New Orleans says development of Six Flags site still possible, says recent video was not authorized

Posted Thursday, November 11, 2010 1:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Although a video making the rounds on the Internet says that the theme park is scheduled for demolition next year, city officials say there are no plans to demolish the Six Flags Amusement Park and an offer to redevelop the site is still pending. Despite a graphic on the video indicating otherwise, the city says the shooting was not authorized.

Read more from The Times-Picayune.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 7:07 AM

When I first heard the video was pulled quickly and mysteriously, I figured someone was not happy about it and they were told to remove it. Heard Jeff say he could not figure it out on the podcast but hoping he was realizing the same thing.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:28 AM

Did anyone else catch the "Welcome to Freedomland" graffiti at 5:37.

Not sure if that was someone with a grand knowledge of Theme Park History, or some random comment that had an unintended double meaning. The park would never have survived, even without Katrina. That said, it's still sad to see any closed park.


Some closed parks are only shells of their former selves, most items having been sold or removed over time. SFNO, in many respects, looks like it did the day before the storm hit. The site is a complete loss, and there is no real hope of ever utilizing it again as a park.

I went there twice as Jazzland. Megazyph was a fun ride, probably would have been much better without the Gerstlauer trains. Still, it was underrated, and made for a good time. Most parks would be fortunate to have it.

The rest of the park suffered from inadequate shade (which was somewhat rectified when SF took over). The Lake Ponchartrain Beach area was a great homage to the former lakeside park on the North Shore. The rides were imaginatively themed, but the deck was stacked against this park from day one.

that video wasn't taken by some punk who climbed the fence. It's too well staged.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:51 PM

There is something beautiful about the video, and the park, and I can't exactly figure out what it is. There aren't very many places in the world that were simply abandoned like this. Reminds me a little of Chernobyl.

Makes me want to buy one of those silly cranes too. The subtle movement really does add a lot to the look.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 1:31 PM

Yeah, Chernobyl is the first thing I think about when I see abandoned sites like this. There's also that dilapidated amusement park there. There's another website showing an abandoned park, I think in Japan. It's been discussed on here before, I believe. Eerily beautiful.

Edit -- here it is: http://biginjapan.com.au/2009/08/the-beauty-of-decay/

Actually, that's not the site I was thinking of, but some of those pics show the park I mentioned. Some of the interior shots I hadn't seen before.

Last edited by Vater, Thursday, November 11, 2010 1:33 PM
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Monday, November 15, 2010 7:01 PM

Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a pretty awesome band, and totally appropriate for a video like this.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 10:31 PM

Actually Jeff, there are quite a few places in the World that society just up and left it for some reason or another. After watching life without people for two years, I found that there was a whole lot more places like Chernobyl then I ever knew existed.

But, Chernobyl is the first thought I had after watching the video also. Chernobyl just sticks in older peoples head on this site, because we remember when it happened and seeing the events unfold on the news.

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Monday, November 15, 2010 11:30 PM

Break Trims said:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor is a pretty awesome band, and totally appropriate for a video like this.

Indeed. I was so bummed to see their upcoming tour is sold out everywhere :(

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