This past Friday was the one-year anniversary of Anacrime’s official designation of an ‘Enterprise Zone’ (AEZ), a nearly citywide effort under the auspices of the the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to implement and market a business-friendly city with tax breaks to corporations. This ruse was given the green light during the very same notorious gathering on January 24, 2012 where the contentious $158 million dollar GardenWalk Hotel Project subsidy was granted in violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, but little to no outcry greeted it after. The AEZ billed itself as an engine to stimulate growth and new jobs within its boundaries. So how is this favored tool of neoliberal urbanism (aka Gustavo’s much-maligned Brave New Urbanists) performing one year later?
Read more to find out on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post: