A woman stood up during Public Comments and said this rather naive statement...
“Anaheim was here decades before Disney came around,” said one woman. “We are not a company town. If Disneyland truly intended to give back to the residents, they would have already done it.”
Who wants to tell her that she actually does live in a company town? And without Disneyland in 1955 those orange groves along Katella would have been turned into cheaply built tract housing and a couple of strip malls by 1960, just like the rest of north-central Orange County circa 1952-1962. Fast forward to 2023 without Disneyland, and central Anaheim would simply be Stanton with closer freeway access.
Here's Katella Avenue just 1 and a half miles east of the "Resort District". This is what Anaheim would be all over without Disney.
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But I chuckle at the thought of using that line in other company towns where one company employs tens of thousands of people in a small city or large town. Such as...
Dearborn, Michigan founded 1824. Henry Ford built his first factory there in 1917, Ford now employs 48,000 people there.
Everett, Washington founded 1893. Boeing built its first factory there in 1967, Boeing now employs 42,000 people there.
Anaheim, California founded 1857. Walt Disney built Disneyland there in 1955, Disneyland now employs 35,000 people.
But sure dear Anaheim lady citizen, you somehow don't live in a company town.
Yeah, her comments definitely felt out of touch.