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Old 01-09-2018, 03:00 PM
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Originally Posted by Scottybouncer View Post
The best or maybe even only way sadly to make Merrillville good is if got a large business comeback. I mean a complete re-vision. Kinda what happened with Dean White at Holiday Star in the 70s. The way I interpret what I just wrote is a theme park, one much larger than Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. I also think if that happens Southlake Mall should get an expansion, making it the largest mall in terms of leasable land in the entire state of Indiana. As for a location for the theme park, just south of the mall on Mississippi St. has been for sale for some time. Now, there are problems with that though. The land currently is owned by 3 different people. I think the 3 own 350 or so acres each. The next thing that should go down is a complete redo of the town's storefronts. Make is look more like Orland Park or Oakbrook. The schools in Merrillville also could use some tender love and care. The only problem I see with this is that people from other towns would leave there towns making them ghetto places that aren't necessarily good places to live. But if Merrillville comes out with a large theme park, I think it should be run by Cedar Fair, who own Cedar Point and King's Island. If the park is anything like Cedar Point or better, Merrillville will become a must-visit for Chicagoland goers. If better than Cedar Point, it may even become the best park in the entire world.

As a theme park enthusiast, you sure describe an amazing idea that I've never considered for NWI. Cedar Fair is by far the correct company to run such a feat.


Where do you justify planting such an enormous parcel of development? Between Southlake and Deep River?

I suppose, that actually could make sense, but there's likely a ridiculous amount of infrastructure change that needs to happen to even consider that sort of thing.

Now you've made my mind start to spin with activity... thanks a lot! lol
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