So I was reading the latest column by Peter Bell on Mice Age (http://www.miceage.com/guest/gu061306a.htm), and I was amazed to hear the details of the placemaking project that has been underway at WDSP.
They're well on their way to getting 2 new E-tickets, a few other attractions, and a whole lot of re-theming to make their park more cohesive and enjoyable. So far, placemaking at DCA has resulted in one decent D-ticket ride and a new fountain. Whooptie-doo.
So I want to know: Why have the brakes been put on all placemaking ventures here in California, while Paris sees a placemaking renaissance? I understand from Al's articles that the new creative forces at WDI have brought placemaking to a tentative halt while the entire direction for DCA is being reconsidered, but I'm wondering why they didn't feel the need to do this with WDSP as well? Is it because DCA is more important due to its proximity to the original? Do they have something totally spectacular in mind for DCA that will involve billions of dollars and a fleet of bulldozers? Or is WDSP just so much worse than DCA that it needed a facelift that much more urgently?
I'm going to be mighty upset if we have to wait and wait for the serious improvements that DCA needs, and then be underwhelmed by them because they weren't anything more than a big (placemaking-style) band-aid fix.