Friday Funny: Detroit Neighborhoods Perfect Site for 'Zombie Park'

One brazen entrepreneur from Detroit is looking to raise funds to bring his "zombie theme park" concept to life, Sarah Cox reports.

June 29, 2012, 2:00 PM PDT

By Ryan Lue

Like so many others in Detroit, Marc Siwak is troubled by the state his hometown is in. Residential occupancy has slumped below 40% in vast swaths of the city, and many abandoned houses have decayed beyond repair. Not one to take such indignation lying down, Siwak has launched a plan to make the highest and best use of these blighted spaces: convert them into a sprawling, post-apocalyptic zombie theme park.

Z World Detroit, as Siwak calls it, will offer tourists and locals alike the experience of being "chased down by Zombies, chased through the streets; you'll be running for your life hiding out in buildings, looking for supplies and trying to establish a base."

Cox quips, "Now even visitors from the 'burbs can 'wonder if they will make it through the night.' And new Detroiters that missed 'rock bottom' can pay to have a more terrifying version of the city re-created. (No word on those admission fees yet but someone had better make sure they know to include a Coney Dog stand)."

There's just one catch: Siwak needs $145,000 to move his plans forward. Judging by the strength of the proposal's conceptual mock-ups, though, we might be better off just waiting for an actual zombie apocalypse instead.

Monday, June 25, 2012 in Curbed


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