their own devices and forced to come up with creative ways to pick up the pieces and find solutions in a city they once loved.

This is #Anarchy in Detroit, a four-part series showcasing what actual Detroit residents are doing to make the Motor City a better place to live.

Part I features "The Mower Gang," a group of volunteers who are breaking the law by keeping some of the city's non-maintained parks trimmed for kids.

Part II profiles Detroit Threat Management, a private security firm supplementing the efforts of the city's beleaguered law enforcement.

Part III explores Fireweed Universe City, a neighborhood of anarchist squatters.

Part IV takes a look at one man's wild idea to purchase an island in the Detroit River and turn it into a Hong Kong-style free-trade zone.

About 10 minutes total. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Shot by Tracy Oppenheimer and Weissmueller. Music by Cassiopee Asphodel and Treaty.

Also included: "Operation Compliance: Detroit's War on Small Business" and "Detroit's Tragedy and How to Fix It."
We all know Detroit's in trouble: A bankrupt city full of crumbling houses, abandoned factory buildings, and a dwindling population.

But while politicians, unions, and investors slug it out in bankruptcy court and grasp for their share of ...
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