Huge swathes of Detroit are virtually abandoned; at least half the buildings in a shockingly large percentage of the city are empty. The scale of the urban blight has given rise to a variety of new ideas, including the creation of a lot of farmland, but the team behind Z World has a very different way to revitalize the Motor City: a 200 acre zombie theme park.
Marc Siwak, the man behind the idea, admits it's ambitious, and that Z World is just a concept at the moment. But, he says, it could be "bold, spectacular, and potentially transformative for an entire neighborhood." It would create jobs and support businesses in the area. To make it happen, he has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $145,000. That money would be used to find an appropriate site, develop a detailed design and refine the game play.
Perhaps it's a pipe dream, but the idea is valuable for its creative approach to urban redevelopment. Sivak also hopes to use money raised by Z World to demolish abandoned buildings throughout Detroit; I'd rather see it go to restoring them, where possible. And who knows: Maybe if it comes together, visitors could learn some important lessons about resilience from the faux zombie apocalypse.