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  1. I4 - Beyond the Ultimate [Pre-construction]

    The other thing I believe I've heard, but not on that side of things, is building them to support a HSR in line with I-4 for the entire length, don't know if thats the reason on these... they apparently needs more height
  2. Yup, and if memory serves me right, the intention of the (new at the time) stations being built was to be temporary while I-95 was completely revamped, and the decision to make them permanent (and rebuild them to that nature) came after construction was being completed on 95 and ridership didn't disappear.
  3. Economic Development

    So would you take that fun away from people if it meant raising the average wage? And think back to when you worked there. How many people came from out of town to take these jobs? Do you think that would have some affect on the average wage issue in Orlando? I mean, literally where else in the country do we have people flocking to to take low wage jobs? When I was at UCF, I knew countless people driving an hour to and from work because they wanted to work their for minimum wage, instead of taking the dozens of available fast food jobs that were 2 minutes down the street. And your answer to my post did miss lots of individual questions and just went back to "the one metric I decided to focus on is bad so its terrible". Lets boil it down to one question: which do you think is better for Orlando? 3000 new jobs at Universal with 300 "high paying" jobs that will bring in even more tourists, or 30 new "high paying" jobs in a Lake Nona tech company, like what you mentioned earlier as a great thing?
  4. Economic Development

    The problem is what you are proposing is literally what he is making a joke of. I noticed you completely ignored my questions to you. I'll copy and paste it here to make it easy for you to reply: Lets say 10% of the new jobs Universal just announced are higher wage jobs, do you think creating 300 new high wage jobs, if it is tied to 2,700 low wage jobs is a bad thing? Do you think those 2,700 people, no, the 3,000 people are better off then without Universal creating those jobs? Do you think you posting about 30 high wage jobs being created is really better news then 2,700 low wage jobs and 300 high wage jobs being created, just because its possible the former pushes the average wage slightly up, and the later pushes the average wage slightly down while also pushing the unemployment rate down? Lets me also add: thousands of people per year literally move to Orlando to take Disney's near-minimum wage jobs. Obviously that is bad for your statistic you care deeply about, but do you think thats a good thing for Orlando or not? Do you really think those who specifically are coming to Orlando for our amazing low-wage jobs are wrong and should be denied the ability to do so? And given that we've had a lot of people migrate to Orlando specifically for our low wage jobs, do you really think its realistic to move them to high wage jobs outside of their desired field? You really need to get in touch with the reality of our tourism jobs. Don't rely on some articles where they're finding some individuals who are disappointed, but go to Disney, talk to some people, be friendly, find out if they like their job. Obviously they'd like to be paid more, but ya know, nearly everyone at every level would LIKE to be paid more. I have my "high wage" job but I promise you, I'd still like to be paid more (and do the same job). Plenty of people working at the theme parks also came from doing lots of other jobs that were much higher paying and prefer to be at the happiest place on earth all the time, which is thankfully right here in Orlando. I have friends who were cops, lawyers, and other higher paying professions, and wanted something low stress because they felt unhappy with their lives, and Disney/Universal provide that to them. You need to understand Orlando's low wage jobs are really not like any of the other low wage jobs in other locations, they're desirable, people want them, they migrate to the city of Orlando for them, etc... you clearly simply do not understand that, but until you do, you're really gong to be disappointed staring at that statistic forever that doesn't take into account the reality of what Orlando is..
  5. Studies have shown that the so called "Lexus Lanes" are used disproportionately by the lower and middle class, many have theorized because they're most at risk of getting fired for being a few minutes late to their job as a result of traffic, most higher end jobs don't care so much if you're 10-15 minutes late, especially on occasion. And when the question is paying an extra toll or the road or being late to work and losing their job, they're glad the Lexus Lanes are there. The other thing is the express lanes also generally speed up the general use lanes quite a bit. Express lanes with the variable toll pricing to make sure they remain in a flowing condition are able to carry many more vehicles per hour then any lanes that are heavily congested, and that means many less people will be trying to use those congested lanes, resulting in a higher average speed. I-95 in Miami showed it really was a win-win for everyone. Since they just converted the HOV lanes into express lanes, they didn't really increase the capacity of the roadway, but the average speed increased for both drastically vs before the express lanes were built. The difference in speed for those not paying the toll and paying it only averaged 9mph, so its not a huge difference. The express lanes really turned out to be a win for everyone.
  6. Economic Development

    Both the low unemployment rate in Orlando and the high growth rate of Orlando were mentioned, we aren't having any sort of problem differentiating employment numbers and growth rates. You just chose to focus on only one of them. There is no doubt a growth rate demonstrates something very different from an unemployment rate, or an average wage, or any other statistic. A growth rate is measuring improvement, but no doubt doesn't take into account the pre-existing conditions. But having a higher growth rate means you're improving faster then the others, which is an important metric. Your example, Bhutan, sounds like it is doing much, MUCH better then it was doing before, and things are finally starting to develop in that country. Maybe it was doing poorly before, but its doing better then it was before, thats a great thing for them. If they keep this up, they have a chance to catch up to other countries. Lets say 10% of the new jobs Universal just announced are higher wage jobs, do you think creating 300 new high wage jobs, if it is tied to 2,700 low wage jobs is a bad thing? Do you think those 2,700 people, no, the 3,000 people are better off then without Universal creating those jobs? Do you think you posting about 30 high wage jobs being created is really better news then 2,700 low wage jobs and 300 high wage jobs being created, just because its possible the former pushes the average wage slightly up, and the later pushes the average wage slightly down while also pushing the unemployment rate down? And when the demand suddenly, practically overnight, increases for hospitality workers, without a similar increase in supply, as is happening, what do you think happens to the average wage of those hospitality workers that you are so worried about? There is no doubt Disney will have to increase the wage of workers they're worried about losing, and Universal will have to offer a little more to try to attract good quality low wage workers. Yes, they'll still be low wage jobs, but it will lead to Orlando continuing to have among the highest cost-of-living adjusted pay of all metro areas (#3 according to IAmReal), and thats a great thing for those people.
  7. SunRail [Phase 1 Completed]

    I'm aware that was their reason, but considering now we're considering using tax dollars for a similar route, spending hundreds of millions, it would have made more sense to have the city/county/whatever increase their budget to cover any rental car losses then reject the free maglev train and throw out the money. Obviously the HSR money was tied to doing exactly that previous route, and if the HSR did happen, there is likely no way Brightline would be happening with the better route. The FEC bonds are being financed by non-taxpaying investors who are choosing to send their money that way, huge difference and far preferable to the alternative of forcing everyone to pay for it. The only benefit they are getting is they are tax exempt, still waaayy cheaper than anything else.
  8. SunRail [Phase 1 Completed]

    You definitely could view the democrats' rail proposals as different sweetheart deals for corporations. FDOT and Sunrail have been asking for local leadership to generally make the decisions and take over the operation of the trains. Buddy, for the most part, has got exactly what he wants on it. Politics is dirty, but Trump's been pretty clear he wants to spend a TON of money on infrastructure (even if they haven't done it yet, they're supposedly working on a big spending bill now), and has specifically said improving our rail system many, many times. Other Republicans are also pro-doing it. America as a whole isn't very good at doing the whole rail transit system. The HSR proposals have gone nowhere. California, which had full support at every level, is not opening anytime soon, also not with a very useful route, and just billions of dollars flushed down the toilet. The local private proposal, Brightline, even with battles in courts from NIMBYs and no government funding, is a better route, and isn't taking any taxpayer dollars. Look, I was upset when Rick Scott sent back the "Obama" HSR money as someone who wants good rail transit in the state, and I was vocal about that on here as well, I made it clear I thought it was a mistake; but seeing what they replaced it with (Brightline), that surely seems better to me. And even with all of its delays, based on what we're seeing on the other HSR system, Brightline will likely be operating in Orlando first. Connecting Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, and Miami, a larger metro area with more local transit so you can actually get to destinations without needing a car rental (or Ubering between every single location). I understand the politics in it, but thats on both sides, and neither side is very good at it, but the Republicans are getting it done more then before with their "public-private partnership" methodology. And I view our biggest recent loss was the airport shooting down the Orlando Maglev proposal. And keep in mind at the state level, that system also had the full support of FDOT, its the local level that failed to get us the transit system, Buddy should have been doing everything he could to make sure it was approved at the local level, but instead he was silent. I admittedly have no idea how the management of MCO is appointed, perhaps someone can shed some light on that, but thats moreso where the blame lies at the moment.
  9. Economic Development

    Thats what I'm trying to get him to understand. I was also offered by Disney a tech job that was not a "low paying" job (I did not take it, I had multiple higher offers from other employers who were closer to me in East Orlando at the time, but I still heavily considered it because of the benefits and love of everyone for the mouse in spite of it paying less, no idea if I should have or not, I didn't stick at the job I did take instead of Disney as I didn't find it enjoyable, especially after a couple years, found out government contract work drove me nuts and made me even more into a libertarian) And when places are having explosive growth, they generally are harder hit then places that have slower and steady growth. All the top growers were very hard hit, and when the bubble bursts, Orlando will have it worse than many others again, but the alternative is not to have the massive growth during the upswing. Ya know, tons of construction jobs can turn into none real fast when that bubble bursts, and all the people who moved here for all the opportunity suddenly can't find anything. At least, for the most part, Disney/Universal have been mostly steady jobs.
  10. Economic Development

    You should read my post again, more slowly and more carefully. Note the words high paying.
  11. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Did Universal put in a really clear exemption for themselves this time? lol
  12. Economic Development

    I'm curious, as one of the only anti-tourist persons in Orlando, do you think Universal new theme parks are going to make more or less than a dozen new high paying jobs?
  13. I4 - Beyond the Ultimate [Pre-construction]

    The 3.5 miles south of the ultimate project from Kirkman to 528 has been accelerated and 2021 is the is the target completion date, only about a half a year behind the rest of the ultimate project. This addition will allow the Grand National ramps that are already built to open really only has added one bridge/interchange, Sand Lake Rd on top of 528 itself, which I imagine is at least partially part of the current project there? Beyond that we are looking at a long time.
  14. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Universal has apparently settled its lawsuit for its south park, paving the way for construction to begin on the new theme park. We don't know yet if they acquired more land as part of the settlement, but it seems likely they did.
  15. Creative Village [Proposed]

    I've always liked curves in the road, more interesting site lines and opportunities for the buildings, and the most natural way to cause people to pay more attention to the road and get cars driving a more harmonious speed.