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Detroit has fallen on some hard times lately — the struggling economy has earned the Midwest auto capital headlines like “Detroit War Zone” over the past few years. So as a city, it’s pretty deserving of a pick-me-up. And what better way to honor Motor City than with a statue of its iconic hometown character — no, not Eminem or the members of KISS — but none other than RoboCop. Wednesday, the Detroit News reported that the dream of bringing a Detroit statue of the cyborg played by Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 futuristic film, is no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” “The statue’s definitely coming,” Jerry Paffendorf, who led the campaign, told the paper. “The only thing that’s up in the air is the timeline and where it’s going to go.”

The project to bring a RoboCop statue to Detroit started over a year ago, when supporters of the idea — first proposed to the Detroit mayor via Twitter — posted on the crowdsourcing site Kickstarter to raise money. They quickly hit their goal, raising over $67,000 for the project. But critics of the project were skeptical, saying the statue will only reinforce Detroit’s crime-ridden image. The buzz even prompted Weller to create a support video on Funny or Die, slamming Mayor Dave Bing for calling the idea “silly.” Detroit needs all the tourism help it can get. Would you go to Motown to see a cast of the famous vigilante crime fighter? What other icons should be bronzed for our great cities? Let us know in the comments! Read more: ‘The Killing’ star Joel Kinnaman offered title role in ‘RoboCop’ — report Peter Weller on ‘Dexter,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘Robocop,’ reality TV, and more: an interview