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Celebration - The Story of a Town

by Michael Lassell

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I love the idea of Celebration, and I was glad to peek inside the entire history, the architectural plans, and the activities of the residents. I didn't enjoy the author's sycophantic tone throughout, and I wish it had been more informative (how about an aerial map of the whole town?).

I think it's crazy that a corporation could create an entire town, but Disney did its research and followed all of those important New Urbanist precepts wonderfully. The town did strike me as fake occasionally, but remember what Kurt Anderson wrote in the New Yorker:

"Celebration’s “fakery”— its small scale, its density, its hidden garages, its pre-mall commercial core—is in the service of a coherent vision, as opposed to the accumulation of developers’ cost-efficient shortcuts and aesthetic bad habits that produce the random, sprawling, ghastly “real” suburbs of the late twentieth century."

Exactly. It's a step in the right direction, and how great that it has succeeded so far. ( )
  goodnightmoon | Dec 9, 2008 |
Pictorial essay of Disney's Town of Celebration ( )
  disneypope | May 21, 2006 |
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Celebration, Florida, is perhaps the most successful planned community in the country, having recently won a coveted Florida state civic award. What many people don't know is that Walt Disney's original concept for what later became Epcot® at Walt Disney World was exactly what Celebration is today-a thriving town where people live, work, go to school, attend to their health-care needs, shop, dine out, bank, and have myriad recreational opportunities. The richly illustrated Celebration: The Story of a Town explores the history of planned communities in America; the original concepts for Celebration complete with input from architects, social historians, and perhaps most important, local residents; and the ups and downs of this unique community as it establishes itself as one of Florida's most desired addresses.

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