Disneyland wins against low-cost housing project

Posted Thursday, February 15, 2007 9:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A pitched battle between housing advocates and Disney officials turned into a political convention of sorts Tuesday. Although the council indicated last year that it supported the idea of bucking Disney and approving a large residential complex with low-cost units near the gates of Disneyland, that support dissolved into a 2-2 council split by evening's end — a tie that meant the housing plan was dead.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007 10:55 AM
Guess it's true- don't fight the Mouse. The people who could have called that development home would probably never be able to enter Disney's hallowed gates, therefore they're non-entities as far as D is concerned.

Can you tell I'm not a Disney fan? Sorry for the negativity, but this just stinks.*** This post was edited by ilovethewildone 2/15/2007 10:57:41 AM ***

Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:49 AM
I don't know... I'm kind of on the fence about this. I do see both sides to the argument. I don't think Disney is particularly evil for defending its interests.
Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:58 AM
I wouldn't be too suprised to see Disney buying that land from the developer now, who will now be inclined to sell since Disney can apparently block that kind of development, and evicting the mobile home court that's currently there. That way, they would control the land directly opposite their "3rd gate" and build up their hotel offerings.
Thursday, February 15, 2007 12:26 PM
My understanding is that this was supposed to be "low cost housing" i.e. projects. My experience (and this is just from driving around Chicago) that housing projects don't draw the nicest of people. Yes, there are great people who for one reason or another live there because its their only option, but it also draws a higher than average share of shadiness. The upkeep on such buildings is also usually minimal meaning the landlord does as little as he has to and visually, the buildings are often drab and defaced quite quickly.

I can understand why Disney doesn't want this right outside their gate. And I'm sure OC can find a better place to build if its really that important to them.


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