The city of Detroit is unable to light or police its streets but it can provide circuses on ice for its (mostly unemployed) citizens. While the city may have declared bankruptcy just the other day, as Chris Isidore of CNN reports:
... financial crisis hasn't derailed ... plans to spend more than $400 million in Michigan taxpayer funds on a new hockey arena for the Red Wings.
Defenders of the plan say that it is part of an overall economic development scheme and will "provide jobs." The people of Detroit used to build things. Cars and truck, chiefly, and the rest of the world marveled at the city's ability to turn them out.
Now ... the citizens and the city are idle and broke. With a new hockey stadium (soon) to console them.