Z World Detroit, The Undead Themed Amusement Park Concept
Things you’d need in a locale to simulate a zombie apocalypse:
- High crime rate
- Questionable locals
- A desolate backdrop
- A sh*tload of abandoned buildings
Well, if Zombie World comes to fruition, it will definitely happen in Detroit, Michigan. After all, Motor City has 4 of the 5 items on the list down pat since the economy took a turn for the worst. Add some bath salts and you get 5 of 5, although that might be too realistic for a theme park. Well, seeing as how there’s been a mass exodus from Detroit, Mark Siwak has a solution to reinvigorate the city. By turning a part of it into Z World: Detroit.
Siwak has put the project on IndieGoGo in hopes of bringing a little hope left to the American wasteland in Michigan.
Z World Detroit will be a unique and spectacular zombie themed experience park that will transform a virtually neglected section of Detroit, Michigan. Participants will be chased by a growing zombie horde through abandoned factories, stores and homes across hundreds of derelict urban acres.
The city of Detroit is considering literally abandoning sections of the city. While the economic and social benefits of this action can be debated. We think the situation demands more creativity.
The Z World Detroit initiative is a radical rethinking of urban redevelopment and Detroit’s well-documented blight and de-population. It turns perceived liabilities into assets that will bring a renewed vitality to a struggling neighborhood. 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.
While zombies are great, the real neat thing about this project is the potential to inject some life into a forgotten neighborhood – with the opportunity to work with neighborhood groups and organization. In short, Z World Detroit would become part of the neighborhood, the center of the neighborhood, rather than something sitting outside the neighborhood. A big inspiration for this effort is Detroit’s Heidelberg Project (http://www.heidelberg.org), where an artist transformed an east-side street into a massive art installation. This has has a profound effect on that neighborhood and made it a destination.
The schematic states that over 200 acres of Detroit land will be used, making it a pretty damn expansive game. Think of HvZ, but in a less than friendly environment, making it even more realistic. The Daily Mail reports that Siwak has been accused of exploiting the plight of residents in the area, but personally I don’t see it that way. Any aid for the area is probably going to be welcomed, regardless of the intentions behind it. Nonetheless, Siwak is far off of his goal with over two months left, so spread the word if you’d like to see his vision become a reality. If I could make a suggestion though, someone tell him to step his design game up. Buttons and tee shirts are cool to have as a gift for donations, but only if they’re well designed. I still wish the best of luck to dude though.
Donate at: IndieGoGo Z World Detroit