So, I was in Florida for a week and decided to visit Celebration while we were in the Orlando area. It's basically an entire New Urbanist town created by Disney. I know, that's a bit scary, but we drove over to see what the fuss was about.
I have to say, while there were things I liked about it (cool homes, alleys, awesome town square, very walkable), it was also quite terrifying. It didn't seem real at all... it was the most squeaky-clean place I've ever experienced. It looked like something straight out of "The Truman Show" or "Pleasantville". It was quite obvious that only the wealthy could live there (I didn't see anything for even middle-class folks). Also, there are these little "weather machines" downtown. Yes, "weather machines". They spit out leaves during the fall and fake snow during the winter
I appreciate the effort, but if this is what New Urbanism is about, then I want no part of it.