Aerial view of Disneyland park in Anaheim, California.

Impact Study Released for Disneyland Expansion

The theme park giant is one step closer to adding new sections to its Anaheim empire.

September 18, 2023 - Mercury News

Disneyland, Main Street

"Imagineering" Versus Planning

The conference of the California chapter of the American Planning Association took place across the street from Disneyland this week. What Disney does for fictional landscapes, planners must do for real landscapes.

October 6, 2022 - California Planning & Development Report

A crowd of people cross the street with a sign for the entrance of Disneyland in the background

Disneyland Is Too Crowded. Is More Capacity Needed?

Disneyland has a plan to create more supply to meet contemporary demand, a strategy reminiscent of contemporary debates surrounding housing and transportation.

September 29, 2022 - James Brasuell

Banc of California Stadium

Sports Stadiums as a Battleground for Affordable Housing

Thanks to new enforcement powers, California's Department of Housing and Community Development can now cite cities for failing to meet affordable housing requirements in stadium redevelopment projects.

September 13, 2021 - CALmatters


Anaheim Tries a New Approach for 1,000 New Units of Workforce Housing

Many cities in California are too expensive for the firefighters, teachers, and nurses that provide essential professional services. Anaheim is hoping to leverage a new statewide program to put a significant dent in that housing challenge.

November 25, 2020 - Fox 11 Los Angeles

Disneyland, Main Street

What Will Disneyland Be Like When it Reopens?

According to a study, Disneyland could comfortably accommodate 50% of the 110-acre theme park’s pre-COVID-19 attendance capacity.

September 20, 2020 - The Orange County Register

Major League Baseball Stadium

Mothballed Rental Car Fleets Fill Stadium Parking Lots

A photo series showcases the disruptive effect the pandemic has had on the U.S. auto industry.

May 29, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

Union Station

Plan Would Shift High-Speed Rail Funds to Burbank-Anaheim Commuter Corridor

Improvements to the commuter rail connections between Los Angeles and Orange counties are among the possibilities for the future of rail planning in California as uncertainty about high-speed rail continues.

October 26, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Coal Power

Shuttering a Large Coal Plant: A Tale of Two States

Environmentalists in California are upset that Los Angeles will build a new 840-megawatt natural gas plant to replace a 1,800-megawatt coal plant. The coal plant has been crucial to the economic development of Millard County, Utah.

July 23, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Orange County to Remove 1,000 Homeless People From the Santa Ana River

Responding to local homeowners and politicians, Orange County will clear homeless encampments from a riverbed and stormwater channel under its control.

January 20, 2018 - KPCC

Newport Beach

Parking Permits Cause Tension in SoCal Neighborhoods

Renters and homeowners are competing for permit districts in some Southern California cities.

February 24, 2017 - KPCC

The Anaheim Streetcar Project Is Officially Off the Table

A new City Council has ushered in a new agenda for the city of Anaheim. Not on that agenda is a controversial proposal for a streetcar connecting Disneyland, the city's convention center, and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

December 24, 2016 - The Orange County Register


Anaheim—Home to Disneyland—Bans All Short-Term Rentals

Reports about the decision by the Anaheim City Council to ban all short-term rentals, through companies like Airbnb or VRBO, described it as a victory for homeowners.

July 12, 2016 - CBS Los Angeles

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Wants a $200 Million Tax Break for a New Hotel

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait says there is no legitimate reason to give Disney the tax break.

June 26, 2016 - Voice of Orange County

Historical I-5 Freeway

The Backbone of Orange County

In the 1950s, southern Orange County, California was a place of open hills, citrus groves, and scattered towns. The I-5 Freeway changed that, paving the way for today's subdivisions.

May 10, 2016 - KCET

Plans Advance for Orange County Streetcar

The $289 million streetcar would serve the cities of Santa Ana (population 329,00), county seat and second densest in California after San Francisco, and Garden Grove (population 170,000) on a 4.1-mile route. Service could begin 2020.

April 2, 2016 - Orange County Breeze

Anaheim, Home to Disneyland, Proving Popular for Short-Term Rentals

Anaheim is struggling to keep up with a glut of houses in residential neighborhoods being used as short-term rentals catering to Disneyland's crowds. The city is profiting, but neighborhoods, perhaps, are not.

November 16, 2015 - Los Angeles Times

$188 Million ARTIC Transit Hub Opens in Anaheim

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center opened earlier in December. Although planners expect 10,000 daily boardings at the hub, the big payoff will come if a high speed rail and a streetcar find their way to the station.

December 15, 2014 - Los Angeles Times

Anaheim Packing House

'Foodie Districts' and Downtown Revitalization

Anaheim's packing house signals a new trend with deep roots.

November 12, 2014 - John Woodhead

Disney Shuttle

Disney's Political Donations Increase as Anaheim Considers a Streetcar

Disney says its supports pro-business candidates for City Council in Anaheim, but some see a proposed streetcar as the connection behind an uptick in the company's local political support.

November 3, 2014 - Orange County Register

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