Monday, July 20, 2009

Atlanta's 'Mini-America' museum, please hurry up

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 7:05 PM

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The AJC had an excellent story this weekend about skyscrapers proposed during Atlanta's boomtimes that were ultimately placed on the backburner because of the economic collapse. Essentially, the "city that was never built."

But there's another story, one the liberal media dare not report. It wasn't just the majestic skyscrapers along Peachtree that remain unbuilt. There's an entire mini-country that remains unbuilt.

In Nov. 2007, the Atlanta Development Authority and Metro Chamber officials traveled to Europe to meet with business leaders about potential economic development opportunities. While in the Netherlands, they visited Madurodam, a miniature replica "country" that's considered "all of Holland in one small city." Much unlike Atlanta, it has functioning railways and, according to the photo above, what appear to be walkable streets.

Officials, thinking something similar might boost Atlanta's tourism, said they'd scout potential locations in or around Atlanta and deliver details later.

But we never heard anything. And to be quite honest, the children are suffering, y'all. After the jump, the baffling story of Mini-America — and some details about the project.

First, meet Eric de Groot. The Dutch-born businessman is president of the Atlanta-based Holland America Chamber. In February, the Georgia General Assembly recognized him for the 25 years he's spent fostering business relations between the U.S. and his home country.

de Groot is very enthusiastic about this project. In a complete affront to democracy, he's already named himself president of this mini-country. He plans to update us, his minions, on the project's progress in a mini-State of the Union address that's yet to be scheduled.

In an email sent to the ADA on July 4, de Groot says Mini-America was set to launch a social media venture to raise awareness about the project. We're gonna skip those details and focus on the specifics about the park.

From his email:

As we celebrate America today on the Fourth of July, it gives me great pride to announce on this very day...The launch of Mini America!

What is Mini America?

Mini America is a miniature replica of The United States of America on a 1:24" (or smaller) scale.

In 2012 the Mini America Park will open its doors to the public. However, starting today (Independence Day 2009) you can join in building and shaping this most unusual state of the art theme park that incorporates Entertainment, Education and Energy.

Walk from New York to L.A. past hundreds of American landmarks, discover the beauty, opportunity and pride from sea to shining sea and explore the diversity of buildings, sites and culture that is uniquely America.

So in 2012, as long as the world doesn't end, Mini-America will open. And we all will have season passes.

If Atlanta's to serve as the museum's home, we should at least get some city landmarks included. And no, not the Big Chicken or Stone Mountain. Something more, oh, I don't know, real. In an email to CL, Christa at Pecanne Log says she thinks the project should include a replica of the Atlanta's most lawless thoroughfare:

I love model villages!!! they could build a tiny boulevard...tiny trashcans overflowing with taco bell bags...tiny memorials to the fallen with tiny filthy teddy bears stapled to tiny electrical poles...tiny Rascals scurrying across four lanes of traffic with their tiny oxygen tanks strapped to the back...

Let's hope they do, Christa. Personally, I'd like to see a tiny Cheshire Bridge Road, complete with hot-pink sinner shops, a la that wacky scene in Beetlejuice where the poltergeist played by Michael Keaton was drunk and lounging with harlots trapped in Purgatory.

The point man at ADA for the project is out, so we won't get any concrete answers until he returns. We're waiting on another ADA staffer to update us on the details. Until then, we encourage speculation and wondering aloud about this Mini-America, an ambitious endeavor on par with the Beltline, a bold new vision that will catapult Atlanta into greatness.

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