This sucks. I loved that coaster, it was so charming and such fun. I hate it when things like this happen, although I'm not surprised that it happened at a park owned by BPPB rather than a more conventional theme park. Let's hope that the new ride at Blackpool will come close to making up for this tragedy. M
keep anyone from intervening and wanting to keep the park open
I know this is an unpopular opinion around here, but there isn't much that anyone can do if a private owner of an amusement facility decides to turn it into condos. If there were so many people wanting to keep the park open that it was more profitable as a park than as housing, a factory, or any other darn thing, then it would still be a park. It's really that simple.
I think the quick destruction has less to do with any concern about picketing or protests, and more to do with wanting to get on with whatever plans they have for the property. You guys act as though if you'd only gotten there in time, it could have been saved. Perhaps after several months, maybe some other operator would decide to buy the ride, but in the meantime the current owner is losing time, and therefore money.
The big soulless commercial parks may be the scourge of the earth, but they draw the masses, and most of these charming places don't. You're not going to change that any more than you'll suddenly get the television viewing public to wake up tomorrow finally understanding that most of what is on TV is total crap, and that they really ought to be giving a lot more money to PBS.
Heck, even within the big soulless commercial parks, charming is trumped by glitz. How does Mean Streak generate more ridership than Blue Streak? It's a horrible ride in a bad location. Yet, it got more than 100,000 extra turnstile clicks than the vastly superior, better located, but smaller and older ride in 2005.
I disagree Brian. With land values being what they are nowadays, even the most profitable park could be justifiably sacraficed for development. At what point is it no longer good business sense but simply greed? I guess I'm one of those enthusiasts that puts passion ahead of business... within reason, of course.
Matt, have you seen what BPB has been doing lately? Look at all the classic rides they removed in the past two years and then think about how well they're doing when it comes to protecting amusement park history. Blackpool used to remind me of Kennywood but lately the owners seem compelled to do away with anything historic. It's really sad.
^ Actually, I'd say that point is somewhere between the quarterly balance sheet and longer-range thinking...and most companies these days really don't look past the next earnings reports. Which kinda helps explain why "the old SFI" got themselves in the situation they did. ;)
There is a difference- a line, if you will- that exists between good business and greed, but today's society has mostly erased that line. The need to tweak things to get every penny of profit out of them has definitely had a negative impact on a lot of things.