Can World Domination be Far Behind?

After reading about the $7 million dollars that the Orange County Transportation Authority is going to plunk down for a feasiblility study for high-speed rail between Anaheim and Los Angeles, it is clear that the city of Anaheim stands to gain the most from the installation of the rail.

All this coincides with Anaheim’s ambitions to become the “downtown” of Orange County, as they have very clearly stated in city literature, as well as supporting the plans with the Platinum Triangle and the OC Transportation Hub. Of course, already having the Pond, Angel Stadium, the Convention Center and that little thing called Disneyland doesn’t hurt either.

I wonder what residents of other cities, such as Santa Ana or Irvine think about Anaheim’s aspirations.

Or is it already a foregone conclusion?

3 Comments so far

  1. Mike Randall (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 12:20 pm

    Curt Pringle sits on the board for OCTA. Anaheim’s ARTIC would be a failure if the high-speed rail line bypassed Anaheim for another city.

    But Santa Ana has already changed their slogan to “Downtown Orange County.” They do have the County Seat, but I do agree with you about Anaheim. Anaheim has Disneyland, the Pond, Angel Stadium, and now the platinum triangle. When Anaheim gets an NFL Team it’ll almost be a sure bet that Anaheim will be the downtown OC. Now just to get that crazy Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to drop Los Angeles.

    LA might make the MLB playoffs, but it sure not going to be the Angels.


  2. Travis (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    What could be more “Orange County” than an ego-fueled, “keep-up-with-the-joneses”-style battle between cities for the title of Downtown OC?

    Each city should keep borrowing and out-spending each other until the credit card is maxed out. That’s the only way to truly represent OC.


  3. LipLash (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 5:31 am

    This is all quite ironic considering that Anaheim doesn’t have a proper “downtown” itself. I suppose they creating the image of being metropolitan is what it’s all about. However, when you try to create a downtown based on entertainment venues, you may be left empty handed.

    Need I go into further detail about the unmitigated disaster surrounding the failure of “Buena Park Downtown”? It’s one city’s multimillion dollar attempt to create a downtown from scratch and instead got the sound of crickets while the occasional tumble weed rolls by.



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