Second tragedy strikes Disney death town

Tamara Lush writes:
CELEBRATION, Fla. — The owner of a failed security business barricaded himself in his soon-to-be foreclosed home, shot at deputies and then killed himself in this well-groomed Central Florida town built by Disney. The 14-hour standoff came just days after the town's first-ever homicide, unsettling residents who moved to the community for its safety and small-town values even though authorities said the two were not connected.
Disney town sees death for 2nd time in a week [MSNBC]

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  1. Okay, my proposed MOW just became a miniseries.

    Episode 3: a cannibal cult found in the three-bedroom at the corner of Maple and Felicity?

  2. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Celebration, Fla; but the guys in market research said that it was time to move the series in a new direction, gritty reboots of established franchises are where it’s at right now…

  3. “The 14-hour standoff came just days after the town’s first-ever homicide, unsettling residents who moved to the community for its safety and small-town values even though authorities said the two were not connected.”

    Is that the two homicides that aren’t connected or the safety and small town values?

  4. Chumbawamba wrote a song about Celebration in 2000. “Social engineering / It gives you that fuzzy feeling / Down in Celebration, Florida.”

    1. I get the anti-corporate hate because it was a Disney development. But is the town any less a good example of Traditional Neighborhood Design work? Ideally, New Urbanist values mean smart growth and less cars.

      Celebration’s credibility suffers because of the Disney association and, admittedly, that New Urbanism should be applied to an region and that to get anywhere outside of Celebration you need to be on a freeway.

      Still despite its flaws, its a pretty good concept. I get the idea that people have always wanted this place to fail and I think that’s a shame.

      1. It’s not just the Disney label. The social engineering that went into who was to live in the town is a good reason to be snarky about Celebration.

      2. I commented in the previous thread about Celebration here, but as a city planner myself I admire some of what the New Urbanists are doing. But Celebration is pretty much a textbook example of the worst of what’s wrong with NU as it has been practiced. It’s a phony urbanism that’s more aptly called “New Suburbanism,” substituting large-scale development designed to look organic rather than any kind of real organic development. It’s still a bedroom community on the outskirts of the Orlando metro area, albeit with a New Urbanist facelift, not any kind of real town built around some kind of employment generator.

  5. This is a strange story, but the capper for me is:

    “Giovanditto lived alone with his Chihuahua and was killed over the long Thanksgiving weekend, authorities said.”

    Hopefully they have the little perro in custody and are grilling him mercilessly by dangling biscuits just out of reach.

  6. I’m actually surprised that ‘authorities’ would take the time to point out that safety and small town values are not connected.

  7. The 14-hour standoff came just days after the town’s first-ever homicide, unsettling residents who moved to the community for its safety and small-town values even though authorities said the two were not connected.

    I knew safety and small-town values weren’t connected!

  8. the weird thing is everyone seems to think he was better off dead. one of the more honest and depressing articles i’ve ever read

  9. Advertising placement fail: on a story about someone who committed suicide while facing foreclosure (and having dissolved his small company), MSNBC has a Bank of America ad about how they’re lending money to consumers and businesses “[b]ecause lending and investing are key to fueling our economy.”

  10. “…moved to the community for its safety and small-town values even though authorities said the two were not connected.”

    Did you mean to imply that safety and small-town values are not connected? :)

  11. I read that as being “safety and small- town values are not connected” gonna guess that it actually means that the incidents aren’t connected. This is where good grammar comes in, kids.

  12. This first thing that came to mind were J. G. Ballard’s urban-decay novels, esp. Super-Cannes. Bonus marks for the Florida setting.

  13. Not that there’s anything wrong with creating a community with the highest of values in mind (I actually love the idea of a pretty little city where people live where they shop/work and can walk everywhere; it’s very counter-suburbia)…

    But fact is, as long as you have human beings, you have some potential for despair and violence.

    Okay. There’s also the chance that Bing Crosby on a loop did it.

  14. Ironically, “small town values” are one of the reasons people who live in small towns want to get out of them.

  15. My best friend from high school, initials TL, his father was part of the original design team of Celebration nee de-Cerebration. It was creepy then, it’s creepy now. It had and has obvious Christian religious overtones, I recall there is a big cross stationed somewhere inside. The elder lived there for awhile. We visited once in the 90s, and when I left I didn’t want to go back. I didn’t. As an Orlando native and fifth-generation Floridian, I can say with some authority that there’s something wrong with the place, fundamentally. The first megachurch was there, Benny Hinn is there now. A feeling of deep unsatisfactoriness permeates Central Florida. South Florida from Palm Beach county on down is fine, great even, and Tallahassee is a good place. Much of the rest should be returned to the animals. They do a better job with it. It will all be ocean floor soon enough, and the shadows of fish will cover the streets.

  16. It’s getting more dangerous by the minute with all of this happening just a couple of years after a gang of astronomers killed Pluto.

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