Interpreting Celebration, A Decade Later

Slate's architecture critic looks at Celebration -- Disney's controversial town -- as it celebrates it's 10-year anniversary.
February 10, 2005, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"What to make of Celebration? Like all American real-estate ventures since colonial days, it's a mixture of vision, business, and blarney. The design and planning are an order of magnitude better than what is usual in planned communities. If there is a trickle-down effect—and the financial success of Celebration has not gone unnoticed by commercial homebuilders—Celebration may push developers in the direction of denser, more varied, and better designed suburban communities, which will be a good thing. But Celebration is hardly the model for the future that Disney intended.

...The truth is that despite its best efforts, the populist Disney Co. has produced an elitist product. This attractively designed town may be cause for celebration, but it is no panacea."

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Published on Wednesday, February 9, 2005 in Slate
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