A city of the future on a large tract in rural Florida, with the world’s largest solar plant, a smart power grid, green technology, sustainable and mixed-use development, and efficient transportation? A magnet to cutting-edge industry, and a showplace for their new technologies? Disney’s dream of the future? Nope, it’s Babcock Ranch, Florida. Sure it’s still mostly a dream at this point, but the fact of the matter is that at least someone is doing the dreaming.
This is what Celebration should have been. This is why, as much as you hear people claim to the contrary, Walt’s dream for EPCOT wasn’t unachievable. This is why I get so angry at Eisner. Because there are things in this world that need to be done, and someone has to do them. We just have to start somewhere, and I wish that somewhere had been at Reedy Creek. Celebration, as it is, merely contributes to the problem instead of offering any solutions for the issues our cities face. And, as the company continues to slowly sell off parcels of the Florida property and to develop existing areas in a very ordinary way, it seems that if we want true inspiration in urban planning we’ll have to look elsewhere.