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Artist Campaigns To Convert Abandoned Detroit Neighborhood Into A Zombie Theme Park

While Detroit, Michigan, doesn't exactly have the best reputation when it comes to safety and quality of life, Mark Siwak wants to help change that. The artist has made a request on Indiegogo, asking for help with a new idea to turn an abandoned Detroit neighborhood into a usable zombie theme park.

The project, called "Z World Detroit," will make constructive use of homes and buildings that have been left behind. Because of the rundown atmosphere of these neglected urban areas, the idea wouldn't even be difficult to pull off. The only other thing really necessary would be some zombie actors. Additionally, it will bring a quirky, new attraction to a city that is often looked down upon by visitors.

"The Z World Detroit initiative is a radical rethinking of urban redevelopment and Detroit's well-documented blight and de-population," reads the Indiegogo page. "It turns perceived liabilities into assets that will bring a renewed vitality to a struggling neighborhood."
According to Digital Trends, the way the theme park would work would be like a giant game. Players would run and hide from zombies, try to find food and supplies and try to find other survivors. Each player would wear a certain number of patches, which would get torn off one by one during each zombie encounter. Once all the patches were gone, the player would join the zombie team. Zombies could also be eliminated once their patches were ripped off, and there would be opportunities to collect extra patches during the game.

At this point, Siwak is just trying to collect initial funding for the concept. The goal is to raise $145,000 by August 25, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Currently, the project has raised $8,106. To donate click here. To learn more about the project, check out the video above.

Filed under: Arts and Culture, Stories, North America, United States, Video, Ecotourism, News, Consumer Activism, Theme Parks

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