Posted Thursday, December 7, 2006 8:59 AM | Contributed by Jeff
After more than a decade of false starts and neighborhood opposition, NBC Universal unveiled a $3 billion plan Wednesday for its 391-acre property that aims to boost tourism, create a new community of 2,900 apartments, condos and town homes and improve transportation. Designed as a blueprint for the next 25 years, the plan also calls for expanded studio production facilities, more office space, and a "refreshed" Universal CityWalk and its adjoining theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood.
"Room for the housing project, to be located on the back lot, would be created by moving some tour attractions, such as Colonial Street, European Street, the Bates Motel and "Psycho" house, and the "War of the Worlds" disaster scene."
That essentially cuts off a huge chunk of the studio tour route, shrinking the theme park to an even smaller size. And it puts the new housing development literally on the edge of the studio backlot. Is that wise to forever limit the borders of the theme park and to create noise pollution so close to production space?
I doubt that that U. Hollywood would ever increase in popularity now that they are intent on elminating all possiblities for significant expansion.
What really stuns me about the article is that they think USC will be great because people can live and work in the same area, so it's great urban planning. Our mayor even thinks this will help the housing crisis in Los Angeles. I would like to know how he thinks the average retail worker at Citywalk/Theme Park/USC (those great new service level jobs that will be created) will be able to actually afford to buy even a starter 600,000+ 1 bedroom condo?
But back on topic, it's just amazing to watch Universal screw up so incredibly. The only rational I can imagine is that they are only thinking about short term gains. It's not like they are handling IOA and USF very well either.
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