Celebration, Florida is a cookie-cutter utopian dream that people refused to trust.
Being from Florida, I have definitely heard of the town of Celebration. Planned and executed by Disney, the city technically isn’t even a town; it is referred to as a census-designated place, or unincorporated community. 8,000 people live there today on 11 miles of land, but to most it is an example of a failed ‘planned community’ with utopian ideals.
To look at Celebration, you would think everything is perfect, because it was designed that way. It was built to combat the imminent sprawl that keeps happening in Central Florida. The town was supposed to hearken back to the old days where there was a center of town, surrounded by shops, surrounded by suburbs. The town was designed that way, but people had a problem with the cookie-cutter architecture, and the way the ‘Celebration’ name was printed on everything from buildings to manhole covers.
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If you have ever seen The Stepford Wives or Pleasantville, you understand why people didn’t trust the people behind the community. I grew up in Panama City, which is next to Celebration, Florida’s sister city of Seaside. Both communities make you feel like you are on a movie set with their perfection, but that is the real problem, I suppose. When it comes to people, we often mistrust those that try and present themselves as perfect.
Apparently it’s no different in the world of community planning– especially in Celebration, Florida.
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