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  1. Same, one major fault of Orlando is its trouble in attracting companies that can create higher-paying jobs here, and getting stuck with just creating more low-wage and part-time jobs tied to the tourism and service industries.
  2. Looks like the editors of that article got sloppy. From my understaning, the Sunrail airport connector is supposed to be a direct line heading out from Sand Lake and then split off onto a spur line heading towards the airport. The light rail (if it happens) is supposed to be an entirely different entity. That quote from the article is just written in a confusing manner.
  3. If anything, I hope at least the UCF buildings planned for Creative Village are going to be interesting designs, not sure what they would look like at this point aside from some conceptual renderings I saw, also the original building can use a facelift. Last time I was in Miami was a year ago, and I did check out the Design District, wonderful place with unique buildings and many high-end stores but not a whole lot of pedestrian activity going on there, with some exceptions such as the areas immediately around the design/architecture high school there and the apartment buildings to the south. The Design District is separated by an elevated highway and some unwelcoming, wide roads, a context that's kind of similar to what we have in Orlando with Creative Village. One the comments in the Miami Design District articles mentions it being a "ghost town" so it seems that things haven't changed that much in that regard. That's actually my biggest worry for Creative Village, if it's going to attract people or not. That being said, while I do not like the generic apartments being planned for Creative Village, I can deal with it as long as they create a good streetscape, generate pedestrian activity, and that the UCF buildings really stand out architecturally.
  4. It's a conspiracy!
  5. Florida in general is dominating the Forbes list. It's great to hear that we're still near the top, but I hope this growth translates to vertical development in and near the downtowns of each city as opposed to sprawl. I agree that it's most likely a surge of retirees, this somewhat alleviates my concern about more congestion on our roads and highways; SunRail Phase II, SunRail airport connector, I-4 Ultimate, Wekiva Parkway, and various other transit and highway projects can't come soon enough.
  6. There can never be enough 7-Elevens, Orlando is bent on having one in every corner.
  7. The temple is staying put as far as I know, unless something's changed in the past couple of months. It will awkwardly sit between the stadium and the fan zone until they give in and sell the property.
  8. I'm not entirely sure, maybe that it can move and position itself in a way to best capture energy from the sun? But then again if it were self-propelling it would use up energy and negate some of the gains made. The article makes no mention if it will move, or will be anchored, so I wouldn't know. Roof applications would make good use of roofs, though it'd also be nice to see solar panel arrays installed over large parking lots, as they could double as shade.
  9. You would think a pet store would try to locate themselves in South Eola or Thornton Park, or near the Constitution Green dog park, where I imagine a lot of the people in the apartments and condos have dogs. But I supposed they wanted the Colonial/Orange lot for high visibility. It is very likely that they will use the same building. If they demo and build something, then I'll be very optimistic to hope that it is at least a 2-story building built up to the street edge (preferably Orange) with no parking, or at least push the parking to the back. I was actually hoping that Craig Ustler would have bought that corner lot and completed his hotel.
  10. If Orlando tries what Las Vegas has done, I'd imagine they'd want to do it on International Drive or something, it's the closest thing we have to the Vegas strip.
  11. The flag ought to be simply the 7-11 logo. Just kidding, but yeah whatever comes out of this is probably not going to be good, we may succeed in having a flag uglier than Tampa's.
  12. Nice! In addition to removing the single car lane on Magnolia, I'd also close both stretches of Court Avenue and Wall Street behind the library. Essentially the block between Orange, Rosalind, Washington, and Central become car-free and the "cultural core" of Orlando. I'd also add the bank building on Central and Court as "potential museum space" as well. As for the AT&T building, the oldest/original building within it can be saved and repurposed like what was done with MoMA PS1 in New York City. The rest of the AT&T building, the unsightly addition that constitutes the majority of the current building, can be torn down.
  13. It is on 441, I pointed that out in an earlier post. Is it in Orlando? That depends on your definition of what is and isn't Orlando. Legally it is, as the city's weird gerrymandered limits do wrap around 441 and only 441 for a while before encompassing some of the outer burbs. Otherwise, it's not really part of Orlando. Orlando's probably one of the most infamous examples out there when it comes to confusing city limits.
  14. That's actually one of the better bus stops along the 106 going up OBT, most of them are just the sign and nothing else from what I've seen driving by.
  15. Good news for both Corrine and International Drive, hope these plans translate to wider sidewalks (or sidewalks where there currently are none), bike lanes, and more street trees, get that complete streets thing going on. Bungalower might want to clean up the comment section on that article and probably on other recent articles as well, looks like they fell victim to a bunch of bot accounts that spammed it with shady links.