"This is a problem that has been more than 60 years in the making," Orr said on CNBC's "The Kudlow Report" Thursday night. "There's $18 billion of debt total. Even if we took $200 million a year out of a $100 billion budget, which we can't do, it would take 68 years to pay off that debt."
Mr Orr also requested the Detroit Institute of Art provide him with an inventory of its holdings.
It's one of the better museums out there, built up back when the city was entrusted to a 'different sort' of people.