Mud Princess,

Disney World's approach route is called Main Street USA, and goes with Caribbean pirates, African waterholes, the Wild West and other exotic and vanishing locales. It is a kind of sanitized version of the Main Streets that have almost entirely disappeared in the U.S. I don't think people appreciate the irony that for many, an "urban" experience is available only in a theme park.

“I got that same feeling walking down Main Street USA,” someone just said to me, having gotten back from a trip to Disney World this holiday, “and the next day at Epcot, it hits you. People DO actually pay $52 to experience urbanity!!! All Epcot is is a collection of urban environs from around the world!”

In the interest of staying in business, I wonder if these theme parks would change their themes if the urban experience were more generally available in this country. After all, they are in the business of providing experiences that are unusual.