Amusement parks are where children go to have the fun during the summer before another torturous school year begins. Right before kids could have one last chance to go to the Six Flags near New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina hit. The Six Flags out up a “closed for the storm” sign, this soon became the iconic sign of the abandoned Six Flags and has yet to change years after Hurricane Katrina hit.The demolition of the Six Flags park can greatly contribute to the ever increasing poverty levels that curses the people of New Orleans.
. Hurricane Katrina was labeled as a category 5 storm and it had a devastating effect on many people. A lot of them were displaced from their homes; and families; the flooding also destroyed many homes and buildings. People were stranded on the rooftops of their homes with little to no food or clean water. The aftermaths of the storm were homeless people after their homes were destroyed, and many people were in need of food and water. Ten years later after the storm and buildings and homes were repaired and majority of New Orleans was back to normal again except for the Six Flags that was there. The damage done to the amusement park was too expensive to repair. Eighty percent of the park was completely ruined by the water and the strong winds. The total cost of repairing the amusement park was estimated to millions of dollars, and so the amusement park was left there: abandoned.
The New Orleans Six Flags was one of the lowest performing Six Flags in the company.; along with the damages that came after Hurricane Katrina the company had no desire to rebuild the Six Flags The state that was left of the amusement part was horrible, there was overgrown grass and weeds everywhere, the water that was not drained from the aftermath of the storm was still there and most of the remaining buildings were completely ruined. The fan blades on the ceiling of the gift shop were drooping, the bottom half of the building was completely destroyed due to the tremendous amount of water, and most of the interior and exterior of the building was covered in graffiti. Many of the rides were covered in rust and water from the storm, and majority of the area was inhabited by alligators and snakes.
Before the storm New Orleans was among the largest cities in the states, but it was also one of poorest cities out of the fifty states. A survey conducted on poverty level in New Orleans, and it was higher than the national average. This would probably explain why the Six Flags had so little profit, the people just didn’t have enough money to spend on amusement parks. After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans poverty level has gone up, more than forty percent of the population had incomes below the poverty line. Majority of the public housing buildings were swept away by the flood and this was where most of the already poor people stayed.
The wrecked Six Flags could be changed for the better. With such a large park and so much land, the park could be turned into something to benefit the people living in New Orleans. The mayor of New Orleans could propose an offer to the owner of the Six flags location, they could buy the land off and the land could be used for other things instead of shooting movies like Jurassic park. Tearing down the amusement park and turning it into something else is already a big project and this could lead to potential job opportunities. With more jobs for the people it gives the unemployed an opportunity to get back on their feet after the storm. Many people are already complaining about dreadful conditions of living next to the park like the large population of mosquitoes that inhabit the swampy areas around the park. So the demolition of the Six Flags could benefit a lot of people, not just the unemployed and poor civilians.
After the Six Flags is cleaned up, there could be another project to build houses for those who lived in the now destroyed public housing buildings. Before Hurricane Katrina people devoted around thirty percent of their monthly paycheck on rent, now they pay more than fifty percent of their paycheck for rent; leading to the continuous poverty in the city. There is a lack of available houses on the market and the prices for each house are outrageous and they continue to rise. With the new homes and more public housing buildings, this project to solve multiple issues that the people face.
Six Flags is like the McDonalds of amusement parks, they are everywhere and can be built anywhere because they have the money to do so. With all the problems the civilians face the last thing they probably think about is going to an amusement park with their financial problems. What the people need are more homes and jobs to remedy the problem of poverty. Nobody is going to miss the abandoned amusement park, and many people want to tear it down in place of something new. The new homes could solve most peoples with new homes and affordable housing for people and also many job opportunities to get the ball rolling out of the poverty line.
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