Wednesday, August 18, 2010
One of the most interesting land use projects I've recently worked on was a law review article I wrote for the Florida State law review that focused on the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The District was the unique quasi-governmental entity that Disney established when creating its Disney World project in the Orlando area.
A key figure in Disney's decision to locate in Central Florida (and, for that matter, build Disneyland in Anaheim, California) was economist Buzz Price.
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview him several times as part of the law review article and the Project Future book that I published following the article. He was a wealth of information and one of the most interesting people I met in the entire process. He was still, 45 years later, extremely well-versed in the various land development issues that Disney encountered in creating Disney World.
It's fair to say that, without Buzz Price, Disney's theme park empire might never have grown to its size and scope today.
Mr. Price recently passed away...a real loss for the amusement industry and Americana in general.
You can read more about his fascinating life, here.
--Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.