Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 9:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A proposal to build housing near Disneyland has escalated into a battle of wills between the entertainment giant and key Anaheim officials, who once could be counted on to follow Disney's every lead. Although some Anaheim City Council members see the project as a way to add needed housing to Orange County's second-largest city, Disney says it would disrupt the tourist environment and street scene it has worked hard to create outside the gates to Disneyland and California Adventure.
Read more from The LA Times.
Then again, I'm not so sure there isn't a shortage of low income housing in OC...in spite of what certain TV show may have you think of the county.
A lot of those jobs Disney provides are low paying jobs. It is very difficult to get by on $7 an hour, and low income housing is very helpful to the people people who do. On the other hand Disney, understandably, doesn't want slums within view of their guests. This would be harmful to the "magic" of a Disney vacation.
"The project, developed by SunCal Cos., would replace about 300 mobile homes. Hundreds of apartments are also nearby..."
And the article references that the project would be for condos and apartments, and that easily would mean that no one who works for low wage employer Disneyland would be able to afford it. The apartments after all would be in a "resort" area, and prices would be inflated. The minimum for a 1 bed condo is 250K, and only mobile homes are less in Anaheim. The affordable housing crisis in socal will not be helped by buidling more quarter million and up condos. I'm surprised Disney wouldn't want the mobile home court demolished for what will likely be overpriced housing anyway.
My question is, when has a mobile home park ever added to the "tourist environment" surrounding a park? I know it sure hasn't had that effect on Geauga Lake ;)
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