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Disney cleared a major hurdle to start developing a colossal expansion of its Disneyland theme parks on Tuesday night when the Anaheim city council unanimously gave final approval to rezoning much of the property.

Disney’s original resort in California, which comprises a shopping district, parking areas and two theme parks, is about 550 acres, which is less than 2% of the size of Walt Disney World in Florida.

However, with newly approved “multi-use” zoning, Disney can now expand its theme parks in Anaheim without acquiring any new land by building attractions where the company could previously only build hotels or parking lots. This paves the way for a multi-decade project to expand both of its theme parks there: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

“For nearly seven decades, Disneyland Resort has made a unique, irreplaceable impact on hundreds of millions of guests from around the world. How exciting to know our best days are still ahead – I can’t wait to show you what’s to come,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said in a statement Tuesday night.

The project, dubbed “DisneylandForward,” does not require any public funding. While no specific designs have been shared yet, Disney has released concept art for what the expansion could look like on the west side of the resort, in areas surrounding Disneyland Hotel and Pixar Place Hotel.

On Tuesday night, Disney passed a significant hurdle to begin creating a massive expansion of its Disneyland theme parks when the Anaheim city council overwhelmingly approved rezoning much of the property.

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Disney’s first resort in California, which includes a commercial district, parking lots, and two theme parks, covers approximately 550 acres, less than 2% of the size of Walt Disney World in Florida.

However, with newly authorized “multi-use” zoning, Disney may now expand its theme parks in Anaheim without acquiring new land by creating attractions where the company could previously only build hotels or parking lots. This sets the door for a multi-decade project to develop both of its theme parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

“For nearly seven decades, Disneyland Resort has had an unforgettable influence on hundreds of millions of visitors worldwide. “How exciting to know that our best days are still ahead – I can’t wait to show you what’s to come,” Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock said in a statement Tuesday night.

The project, known as “DisneylandForward,” does not require any public support. While no concrete designs have been revealed, Disney has produced concept images for the expansion on the west side of the resort, near the Disneyland Hotel and Pixar Place Hotel.

“This is decades overdue. This, in my opinion, is the most significant thing Disney has done since opening the gates in 1955,” said Dennis Speigel, owner and founder of International Theme Park Services, a global consultant for theme park developments.

Speigel, who is not involved in Disney’s plans, stated that this project could potentially increase Disneyland Resort’s annual visitor count from 25 million to 40 million over the next 20 years.

You’re going from a two-room house to a five-room house,” Speigel said, adding that the extra space will make visitors more comfortable and increase per capita spending by allowing them to stay longer and experience more attractions.

At a shareholders’ meeting in April, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that DisneylandForward’s potential new projects might include “the opportunity to embark on all-new Avatar adventures with a visit to the world of Pandora.”

The published concept art for a hypothetical Avatar land depicts a location similar to Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, but with tourists on boats in the center of an open lake, reminiscent of the franchise’s second feature, “The Way of Water.”

In a January video, Rachel Alde, Disney Experiences’ senior VP of global development, stated that a 1990s agreement with the city of Anaheim allowed Disney to build 6.8 million square feet of theme park space, but the company has only built 46% of that due to space and zoning restrictions.

“Imagine what we could do with this space.” Currently, there are only surface parking lots. What if we could become the first land-based on Wakanda from the Black Panther franchise? A Zootopia-themed land that builds on the work you saw before at Shanghai Disney Resort. The creation of Arendelle from Frozen is comparable to what you witnessed in our three worldwide parks. Or even the ability to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in a Coco-themed area that reflects the diverse community in Southern California.”

Don Ballard, an author and historian who wrote a book about the ancient Disneyland Hotel, believes the company’s original resort is “ever-evolving.” I mean, technology changes and people’s tastes shift.”

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Ballard cited Walt Disney’s famous quote: “Disneyland will never be completed.” It will continue to expand for as long as imagination exists in the world.

Todd James Pierce, a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor who published the book “Three Years in Wonderland” about the creation of Disneyland, stated that “When Walt was alive, almost every year there was a new attraction, if not multiple new attractions.” He took one hiatus around the World’s Fair since he was busy doing other things. This allows the Disneyland Resort to expand significantly. So if people are fans, there will be something fresh only a short time from now, every year, or every couple of years.

Pierce stated that their chosen concept art is noteworthy because “none of these things are standalone attractions. They’re all 8—to 12-acre themed areas centered on one or more [stories], such as a whole Frozen region.

Ballard and Pierce agree that, in addition to being inventive, the new idea will be useful in reducing overcrowding at the right resort.

Ballard, who proposed to his wife at Disneyland, quipped, “It was just me and 80,000 of my closest friends.” And I proposed to her in front of the castle, and four girls behind her said ‘yes.‘”

Pierce stated that opening new lands allows Disney to close existing attractions more easily for redevelopment because passengers can spread out and are not pressed into tight crowds.

Disney theme parks worldwide are known for creating an immersive environment in which visitors leave the “real” world for something fanciful. To do so, one must enter a “Disney bubble,” as fans refer to it, which shields one from the outer world.

However, this proposal will face challenges because some of the properties that could be renovated are separate from the main Disneyland Resort campus. Disney has revealed in concept art that a section of land on the east side, currently used as the Toy Story surface parking lot, may be converted into a mixed-use hotel, restaurant, and shopping complex akin to Disney Springs in Florida.

Pierce explained that getting from the big theme parks to this retail area entails crossing city streets lined with 7-Elevens and CVS drugstores.

The difficulty lies “not in doing what they do really well, which is build themed environments, but figuring out how to connect up this patchwork of property that they’ll now control,” Pierce stated. “Elevated walkways, a people mover system or a Skyliner system (the elevated gondolas), something like that…is probably going to be necessary, otherwise the vacation experience becomes fragmented.”

According to Anaheim’s chief communications officer, Mike Lyster, the DisneylandForward project includes authority for pedestrian bridges over city streets, but anything else would require separate city approval.

Another challenge is ensuring there is ample parking. Disney would be forced to create additional parking facilities elsewhere on the resort grounds by potentially developing theme park lands on top of existing parking lots. Disney has stated that it plans to create a new parking facility on the resort’s east side, including one to three pedestrian bridges and improved entrance accessibility for hotels and businesses along Harbor Boulevard.

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Tuesday’s rezoning approval will take effect in 30 days. Next, Disney and the city of Anaheim will attempt to finalize a development agreement that will last until 2064.

“This is a significant milestone for the city. “We’re looking at a unique opportunity not only for Anaheim but for the entire state of California,” said Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken.

Proposed agreements include Disney committing $1.9 billion to the project over the first ten years, $40 million to take over two city-owned streets, $45 million for transportation improvements, $8 million for city parks, and $30 million for affordable housing.

Speigel predicts the corporation would spend over $3 billion, exceeding its initial investment promise.

This expansion initiative follows the company’s previously stated $60 billion investment in its parks and cruises across the world over the next ten years.

According to Aitken, more than half of Anaheim’s general fund comes from tourism revenue. So, the initiative would improve the guest experience and result in significant investment in the city.

She also stated she has been one of the “fiercest critics” of resort area growth, fighting city subsidies and securing construction and hospitality union backing for the initiative.

“And I’m comfortable that the Disneyland team has answered a lot of those concerns.”

Aitken stated that the resulting idea is carefully thought out and a “win-win” for everyone.

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Boeing Whistleblower Died By Suicide, Police Investigation Reveals

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Boeing whistleblower John Barnett committed suicide, according to a police report released on Friday, bringing an investigation into the shocking death of a longtime employee who raised concerns about the airplane manufacturer’s safety and production standards – and who sued the company, alleging illegal retaliation against him.

Barnett, 62, was discovered dead in a vehicle on March 9 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Charleston, South Carolina. Officers were summoned to perform a welfare check on Barnett at a Holiday Inn after he failed to appear for a deposition in his complaint against Boeing, according to his lawyers and a police incident report.

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When responding officers arrived, they discovered Barnett deceased in the driver’s seat of a truck in the parking lot. He was clutching a firearm. The initial police report also stated a message in the truck.

However, in a statement released after his death, Barnett’s lawyers stated that his deposition was nearing completion and that he appeared to be in high spirits.

“We saw no sign that he would commit suicide. “No one can believe it,” his attorneys, Robert Turkewitz and Brian Knowles, stated in a statement on March 12. “The Charleston police need to investigate this fully and accurately and tell the public what they find out.”

The Charleston Police Department announced Friday that the Charleston County Coroner’s Office had decided that Barnett had committed suicide.

The inquiry revealed that Barnett was shot in the head at close range, with the firearm located in his right hand. A notebook was also discovered in the front seat of the car, indicating that “he was going through a period of serious personal distress,” according to a police press statement.

Police provided CNN with a photograph of a note left in the car, which had several nasty statements addressed at Boeing.

“As this investigation comes to a close, we should not forget it represents the loss of Mr. Barnett’s life,” police stated. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family during this difficult time and hope they continue to find the strength to persevere in absence.”

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Boeing did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In March, the firm expressed its sadness at Barnett’s death.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the business stated.

Barnett, a former quality manager who had worked at Boeing for decades, told the New York Times in 2019 that he had uncovered dangerous wiring clusters in Boeing’s manufacturing procedures that could have resulted in an aircraft’s catastrophic failure if severed by surrounding metal slivers.

“As a quality manager at Boeing, you’re the last line of defense before a defect makes it out to the flying public,” Barnett told the New York Times. “And I haven’t seen a plane out of Charleston yet that I’d put my name on saying it’s safe and airworthy.”

In a message issued to the facility’s employees and sent to CNN at the time, Brad Zaback, a site leader at the plant and general manager of the 787 program, stated that the Times’ coverage “paints a skewed and inaccurate picture of the program and of our team (at the plant).”

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Zaback, who said the Times denied an invitation to tour the company, stated that “quality is the bedrock of who we are” and that the plant produces “the highest-quality airplanes.”

Since Barnett’s original public warnings about Boeing, the corporation has had multiple high-profile safety and quality issues, including the explosion of a door stopper on a 737 Max shortly after takeoff last January. This prompted the US Justice Department to announce that Boeing could face criminal charges for its history of safety issues.

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Bike Shops Boomed Early In The Pandemic. It’s Been A Bumpy Ride For Most Ever Since

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For the nation’s bicycle stores, the last several years have certainly felt like the business version of the Tour de France, with innumerable twists and turns testing their stamina.

Early in the pandemic, a surge in interest in cycling drove sales up 64% to $5.4 billion in 2020, according to Circana, the retail tracking firm. It wasn’t uncommon for some stores to sell 100 or more bikes in a few days.

The boom did not last. Due to pandemic-related supply chain challenges, the retailers sold out of bikes and struggled to replenish. Inventory has caught up, but fewer people require new bicycles. Bicycle manufacturers have started lowering prices to clear off excess inventory. It all adds up to a challenging climate for retailers, with a few bright areas such as dirt and e-bikes.

“The industry had a hard time keeping up with demand for a couple of years, but then demand slowed as the lockdowns ended, and a lot of inventory started showing up,” said Stephen Frothingham, editor-in-chief of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. “So now for the last, a year and a half, the industry has struggled with having too much inventory, at the supplier level, at the factory level, at the distributor level, at the retail level.”

Circana reports that bike sales will reach $4.1 billion in 2023, up 23% from 2019 but down 24% from 2020. The recovery from the epidemic has been uneven, with large businesses such as REI and Scheels recovering faster than independent bike shops, according to Matt Tucker, director of client development for Circana’s sports equipment business.

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John McDonell, owner of Market Street Cycles on San Francisco’s famed Market Street, says the pandemic’s shift to hybrid labor has been especially difficult for business. During the summer, 3,000 bikes would pass by his shop each day. With fewer individuals commuting to work, that number has dropped to less than 1,000.

According to Pacer.ai, which tracks people’s activities based on smartphone usage, San Francisco falls behind all other major cities regarding workers returning to work, with office visits down 49% from April 2019.

“Our downtown is still a wasteland,” McDonell explained.

Independent bike stores now compete not only with national chains but also with bike manufacturers such as Specialized and Trek. These companies have been buying bike shops and selling their bikes directly to customers, thus eliminating the middleman. According to Frothingham, there are now over 1,000 bike shops in the country that are either owned by Trek or Specialized.

“They’ve got the money to absorb the fact that bike stores, you know, are not a super profitable thing, and in the process, they’ve also been able to cut us out of it,” McDonell stated.

McDonell has been obliged to use a skeleton team of himself and another employee, down from five earlier. His desire to sell his shop to a younger bike enthusiast when he retires is diminishing. He might close his store when his lease expires in a few years.

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“Now I am just trying to land it with both engines on fire and trying not to lose money on my way out,” he stated

Douglas Emerson’s bike business, University Bicycles, in Boulder, Colorado, is doing better, thanks to its placement in one of the country’s most popular biking destinations. He’s owned the shop for 39 years and employs 30 people.

University Bicycles, like other bike retailers, experienced a surge in bike sales due to the pandemic. Emerson recalls selling 107 bicycles in 48 hours. However, immediately following the boom, sales fell considerably due to a lack of inventory, and rentals declined because no one was traveling.

“It became a struggle right after the boom,” Emerson explained. “Since then, manufacturers have overproduced.” In addition, they have significantly reduced prices, which benefits consumers. However, tiny retailers generally cannot take advantage of those discounts.”

Emerson claims the shop hit a “saturation point” when everyone who wanted a bike purchased one. He now sells these consumer items such as jackets, helmets, and locks. His store has returned to its 2019 sales figures.

University Bicycles has also benefited from some of the changes in purchasing trends. The continued strong demand for e-bikes and the increased need for children’s bikes have contributed. Gravel bikes, which can be ridden on both paved and dirt routes, are displacing road cycles as a top seller.

John Ruger, a 50-year biker and faithful University Bicycles client, hasn’t purchased a bike in ten years but intends to buy a gravel bike at present costs. He says a top gravel bike he’s interested in, which would normally cost $12,000 to $14,000, is presently on sale for $8,000.

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“The timing is good,” he remarked. “I can get a bike now because they’re less expensive and my bikes are getting old.”

Shawna Williams, the owner of Free Range Cycles in Seattle, Washington, did not see the same sales boom as others because her 700-square-foot business was so small that she only accepted customers by appointment from March 2020 to May 2021.

However, Williams did have to deal with the coming shortages. She spent a great deal of time “checking in with other shops to see if we could buy something, even at retail, from them, just in order to get a repair done or a build done.”

She expanded her service offerings, such as repairs and maintenance, to compensate for decreasing bike sales. Despite the epidemic, the maneuvering allowed her to maintain consistent overall sales.

“Bike sales, the way that I have kind of framed the shop, are an awesome bonus, but we really need to be sustaining the shop through repair and, like, thoughtful accessory sales,” Williams stated. “A bike sale to me, if we do things well, that means creating a customer for life.”

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OpenAI, Reddit Teaming In Deal That Will Bring Reddit’s Content To ChatGPT

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OpenAI and Reddit have partnered to deliver the social media platform’s content to ChatGPT.

Reddit’s share price increased by more than 10% before the market opened on Friday.

Reddit stated in a blog post that the partnership will grant OpenAI access to its data application programming interface, which provides real-time, structured, and unique content from the platform.

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Reddit users and moderators will also have access to new artificial intelligence-powered services, and OpenAI will be a Reddit advertising partner.

“Reddit has become one of the internet’s largest open archives of authentic, relevant, and always up-to-date human conversations about anything and everything,” co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman stated. “Including it in ChatGPT upholds our belief in a connected internet, helps people find more of what they’re looking for, and helps new audiences find community on Reddit.”

Reddit stated that the agreement is consistent with prior content arrangements and does not modify its data API or developer rules. These rules state that content obtained via Reddit’s data API cannot be utilized for commercial reasons without the platform’s approval.

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Reddit says API access remains free for non-commercial use under the published level.

“We are thrilled to partner with Reddit to enhance ChatGPT with uniquely timely and relevant information, as well as to explore the possibilities of enriching the Reddit experience with AI-powered features,” Brad Lightcap, OpenAI’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Reddit made its Wall Street debut in March, with investors driving the company’s worth to nearly $9 billion seconds after it started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Reddit has a sizable audience that visits the site regularly to debate a wide range of topics, from stupid memes to existential concerns, and receive suggestions from like-minded individuals.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman invested in Reddit early on, becoming one of the company’s largest owners.

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