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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 6, February 7, 2010, Article 15

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS THE DETROIT CHEER AND OTHER LOCAL CURRENCIES

Dave Bowers forwarded this article about the continuing trend of local currencies. -Editor

Detroit Cheer local currency note In an echo of the Great Depression, local currencies with their own special flavors are popping up all over in attempts to give commerce and communities a lift.

Last year, two Detroit tavern owners were sitting at the bar, sampling their beverages and bemoaning the local economy -- no one in the city had cash, and when they did, they spent it in the suburbs. Then the pair hit on a solution: Print their own money.

It is, after all, perfectly legal for anyone to issue currency, as long as it doesn't look too much like a U.S. dollar. Thus was born the Detroit cheer, a local scrip accepted by a handful of city businesses, including a pizzeria, an electrician and a doggy day care center.

Residents can also exchange it at a few area bars for greenbacks, but the cheer is vastly more colorful. It features a chiseled, naked Greco-Roman superhero (the Spirit of Detroit) towering Godzilla-like over the city skyline, cupping a tiny family in one hand and a sunburst representing God in the other.

And Detroit isn't the only city sporting its own currency. Since the market tanked nearly 18 months ago, there's been an interest in local scrips not seen since the Great Depression.

What's next, the Bronx Cheer? -Editor

To read the complete article, see: Struggling towns printing their own cash (wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/
2/29/Detroit_cheer.jpg/250px-Detroit_cheer.jpg)

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