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  1. A while back I wrote to the city about Pedestrian Safety at crosswalks after repeatedly witnessing and being involved with near-miss pedestrian collisions. I tried to convince the city traffic engineer to implement a pedestrian-only window at all crosswalks downtown where people could safely cross without vehicle interference. Their compromise was to introduce a 4 second Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI), but only at the intersection where I was nearly run over myself (at Washington & Rosalind Ave) and not all intersections that I advocated for. They claim LPI's have already been implemented downtown (few and far between from what I've seen), but IMO they should be implemented at ALL intersections or at the very least all major traffic intersections. Earlier this year, an elderly woman who was a volunteer at the downtown library was killed while crossing Central Blvd in the pedestrian crosswalk. I wrote to the Sentinel to ask them to try to put the screws to the City to ensure adequate remedial actions are taken, but to my knowledge nothing has been done there. At Central & Rosalind the power-struggle between pedestrians & vehicles to enter the crosswalk during the pedestrian signal is extremely dangerous. Same with Rosalind & Robinson, Robinson & Orange, Robinson & Summerlin, etc. The City wants us to Live, Work and Play downtown, but they aren't doing much to ensure the safety of added pedestrians lured downtown by brand new apartment projects. With the construction of Modera, Tremont and potentially Cambria Suites in the pipeline I think additional LPI's should be implemented before more pedestrians hit the streets. Better to be safe than sorry. What's the point of this topic? Well, I was wondering if there was anyone on UP with City contacts, a large audience, petition experience or even a diplomatic personality who would be willing to spearhead LPI implementation at all (or at least major) intersections in the downtown/CBD area. I would try to do this myself, but I really don't have patience in dealing with people over common sense issues, especially when trying to "convince" the City about something that should already be widely implemented. There's just no excuse for this negligence, the cost to alter existing signals is nominal and the impact is significant (LPI's reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions as much as 60% at treated intersections). Orlando is already known as one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians. LPI's really do work. The LPI at the Rosalind/Washington intersection now allows people to cross that intersection a little more safely especially in the dark at night (granted it's a measly 4 second head start to establish right of way in the crosswalk, but still). If you're curious about how LPI's work, I found some videos that explain their usefulness:
  2. Lucerne Promenade [Proposed]

    View from Kuhl Ave:
  3. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    Came across an interactive video of Toronto's Underpass Park: And Miami's Underline Park: I think our Under I4 park could potentially be a community asset. I see skateboarders & special events getting the most use out of a park like this. But cutting out the dog track would greatly reduce everyday pedestrian activity IMO.
  4. Some key points that I found interesting: Thomas Chatmon (head of DDB): Constitution Green will get a dog wash & lighting for 24/7 usage. The city will work with a property owner to put in an "interactive pocket park at the intersection of Orange & Robinson. It's going to have high caliber multimedia components to it... be very interactive." Magic Entertainment District will have a major hotel & convention center (to bolster 6-11pm pedestrian activity) Housing in Parramore to include mixed-income apartments. CRA will develop single family homes in Parramore Dominique Ryan (night manager): Safety: Nighttime economy committee (comprised of 28 groups which include bar owners, Condo/Management companies, OPD, city staff etc) "our relationship's right where it needs to be." Doug Metzger (City Planning/ARB): Under I-4 Project: The 9.5-acre urban park is expected to feature a soccer fields, basketball courts, crossfit facilities, ping pong tables, a splash pad, a playground, urban skate park, outdoor classroom spaces, indoor community rooms & staging for food trucks. (Per the OBJ, the dog track was removed from the original plan and replaced with "community rooms that people can rent out".)
  5. Irma

    Pretty much all the trees next to the VUE along Rosalind were cut down since they were badly damaged by Irma.
  6. Amazon HQ #2 To Orlando?

    On the flip side, I don't understand this dog and pony show Amazon is putting cities through. Based on what I've heard about Jeff Bezos, I'm pretty sure he already has a city in mind. So what is Amazon really looking for? I found a great column in the LA Times titled "Memo to civic leaders: Don't sell out your cities for Amazon's new headquarters" which highlighted my suspicions: 1) "We acknowledge a Project of this magnitude may require special incentive legislation ... for the state/province to achieve a competitive incentive proposal." -Amazon 2) " Amazon says it’s looking to build on a vacant location served by good transportation and educational infrastructure. But those things don’t normally preexist together in a pristine state. They either emerge organically and symbiotically, or they’re forced into existence. The first process takes time, and the second takes money, and lots of it. Yet Amazon doesn’t want to wait, and it doesn’t want to spend. Its RFP requires communities to submit their responses by Oct. 19, with construction to start in 2019. The company encourages states and localities to “think creatively” about real estate options, but cautions that these creative solutions can’t “negatively affect … our preferred timeline.” "
  7. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    Before Hurricane Irma, the City of Miami stated "Currently, there are 20 to 25 construction cranes in the City of Miami. These tower cranes are designed to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, not a Category 5 Hurricane. " I cannot imagine having 20-25 cranes in the City of Orlando all at once... I think the CV/UCF/Valencia campus would have a greater impact on downtown than the Magic Entertainment Complex.
  8. Irma

    So many choices...
  9. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    If I understand this correctly, I think this is happening because those trees were planted in compacted soil. The city also advocates root barriers so that the roots don't spread out and damage sidewalks, streets & underground utilities. I've noticed the planning board agendas now require structural soil to be used during tree planting (which would allow the roots to grow into the soil more freely under the sidewalks etc while providing a strong enough base for pavers, sidewalks, etc).
  10. Orlando Restaurants & Bars

    How was the ride quality of the new Lymmo? Years ago I convinced a friend to ride the Lymmo, but the combination of harsh turns and jarring bumps made the ride extremely uncomfortable. My friend ended up getting motion sickness so we had to get off early otherwise she was going to . I don't think we had any drinks in us either.
  11. Irma

    True. Street trees are encouraged by the City of Orlando, but it's still up to the homeowner to follow through. Winter Park appears to do a great job of maintaining their canopy trees, but I personally cannot speak for WP bc I don't have enough recollection to be aware of when a tree goes missing in that neighborhood. I'm not speaking out of my ass on this because I have a home in the LD area and I've seen some great trees either removed or felled by a storm only to be replaced with a ratty looking "crape myrtle" or nothing at all. Some homeowners without canopy trees have plenty of room to plant a street tree and yet they have not done so. My experiences may be anecdotal, so it would be interesting to hear from Andy or someone experienced with the big picture. Several years ago I inquired about removing a canopy tree due to safety concerns and the city pretty much prohibited me from doing it, but later relented with stipulations. If I recall correctly, the reason given for their forceful response is because the canopy trees in the neighborhood were not being replaced. In some situations the city will prohibit canopy trees where there are overhead utility lines (which is understandable), but that doesn't explain why some homeowners forgo understory trees and choose not to replace the oak tree with anything at all. I asked one neighbor about the reasoning for not replacing an oak tree with anything at all and it all came down to one word: upkeep.
  12. Irma

    Equivalent in species/genus - not necessarily equivalent in age... but sure, why not lol. I've noticed downed oak trees in the area are either 1) being replaced with crape myrtles, magnolias, tabebuias, etc or 2) not being replaced with a tree at all. This is happening regardless if the homeowner has the option to install a canopy tree. Savvy?
  13. Irma

    Another old oak tree lost. What's sad is that people usually can't or won't replace the trees with an equivalent, so we lose more & more of our canopy after each hurricane/storm. On the bright side, the city has been very prompt about clearing the fallen trees out of the public right of way.
  14. THE Orlando Photo Thread

    Great, that means no unnecessary delays. Looks like the crooked pillars are doing their job!
  15. Irma

    The Lake Eola fountain held up like a champ during the hurricane and even performed the regularly scheduled light show during the monsoon. Further downtown on Summerlin Ave in Lake Davis, some of the old oak trees crashed into homes, took out power lines and blocked Summerlin Ave: