In response to Detroit's current financial distress, a grass-roots organization has proposed an unorthodox but ambitious solution to urban blight: “Z World Detroit,” a city-sized zombie attraction that would transform disused areas into an enormous apocalyptic playground for thrill-seeking tourists.
“The city of Detroit is considering literally abandoning sections of the city,” the planners state in their manifesto. “While the economic and social benefits of this action can be debated, we think the situation demands more creativity.”
With an eye on generating jobs for locals and bringing in renovation funding for other parts of the city, the designers of Z World Detroit have mapped out a fantasy landscape, complete with roaming bands of zombies, which forms the basis for a massive video game-style survival scenario utilizing abandoned factories, stores and houses.
The concept was inspired by the successful Heidelberg Project, in which an entire Detroit street was transformed into a single art installation, attracting worldwide attention and critical praise. So far the Z World project has fallen considerably short of the initial fundraising goals, but you have to give them points for ingenuity.