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The Sunday Video: Chumbawamba on Celebration, Florida

This weeks Sunday Video features a song by Chumbawamba from a live performance in D├╝sseldorf on the 23rd of April, 2000. The song is about Celebration, a census-designated place and an unincorporated master-planned community in Osceola County, Florida. Located around 4 miles South of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Celebration was developed by The Walt Disney Company. In an attempt to fix the many problems which beset the development of communities in so far as town planning is concerned, Celebration was designed to maximize public areas and human interaction in addition to proving with strongly enforced guidelines relating to the town’s outward appearance (pristine low-density housing, regulated lawn length, house color, drapes etc etc) that utopia (conflicting definitions of perfection aside) is not only possible, but a functioning reality.

Today, despite Disney divesting the majority of its control due to a rise in population since founding the town, Celebration  serves as an archetype for suburban ideas and development. Even a road called World Drive connects Celebration directly to the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, thus allowing Celebration residents and guests to drive to Disney property without the inconvenience of busy thoroughfares. Totally American, man, totally.

“As of the 2000 census there were 2,736 people, 952 households, and 716 families residing in the community [of Celebration]… The racial makeup was 93.57% White, 1.72% Black or African American, 2.41% Asian, 1.02% from other races, 1.02% from two or more races and 0.26% Native American. 7.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.” – Wikipedia.

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.


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The Sunday Video: Chumbawamba on Celebration, Florida