Canal Side: A Third Way Emerges

25 May

As we already know, vocal local preservationist leaders have been tripping over themselves to denounce the Canal Side project. It’s an abominable crime to site a “big box” store on the most sacred plot of land on God’s green Earth.

Remember what happened to the Freelings?

We also know that Canal Side’s sacred triangle once housed brothels and saloons where much debauchery and crime took place in the grimy streets of this port city. Not for nothing Canal Street was called the “wickedest street in the world.”

Let us, therefore, raise a glass to historical accuracy. If we can’t agree on what should be done with Canal Side, I think we ought to take a cue from the people of Chatham, England.

Welcome to Dickens World, a theme park with a difference. If you thought theme parks were all about thrilling roller coaster rides, wolfing down hotdogs and cotton candy, and shaking hands with overgrown mice and goofy dogs, you’re in for a rude awakening. Dickens World recreates the filth, squalor, and even the unpleasant whiffs of Victorian London, the city in which Charles Dickens lived and breathed, and wrote so memorably about in “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Great Expectations,” and “Oliver Twist.” It’s less a theme park, and more a “grime park.”

If Disney World is the “Happiest Place on Earth”, the Canal District could become a reasonable facsimile of the “Wickedest Street in the World”.

3 Responses to “Canal Side: A Third Way Emerges”

  1. STEEL May 25, 2007 at 9:45 am #

    Interestingly enough Disney’s Pirates of the Carabbean ride is filled with debauchery (at least back in the day when i was there). The pirates fight and drink and chase women through the port town. No foul stenches though.

  2. peter scott May 25, 2007 at 1:35 pm #

    there’s no doubt people would come to see it…

  3. Mike in WNY May 28, 2007 at 4:31 pm #

    First, the world’s oldest profession needs to be decriminalized.

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