Notes on Powerpoint

Number of Slides: 7 slides

  1. Title of your project, your name, some sort of handle from any social media account
  2. Research Question; should be open ended
  3. Background Slide
  4. Slides 4-6 need to address argument; major points, subpoints that go under
    1. Try to keep slides parallel
  5. 7th slide: conclusion (What did you learn that is new? So what? Why does your project matter?)

Blog 20

Six Flags New Orleans was an amusement park in New Orleans East. It was open for almost 3 years, but in August 2005 the park was hit by Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm that damaged cities along the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans. The storm left thousands of people homeless and many people dead. Six Flags was about to announcement their addition of a water park, but the storm forced the park to close for several months due to flooding. Once the flood waters dried up, many of the rides were ruined due to salt water erosion. Only a limited amount of rides could be saved and the company decided that this particular park was ruined. Six Flags was able to get out of their 75-year lease with the city of New Orleans by claiming the amusement park was a lost cause. There are still parts of New Orleans that have not been rebuilt and Six Flags New Orleans is one of those areas. During the 11 years that have passed, wildlife has taken over. Many snakes


Due to the location of Six Flags New Orleans, not much traffic passed through because the area was known for it’s crime rather than tourism according to Lisa Fritscher. The past owners, Jazzland, nearly went into bankruptcy due to lack of marketing funds and they also never received much of a profit. If we were to revive this amusement park by investing more money, we are taking the chance of losing that and going into debt. An amusement park may not be what the area needs at this time. Maybe a school would be more beneficial to the surrounding community. By bringing a school into the area, you are attracting families who could rebuild the houses.  Although, more money would have to be invested into the project to demolish what was left of the amusement park because there are still many rides left behind. Also, the area was never quite rebuilt after the storm. This brings up the question of who would spend the money to rebuild neighborhoods and what kind of families would you want to attract to the area? Before Hurricane Katrina hit, this was a low income area and many of the locals did not have transportation to move around the city, which made it hard on Six Flags New Orleans to turn a profit.

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In 2000, a theme park called Jazzland opened in New Orleans East, right off Interstate 510 Exchange. During that time, New Orleans was a place where transportation did not come easy, according to Lisa Fritscher in her article “Abandoned: The Heartbreaking True Story of Six Flags New Orleans.” Jazzland face a lot of problems which included their location and rumored lack of funds. After two years of being open, Jazzland sold their theme park to Six Flags New Orleans, who was required to sign a 75-year lease with the city. The company decided to wait until 2003 to officially change the name of the amusement park and to add new rides. According to Fritscher, Six Flags New Orleans planned on incorporating a water park, but the announcement and plans were put on hold due to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Hurricane Katrina was a Category 3 storm with damaging winds up to 140 miles per hour that hit the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. This storm brought many risks to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, and caused thousands of people to lose their homes. New Orleans, being six feet below sea level, was at a greater risk which led to a mandatory evacuation order from Mayor Ray Nagin. Across the South, the storm killed approximately 2,000 people, many of which have family that are still trying to put their life back together after this horrific storm. The staff of have an article titled “Hurricane Katrina” where this information is located.

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Six Flags New Orleans has been used as a set for several movies despite the dangers that lurk around every corner. Since the flooding from Hurricane Katrina several animals, such as alligators, snakes, and armadillos, have started to call this amusement park home after a swamp formed on the grounds. The movie called Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters took advantage of the abandoned park to create a modern day scene that the audience could relate to, but this transition did not come easy for the filmmakers. Mike Scott, a journalist for The Times-Picayune, wrote an article called, “Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans Site Comes Alive for ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Shoot.” In Scott’s article, he discussed the number of alligators that had to be removed for the shooting of this film. Scott also stated, “Snakes are also an occupational hazard, with a moccasin bite sending a crew member to a nearby hospital on the shoot’s second day, according to director Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”).” If this location is a danger to people who took the steps to make the land safer, what could happen to the surrounding neighborhoods? By reviving this theme park, we could take that danger away by bringing traffic back to the area.

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For the people of New Orleans, the worn-down theme park symbolizes the pain they went through during 2005. The remaining rides, that are currently deteriorating from years of being untouched, are frozen in time. The sign at the entrance of Six Flags still reads, “Closed for Storm.” A storm that occurred almost 12 years ago still has debris littered across the city of New Orleans and this theme park is part of that. Lonnie Nadler, writer for the Huffington Post, quoted the founder of Proper People, “In the case of Six Flags New Orleans, it brings back memories of all the suffering of the citizens in the area had gone through. Many lost their homes and possessions while some even lost their life. The park sits as a constant reminder of the storm.” We need to make this right for the people of New Orleans and revive this park, turn a painful reminder into a happy future.

On top of providing a happy future for the community of New Orleans, the potential for bringing more tourists to the area would be even greater if we reopened the theme park. New Orleans is already a prime vacation spot and by adding a theme park, more families would be attracted to this city. New Orleans is a historical town where jazz music originated, which is why the majority of tourists come to visit. J. Mark Souther states in “Making the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’: Tourism and Musical Heritage Marketing in New Orleans,” “The influence of tourism both set jazz apart from its cultural moorings and induced a renewed grassroots interest, eventually creating a sustainable cultural resource that enriched the community and fueled further tourism development.” If revamping the way historical music is being heard in New Orleans brings in more tourism, the same should happen if we give Six Flags New Orleans another chance. Families all over would come to learn more about the history of New Orleans especially if there was a place that children would look forward to visiting.

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Write a journal entry from the POV of your place or object.

Over ten years ago, I was abandoned. I enjoyed my life of making little children and families happy, but that all came crashing down in August of 2005. Just like normal, I closed for the week. Little did I know that I would never actually open again. I would be left to drown under water for weeks after I was hurt by heavy winds and drenched in torrential rain. My body began aching as the salt water eroded my bones and my mind began to long for the sound of laughter again. Every day, I see the mess lying around me and weeds peaking through the concrete. I have new friends that crawl up my body and friends that swim in the water that surrounds me. There are no people here because I am just a reminder of what all they lost during that horrific storm. People don’t know that I am hurting too.

Celebrity is willing to fund your improvement or project. They one want one paragraph from you explaining why they should pick you.

Six Flags New Orleans’ current state is a reminder of all the lives lost during Hurricane Katrina. When the amusement park was open, it gave families in the area something positive to do and also brought more tourism to New Orleans. I want to revive this theme park because I want to give the community something to look forward to and to take away the painful memory they drive past every day. If you help me with this cause, you will be able to brighten the locals’ future and even provide them with new job opportunities as they still work to rebuild their own lives.

Blog 15.5

Class Example:

Topic: windows and privacy

Research Question: Why do we have so many windows if we like privacy?

Hypothesis/Thesis: Windows are a symbol of wealth in today’s society.

My topic:

Topic: Abandoned Theme Park in New Orleans

Research Question: How can we rebuild Six Flags New Orleans?

Hypothesis/Thesis: Theme parks symbolize happiness.

Blog 15

Salamat Ullah Bhuiyan, S, and Shanta Banik. “Amusement Marketing: A Few Dimensions of Amusement Parks.” International Journal of Business Insights & Transformation, vol. 7, no. 1, 1 Oct. 2013, pp. 36–41. EBSCOhost, Accessed 20 Mar. 2017.

This article explains how amusement parks can be marketed. It covers the things an amusement park should provide to visitors and what makes a park successful. This article provides tips on how to build a successful amusement park. It also lists success factors while explaining how to incorporate each one into the park. This article does not give examples of amusement parks, which would allow the reader to visualize the topics. I plan to connect this to my project by taking a few examples and using it to propose a way to rebuild the Six Flags New Orleans. (This is a scholarly journal.)

Fristcher, Lisa. “Abandoned: The Heartbreaking True Story of Six Flags New Orleans.” Theme Park Tourist, 24 Apr. 2015, Accessed 6 Mar. 2017.

This article discusses the abandonment of Six Flags New Orleans. This article also discussed the history of other structures in the area while providing pictures. This article gives a great history of what was on the land leading up to Six Flags purchasing it. I plan to connect this to my project by using some of the information to provide a better understanding of the area and the amusement park.

Nadler, Lonnie. “We Visit The Abandoned Six Flags In New Orleans.” The Huffington Post,, 28 June 2016, Accessed 6 Mar. 2017.

This article discusses talks about the effects Hurricane Katrina had on the amusement park. It talks about how the painful memories still remain due to abandoned structures like Six Flags New Orleans. The journalists who wrote this piece does a great job quoting people on how this abandoned structure can negatively impact the community. I plan to connect this to my project by showcasing the impact this has on the community. (News piece)

Cunningham, Jade. “Future of Former Six Flags Site Still Unclear.” WWL, 16 Mar. 2017, Accessed 25 Mar. 2017.

This article discusses the delay the city is putting on selling the property. It is a very recent article that isn’t two weeks old. It gives the locals opinion on how positive the amusement park was to the community when it was open. I plan on connecting this to my project by using the locals’  quotes on how the park gave the children something to do. (local news)

Souther, J. Mark. “Making the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’: Tourism and Musical Heritage Marketing in New Orleans.” Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, vol. 44, 2003, pp. 39–73. JSTOR, Accessed 25 Mar. 2017.
This journal gives the history of New Orleans and how it came to be. This article will give background on the tourism and culture in New Orleans. I plan to connect this to my project by using the heritage of the community as a reason why the amusement park should be revived.
Van Oest, Rutger D, et al. “Return on Roller Coasters: A Model to Guide Investments in Theme Park Attractions.” Marketing Science, vol. 29, 1 July 2010, pp. 721–737. Business Source Premier, Accessed 25 Mar. 2017.
This article is about giving information on investing in amusement parks. This article will allow me to have a better understanding on what it takes to purchase and build a theme park. I plan to connect this to my project by being able to understand the budgeting aspect of owning a theme park.

Raluca, Dridea Catrinel, and Strutzen Gina. “Theme Park – The Main Concept of Tourism Industry Development .” Annals of the University of Oradea, Economic Science Series, vol. 17, no. 2, June 2008, pp. 641–646. EBSCOhost, Accessed 1 Apr. 2017.

This article describes the concepts of theme park tourism. It gives great definitions of what a theme park is and the tourism surrounding them. I plan to connect this to my project by using definitions in my definition paragraph.

“Jazzland Theme Park.” Jazzland, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
This is a website that involves people wanting to bring Jazzland back to the New Orleans area. This website has many different updates about what is going on with the abandoned theme park. I plan to connect this to my project by highlighting how the public would like to revive the theme park in their area.
Christopher, Matthew. “Playtime’s Over: Six Flag’s New Orleans.” Abandoned America, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
This is from a website that explores abandoned areas in America. This article lists the different movies that have been filmed at Six Flags New Orleans. I plan to connect this to my project by relating the abandoned theme park to its pop culture connections.
Schmaltz, Trey. “Teenagers Jumped at Abandoned Six Flags.” WBRZ, 1 Feb. 2016, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017.
This is a local news station in Baton Rouge, LA. This particular piece discusses two teenagers being robbed while exploring the abandoned theme park. I plan to connect this to my project by highlighting the crimes that are being committed because this place has been abandoned for over 10 years. (Local News)