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    Metro Orlando Airport News

    It actually reminds me of the Taipei metro more than anything in Europe.
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    Creative Village [Proposed]

    The Dyers, Bronson’s, Smith’s, Kelly’s, Masons, etc of Kissimmee have tended to be (with some exceptions) a surprisingly (to some) progressive force in Osceola. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Buddy has been quite vocal about the southern expansion of SunRail into Osceola. Osceola owes much of the last 20 years to the influence these families have brought to the resurgence of Kissimmee - the fruits of this labor just now taking root. I agree with all your points on Parramore.
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    Creative Village [Proposed]

    And yet, Buddy was the Mayor who petitioned for a more urban arena and performing arts center during his tenure..I think the will is there. So many of those institutions you describe were built in the 80s-90s and quite frankly it wasn’t until Robert Davis introduced Seaside that new urbanism and eventually real urbanism became popular again. Show me a federal courthouse anywhere in the country that isn’t a black hole for urbanity. Even still, there is some organic development occurring in Parramore, albeit at a sluggish pace (for instance, Stonewall bar is a hit and even expanded recently). I’m certainly encouraged to see that CV is at least repairing the streetgrid and they are building actual vertical housing - this will necessitate the need for at least basic services in the vicinity, and since most college students aren’t spending their own money, the businesses usually come.
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    Metro Orlando Airport News

    For comparison's sake, here is a peak into the Brightline-owned Miami Central Station:
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    X Orlando | Three-tower Residential [Proposed]

    This is actually quite terrible. Is it Baker Barrios? Houston can have it.
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    Kissimmee | St. Cloud | Celebration

    Would that make Kissimmee’s Robin, Lake Nona’s older sibling Celebration? In terms of 2nd skyline, I don’t see how that would ever be possible in LN given that it is due south of a major landing strip at OIA.
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    Kissimmee | St. Cloud | Celebration

    Spenser is right - we are on the same side of this issue. All I suggest is that for Kissimmee to get out from under the economic grip of Orange County and perhaps even to a larger extend, Disney, it has had to think insular. Let’s not forget that it was Disney that decided to pull all those economy motel rooms off 192 and in house. It was also Disney that effectively killed CSS in DTO. I agree with HankStrong, the Florida Project was a pretty awful indie movie (his first film Tangerine was much better). Where it somewhat succeeds is showing a side of Orlando err Kissimmee and Florida that has become “the projects”. Those who recall the glory days of H192 would also remember that Kissimmee at one point was perhaps more marketable domestically than Orlando. I’ll leave it up to a thesis on Americana 90s style to reconcile that. During that time, Osceola way VERY far along in a plan to build a convention center on Osceola Pkwy to compete with and rival the OCCC. Thankfully those plans never materialized and the effort was diverted to turning the Silver Spurs Arena into the Osceola Heritage Park - a major driver for bringing mid sized expositions, conventions and concerts (mostly country) to the region (and importantly, to the center of Kissimmee, not out on west 192). It’s sometimes hard to remember that Disney’s front door is Kissimmee. Or it was. Arguably that shifted over to LBV. Notice how Disney is now tearing down the Crossroads to swing another offramp right into their property? It will be interesting to observe how this impacts the area adjacent. Let HW192 be a lesson. All this brings me back to the current situation in Kissimmee, which I’ll talk about in a future post soon. The high points, most of which are over a decade or longer in the making, seem to be eco-tourism, NeoCity, downtown consolidation and investment, advanced education, municipal airport investment, and improving accessibility around the county. Will get to all those points soon.
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    Metro Orlando Airport News

    Left out this article is the announcement that Interjet, a Mexican carrier, is entering the Orlando market with nonstop daily flights to Mexico City. I use Interjet a few times yearly between LAX and CDMX. The experience is similar to JetBlue or Alaska. I recommend.
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    Kissimmee | St. Cloud | Celebration

    I agree that Lake Nona is an island in sea of sprawl. NeoCity is a mile from downtown Kissimmee - I would consider it infill (and of the best kind that Kissimmee has seen in a very long time). Osceola leaders fought to bring the advanced manufacturing facility to Kissimmee. Had they helped Orlando in that effort, would they reap any of the benefits? Osceola may be going rogue on central Florida, but can anyone blame them?
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    Kissimmee | St. Cloud | Celebration

    A first glimpse at the new office building under construction at NeoCity to enhance the advanced manufacturing facility. The NeoCity Academy STEM school is also under construction on site. Both will be completed in 2019.
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    If you haven't already, I would highly recommend trying out Sprouts. I believe there is now one in Winter Park? All the rage out West, with an inexpensive and huge selection of fruits and veggies.
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    Economic Development

    Subway is an interchangeable term with heavy rail, like the elevated trains in Miami and Chicago.
  13. I vaguely remember a proposal to use the brise soleil as shade cover for a SunRail platform. That would have been the most fabulous albeit ridiculous train platform of all time.
  14. I'd rather discuss low wages than your irrational disdain for the brise soliel! Remember the "save the brise soleil" movement? There were some interesting proposals.
  15. Thanks for the history. I actually think this is a pretty good case for preserving a facade that honors the history of the building, to an extent, rather than allowing for it to be replaced with a modern one. Buildings are built, and rebuilt, throughout their existence. The building that houses the current reiteration is still likely more faithful to Church St than anything that it'll be replaced by.