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    Cool Stuff in Other Cities

    Innovative art installation at the top of the Salesforce Tower - 1,100 feet high. For nightly display starting tonight. At dusk, 11k LED lights will display soft, sunset-colored graphics. From dusk to midnight, they will display "Day for Night" (a show featuring silhouetted dancers). After midnight, they will display constellations of stars. The art installation can be seen from 30 miles away and was designed by an "electronic artist." Salesforce Lights.jpg.mp4
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    Economic Development

    The 2018 Fortune 500 list was released today. The only company in the Orlando MSA is Darden (#396). Harris in Brevard is ranked #407. People here seem especially interested jn Publix (Polk Co). It is ranked pretty well...at #88. The Fortune website has great map showing where the companies are located.
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    Economic Development

    The discussion about Tampa is super interesting. Tampa has the least amount of vacant land of the cities studied, making it the "densest" city. The study makes the connection to the lack of available downtown land to Tampa's urban-sprawl problem. The study then expressly makes the connection between the lack of vacant land with the lack of downtown development. Could that be the problem for Orlando? Is it too "dense"? That would turn most assumptions on their head.
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    Economic Development

    Surprising study about vacant land in U.S. urban cores. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/05/17/new-report-dallas-skyline-room-grow-us-city Orlando is near the bottom (meaning we have very little vacant land downtown, compared to other cities). Good for future density.
  5. You're surely not making a joke about the school meeting I had about my special-needs child, are you? Even after I explained the meeting. Do you really find that appropriate Spenser?
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    Recent Debates/Problems/etc.

    I agree with everything you said. You were fair and even-handed. I am leaving the group. Many lines have been crossed and it's not productive for anyone. Having said that, I try my hardest to not take anything personal. I hope others do the same. I honestly hope everyone finds what they are looking for (ie. more development, more downtown energy, taller buildings). When your vision of Orlando is finally reached, that means I will get my better-paying jobs and hopefully better schools. It will be a win-win. Until then, I wish everyone the best.
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    Comparing Orlando...

    Are you suggesting jobs and education have nothing to do with urban development? I honestly can't think of ANYTHING more fundamental for a city. I seem to have some real differences with everyone else. Everyone fails to acknowledge some really basic problems and attack me for raising them. You have proven the problem runs even deeper than I thought. Everyone actually thinks this the way life is lived. You define good jobs as those offering free Disney admission. You are happy with mediocre schools. Normal people would have looked at the school rankings and agreed things need to be better. Not a single person said that. NOT ONE. There is no ambition to be anything other than taller downtown. It's ass-backwards and it makes no sense. I agree this isn't the place for me.
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    Comparing Orlando...

    What kind of lowlife criticizes ANYONE for taking a meeting at a school, for ANY reason? People don't typically take school meetings unless it is pretty important. Read between the f'ing lines loser. And again, I was asked a question and answered it. Oh the drama of it all..... And I'm not too high-brow for anyone. I am the ONLY person here that EVER talks about raising wages and improving education. How elitist of me.
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    Comparing Orlando...

    Yay Orlando. We have the best schools in the world!!! Yay!!! We are so lucky. We have the best schools and the best jobs and best free-admission policies for theme-park workers. We are sooooo lucky. Yay!!!
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    Comparing Orlando...

    You should be ashamed of yourself. You are seriously giving me crap about a school meeting? My son is a special-needs student. I made an appointment to arrange for accommodations for him next year. I really don't want the high school f'ing everything up like the crapty middle school did. IS THAT ALRIGHT WITH YOU? You are a horrible, horrible person. I was asked a question and I gave an honest answer. If you don't like the answer, too damn bad. I have know been relentlessly attacked for raising the issue of school quality in the area. Fine...you win. The schools here are amazing. World-class. Beyond belief. Spectacular. Where the hell did I even get off raising the issue? Do me a favor. Talk more about the f'ing Ferris wheel.
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    Comparing Orlando...

    In all honesty, I see the rankings as having limited value. They are instructive in general only. I think they accurately give a realistic overall picture. But I don't know how U.S. News can distinguish the #100 school from the #120 school. (Of course. I didn't read the criteria).
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    Comparing Orlando...

    I am. And I do. And I am taking a meeting at my son's high school next year in about an hour.
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    Comparing Orlando...

    Whenever we discuss real issues like jobs or education, Hank checks-out. Perhaps he'd rather talk about the renaming of a big Ferris wheel. Or maybe he can propose more alternative names for the Creative Village in our imaginary, fairy-tale world where UrbanPlanet users rename everything. Keep being frivolous!
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    Comparing Orlando...

    I am glad you find great schools so trivial. Please never have children. As for me, my children have opportunities that most others won't. Even so, I worry about other children that aren't as fortunate, Don't lecture me on decency.
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    Comparing Orlando...

    Your joking, right? I don't have anything invested? Let me say it a second time...my son is starting high school next year. Don't think for a second I am making this issue up.