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Sam Gennawey

Sam Gennawey is an author, award-winning urban planner, and public speaker. He lives in Los Angeles California. gennawey@yahoo.com.

The cautionary tale of San Diego’s Horton Plaza and what it says about the retail landscape

San Diego's Horton Plaza once attracted over 25 million people, a "city" in which a visitor could...

Bill Nye the Science Guy and his Upside-Down Pyramid of Design

I am a big fan of Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy, above left) and recently had an opportunity to...

Disneyland and Universal Studios: genres or single IPs, forest or trees?

Disneyland and Universal Studios are both hugely successful theme parks. However, is Disney's Star...

How Harrison “Buzz” Price invented the Universal Studios Tour

I have written about Harrison "Buzz" Price before. He was best known as the man who found the...

The future of Walt Disney World: wise heads and a 1985 masterplan

In March 1985, Michael Eisner had not been in charge of Walt Disney Productions for very long when...

A great big, beautiful tomorrow? Malls, MAPIC and the retailtainment revolution

Cannes' annual MAPIC conference is primarily focused on the retail property market. However, recent...

Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con panel considers Future Fandom Immersion

I live in Downtown Los Angeles. And for the past few years I have enjoyed walking by the convention...

Quality, variety and surprise. How Walt Disney created a very real fantasy

What happens to our brain when we enter a well-designed theme park? What is the difference with...

The wisdom of (Disney personality) Harrison “Buzz” Price and his little carts

One of my favorite Disney personalities is a guy who never worked at The Walt Disney Company or Walt...

Urban planner and theme park historian Sam Gennawey: an introduction

Hello and welcome to my world. I am Sam Gennawey, an urban planner by training, a passionate...