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  1. Well, OMA is just playing the same game all the other bigger players are playing? Any publicity is good publicity it seems, and in the art world it's all about convincing. I think OMA will be fine after all of this.
  2. It's funny you mention this! I live in the Hunter's Creek area not far from Gatorland, and along most of the stretch of OBT there are quite a variety of ethnic eateries and markets (South American, Caribbean, South Asian, Southwest Asian, and many more). Although I would not consider that area touristy you get the 'adventurous' tourist especially a few Europeans and Irish at these restaurants and markets. You can barely get Central Florida residents to venture to different neighborhoods and to try different foods, yet here are these tourists from across the pond and beyond so willing and exciting to try all these different places and talk with the business owners and other patrons. Interesting observation I thought I would share, maybe these ads are why!
  3. Finally coming to Orlando and Florida! I went to one in Raleigh and Dallas and liked their healthier and middle eastern-inspired options! They have bought out Zoe's Kitchen so it is a matter of time before they expand into the market here. Definitely a big upgrade.
  4. A conventional center station definitely opens up transit oriented development revenue opportunities Brightline has in South Florida. I think it will work.
  5. Through the pandemic, we saw a lop-sided crowd. Mainly people not necessarily exercising caution, the rest just stayed home. I may be over generalizing, but it certainly was my experience the few times I ventured to the area in the last two years. I will say there has been improvement as society is slowly coming back to normal. Insomniac and TMG have transformed many spaces downtown for the better. I have attended some shows from both groups and WOW! These groups have deep pockets pulling in world-renowned figures in the electronic music scene. I noticed improvements in sound systems, service, etc between pre-covid to now, and these shows are not cheap either. There is plenty to work on though. I really do believe the City and OPD closing off the streets really encourages sloppy behavior. I'm all for slow streets/pedestrian only/Ciclovias etc, but maybe not so much for the collective rowdiness. I would rather see one lane closed with those metal crowd barriers on each side preventing the street from being closed and having officers crowd-controlling crosswalks instead until maybe a change in habits happens. Many bars and establishments have closed and continue to close though. So even though we think nothing is changing, it is still evolving and transitioning. *Side note- This may sound weird to some, but I believe closing by two and rushing everyone out at that time doesn't help. I really think it pushes a mentality of "I need to get as many drinks in as I can!" and all patrons are pushed out drunk in a very crowded street at the same time not knowing how to act. Having gone to other cities (domestic and international) that have bars closing around 4am-5am and beyond, people leave whenever they've had enough. The crowd peaks at around 2:30-3:30 and it tapers off after. It goes back to previous comments where Orlando feels bigger than it is, and it reflects in the behavior. People are expecting big city nightlife (even these prominent DJs performing in venues), within what feel like a college town bar crawl. Many patrons and performers I've seen want to stay out later or wait until they feel better to drive, but when the police is pushing everyone to leave bars and empty the streets it is creating a bit of chaos. I am curious to see what others think regarding this.
  6. The times article did a much better analysis on all the history and all the players. With what I am seeing on social media some of the reactions clearly show people, locally, only read the Orlando Weekly article. It has certainly been giving the museum press. Several articles I read have stated the museum's attendance has increased significantly (some claiming up to 500%). I will also side with experts for now, since so many have been involved along the long process. Unfortunately, the is revealing the dark side of the art world with high risk deals, greed, money, conspiracy theories, attention, lawsuits, etc. This will be a long "game" that will no doubt make OMA a center of attention.
  7. Haven't gone to check out the Sanford Riverfront for comparisons, but I will say downtown Kissimmee has transformed and continues to do so. A few things come to mind, even though there is plenty of room for improvement: The lakefront park expansion and how busy it gets all day and late into the evening, even consistently drawing residents from southernmost areas of Orange County Transit connectivity with Lynx routes, Greyhound, Amtrak all stopping within proximity to the Sunrail Station (if only there was more frequency/late service). More housing coming along (although it could still use way more). City and County Services, Library close by. The City has embraced both it's history and what it is today (the good and the not-so-good). Recognizing their limitations yet making improvements slowly but surely
  8. This is great news! It would have a similar effect to Edgewater Drive through College Park when the City took ownership of the road from FDOT.
  9. Exactly, perhaps to relieve some traffic from 50, and the nearby interchanges. This area has grown so much.
  10. And, unfortunately, prone to falling in high winds if the roots don't branch out into the infrastructure
  11. Wow! Significant. Taking the street parking and making a separated bike path would have been a much better alternative than to lose a nice street tree segment.
  12. I like it for the location. The added density will be very apparent passing by what was considered a no-man's land.
  13. I was specifically referring to racial and ethnic diversity from a census standpoint after reviewing census tracts with updated 2020 info throughout the area. I know it's not income diverse, and there is a lack of housing options. It's a new development priced at a higher level, it's going to lack income and housing options. My post wasn't to praise or criticize Lake Nona, just my observations after working and commuting there for a new job in the last 3 months. Do I believe it's all good? No Do I believe it's all bad? No I do think a mistake has been to refer to such a large geographic area as one name. It creates a lot of confusion.
  14. Although many of us do wish this was closer to the urban core, Lake Nona will certainly evolve into a prominent "edge city", which most large cities have. It will continue to help employment figures in Orlando and Central Florida with big name companies fueling diversification and growth of other economic sectors. The sheer size of raw land makes it seem like there is nothing. To a certain extent, it is still missing grocery, retail, restaurant and entertainment options. It is, however, much more diverse than your typical sterile suburb. It has experienced the same diversifying trends of the suburban Southern U.S. and has become a popular area for wealthier Hispanic and Latin-American families (there are many Puerto Rican restaurants and the nicest Bravo Supermarket I've ever seen lol). Numerous precincts are plurality Hispanic and at least 10% Asian, reflecting the diversity of Orlando's southern suburbs. I would compare the Lake Nona momentum similar to Doral outside of Miami, where many companies and offices relocated there to "start fresh". Another downside or challenge has been the significant growth that has funneled south into St. Cloud, west into Meadow Woods and Southchase and north towards Vista (the new Storey Park and Meridian developments). A lot of this can be attributed to the relatively higher cost of housing in Lake Nona proper. Time will tell where things go, but Lake Nona is here to stay and it will be a large source of revenue for the City of Orlando.
  15. In early 2020 there were plans in discussion with higher level planners in Orange County to transition into a form-based code countywide, similar to what has been done in Miami with Miami 21. I am sure there has been either a delay or pause, but that approach to zoning is very likely a thing to occur here in the future. Maybe once Orange County adopts form-based code the City or Orlando would follow with a similar model.
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