A Tale of Two Towns Tells a Lot about this Thing called New Urbanism

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This article shows how the planned community of Celebration in Florida created by the Disney Corporation illustrates the flaws in the theoretical precepts of the design philosophy of New Urbanism. The principal defect is not recognizing that a community's form and function is primarily shaped by its transportation system, which in the case of Celebration is the suburban highway and freeways of South Florida. The relative commercial success of Celebration shows a continuing American appetite for the fake, the ersatz, and the unreal.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2148/benv.29.3.227.54284

Publication date: September 1, 2003

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