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I'd probably go
far from requiring little investment, you would have no chance of actually using all those abandoned buildings as setting for zombie roleplay - who's going to cover the insurance for when someone falls through a floor and breaks their neck? People want shit that looks spooky and dilapidated, not stuff that actually is.
The whole idea is brilliant, I'd definitely do it. But you can do something similar a lot closer to home:
It doesn't need zombies to be scary. All the creep mannequins 200 foot below ground level did it for me...
I think it costs about £150 to do though
by dropping a brick on them?
Everything has to have frickin zombies in it these days.
yeah. it was like this a while back, i thought it had died but it seems to have come back recently
I think the closest I will get to it is http://2.8hourslater.com/
Ha ha your city is only good for zombies now.
But other than that, pretty awesome.
what actually happened, is it just the recession killed the motor industry killed the city?
as can be seen from GM's bailout, but Detroit has been suffering for a long time. White flight was already a problem by the time they happened, but the 1967 riots really accelerated the process, stripping the city of much of its tax base. Then manufacturing declined across that entire region, and the city responded with a number of confused and jumbled urban renewal projects, chiefly http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_Center and the most bafflingly misjudged attempt at public transportation I've ever come across http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_People_Mover
Aside from unemployment (which has dropped from nearly 30% in 2009 to around 17% now - http://is.gd/1aAibG ) probably the chief problem with the city today is that it so much of it is still abandoned, and that works as a feedback loop of sorts. If you abandon your property, eventually it'll become property of the city. The city can't afford to maintain the buildings, so they either fall into disrepair or get flat out demolished, but either way further degrades the area around and makes those buildings more likely to be abandoned or neglected. The city is trying to tackle this somewhat by demolishing vast numbers - this from 2010 gives a figure of 10k http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703950804575242433435338728.html - but that still leaves the land empty, with no real plan for what to do with it. Further compounding the constant financial issues are that population in some parts is now so thinly spread that it makes servicing those areas incredibly expensive.
read a book recently that put it down to the manufacturing legacy, that Henry Ford's fine tuned assembly line culture essentially stripped the population of the ability to innovate and create new ideas. think there's something to that, personally.
seems to be something of a misnomer and often a media position to drive hits - "oh look at this it's like Robocop!!!" type sensationalism. there's also a lot of cool stuff going on there, they're pioneering urban farming in some areas http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/detroit-urban-farms-sustainable-living and this Vice documentary is really neat http://www.vice.com/uneven-terrain/detroit-lives-full-length especially at pointing out how the media slants it towards their angle
and she was all 'oh yeah I've met George A Romero' and I was like nowai
She just told me she used to work at some conventions that he was at. She said he wasn't what she was expecting and that he had massive hands
I'm not really sure what this means