March 2007 “The Theme-Parking, Megachurching, Franchising, Exurbing, McMansioning of America: How Walt Disney Changed Everything” by T. D. Allman
Who is T. D. Allman? The essay was beautifully written…
70 million visitors a year. Wow.
Orlando: Exurban Sprawl
After Disney World opened in 1971, “Orlando” became the brand name for the sprawl that is central Florida. America’s population is decentralizing faster than at any time in history, and Orlando reflects the trend: In three decades the metropolitan area has grown fivefold in size. Growth is fastest at the city’s margin, where exurbs lure residents with larger houses, new big-box stores, and jobs in the suburbs rather than the city.