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Odysseus
07-06-2012, 11:13 PM
Solution for Detroit's urban decay: Zombie-themed amusement park?








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A map of the envisioned Z-World Detroit, whose purpose would be to turn a blighted segment of the city into an amusement park. (Mark Siwak / July 6, 2012)




By Tiffany HsuJuly 6, 2012, 12:29 p.m.


To bring Detroit back to life, entrepreneur Mark Siwak is looking to the undead. Specifically, to a 200-acre theme park starring zombies (http://www.latimes.com/topic/arts-culture/folklore-mythology/ghouls-zombies-%28supernatural-entities%29-15019000178.topic).

Siwak is attempting to raise $145,000 to fuel his concept (http://www3.indiegogo.com/zworlddetroit) for Z World, which seems a bit like the post-apocalyptic amusement land in the film “Zombieland” or the Halloween (http://www.latimes.com/topic/arts-culture/halloween-EVFES000167.topic) haunt events set up each year around Southern California.

Detroit has been in steady, sprawling decline for years. As the city’s population flees and blight spreads, large swaths of Detroit have begun to crumble.
Siwak wants to raise funds for engineering studies of such empty structures, where he plans to site his park.

Think of it as an immersive camping trip or a video game sprung to life, set in an abandoned, walled-off sector of Detroit. Participants would be chased by a zombie horde through derelict factories, stores and homes.

Humans and undead alike would wear tear-away patches, in the spirit of flag football. Once all their patches are gone, humans turn into zombies and zombies are eliminated from the game. The objective of the experience is to collect as many patches as possible.

For now, the grass-roots project is far from a definitive development, though Siwak is aiming for a tentative opening next summer.

“It turns perceived liabilities into assets that will bring a renewed vitality to a struggling neighborhood,” he wrote in a description of his brainchild on crowd-sourced funding platform Indiegogo. “When done right, Z World Detroit would be transformative for part of the city, it would create jobs for Detroiters and become a legitimate destination.”

So far, though, zombies aren’t proving as effective as other Detroit champions such as Eminem (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/music/eminem-PECLB001576.topic) andClint Eastwood (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/movies/clint-eastwood-PECLB001518.topic). With about a month remaining for donations, Siwak has only garnered $5,400.



This could be the start of a bunch of post-apocalyptic theme parks using ruined American private sector infrastructure. For example, a Mad Max-themed park on the site of a former oil-refinery that is surrounded by Obama's EPA officials. Guests would have to escape with a tanker truck full of refined gasoline and fight their way through the agents, who would be armed with subpoenas and would chase the truck in a fleet of souped up Priuses. Or, perhaps a Logan's Run park in an abandoned mall, where elderly patrons who qualify for Medicare would have to escape from an army of young IRS agents who are seeking to cut their benefits and turn them over to IPAB for termination. The possibilities are endless!

Rockntractor
07-06-2012, 11:19 PM
The Democrats are working real hard to turn the whole country into one of these parks.

ThinkingBig
07-08-2012, 05:23 PM
Congress is working real hard to turn the whole country into one of these parks.

Fixed it for ya.

Actually, they're working toward their own selfish financial interests by selling access to special interests.

Great line from new HBO show: What the difference between a corporation and a person?

Answer: Have you every held the door open for someone? Did they pay you?


People who can afford access get access. The rest of us get to pay their overhead, their staff, their health-care for life and pension.

Rockntractor
07-08-2012, 05:55 PM
Fixed it for ya.

Actually, they're working toward their own selfish financial interests by selling access to special interests.

Great line from new HBO show: What the difference between a corporation and a person?

Answer: Have you every held the door open for someone? Did they pay you?


People who can afford access get access. The rest of us get to pay their overhead, their staff, their health-care for life and pension.

Well then, we have heard from a zombie now.

Odysseus
07-08-2012, 06:52 PM
Fixed it for ya.

Actually, they're working toward their own selfish financial interests by selling access to special interests.

Great line from new HBO show: What the difference between a corporation and a person?

Answer: Have you every held the door open for someone? Did they pay you?


People who can afford access get access. The rest of us get to pay their overhead, their staff, their health-care for life and pension.

Can you even try to stay on topic, Spicoli? The subject is the urban decay of Detroit and its ideal setting as a post-apocalyptic theme park, thanks to decades of Democratic mismanagement of the city. If you have nothing intelligent to contribute (and you hardly ever do), I'm sure that we can find something more appropriate for you to weigh in on. Here are a few that are more suited to your faculties:

http://bronies.memebase.com/
http://www.giantbomb.com/littlest-pet-shop/61-21123/news/
http://zhuzhupetshamsterblog.com/

Try not to let your lips move too much while you read from those sites.

Rockntractor
07-08-2012, 07:45 PM
Try not to let your lips move too much while you read from those sites.

We need a whipping boy that will stick around long enough to entertain us, this one is boring me.

JB
07-08-2012, 08:09 PM
They should worry more about Dearborn.

noonwitch
07-10-2012, 08:58 AM
This would be a variation on paintball, right? I think it could be a cool thing. We've got plenty of space for it, and it would bring young people into the city, spending money. If it draws enough business, it could maybe support a couple of restaurants, coffee shops, or whatever the young people would patronize after chasing zombies around for a few hours.

If they are going to do it, they better do it fast before Chicago or Cleveland beats Detroit to it.

Odysseus
07-10-2012, 03:15 PM
This would be a variation on paintball, right? I think it could be a cool thing. We've got plenty of space for it, and it would bring young people into the city, spending money. If it draws enough business, it could maybe support a couple of restaurants, coffee shops, or whatever the young people would patronize after chasing zombies around for a few hours.

If they are going to do it, they better do it fast before Chicago or Cleveland beats Detroit to it.

Sounds like you are on board. One question: Who gets the food concessions, and what will they serve?

noonwitch
07-10-2012, 03:44 PM
Sounds like you are on board. One question: Who gets the food concessions, and what will they serve?


I'm on board for anything that will bring jobs and money into the city, especially if it is private enterprise. Our teens can't find jobs because they have to compete with adults to work at McDonald's. Z World Detroit could provide summer jobs to teens.


I'm not sure who will get the food concessions, since Detroit has an honest mayor at this time. I'm pretty sure the city council will not be satisfied with the way the mayor handles it and will tie him up in court with a lawsuit. At least two of the council members will express how this idea of having a zombie-themed amusement park will give the city a negative image in the national media.

At some point, the guy who owns the Ambassador Bridge/lots of abandoned buildings in Detroit would want his piece of the pie, and if he doesn't get it, he will run ads on cable in West Michigan complaining about how the mayor and the governor are making the citizens of that area pay for something that might possibly benefit Detroit.

And after all that, the company that wants to build the park will end up deciding Detroit is too much trouble and will build it in Cleveland, instead, but they will still call it Z-World Detroit.