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    Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    ridiculous. completely ridiculous. So now what, a homeless person asks for some change, and you are supposed to say, sure, here you go, and put it in this meter. I can only imagine the curse-out you'd get from the homeless person. And who is going to just randomly put change in a parking meter - definitely not people parked on the street since they'll need that change for their own parking space meter! What a complete waste of $10K. It will take years for these meters to collect enough coins (if ever) to account for $10K - before the meters break, or if you add the additional cost of maintaining and repairing (if they repair them). The most likely result is that they will eventually all fall into disrepair and be broken, rusted, leaning (or laying on the ground) reminders of a terrible idea. And BTW, isn't it a LOT easier just to donate a small percentage of the existing parking meter fees and donate to homeless causes. duh!!!!
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    Developer proposes office tower near Lake Eola

    All good points. It's funny how I never gave much thought to that stretch of park along central, but the more i think about it, the more it is really a great patch to break things up. I hate to see it go, and i'm pretty pro-development minded, but i just think removing park land in an already limited space is just the wrong direction. I'm still missing the point of a land swap and completely against it. The developer has rights to raze these houses and build a building within current zoning (and if they need to change the zoning they have every right to push for it). The historical designation attempt failed, this notion of not building now to appease the community is really complete crap (yes a technical term) :-) But honestly, do you not think the developer prefers to build on Central rather than their current location. This is really starting to look like the community has played right into the hands of the developer on this one, knowing that more of the community will be activated if they propose a building next to a playground and wont be as loud if it would front Central. And like i said before, the building will just be in the backyard basically of those houses, the impacts to the playground wont be much different. And those historic houses will now have backyards looking at the back of a commercial building! At the end of the day the building would have be basically setback from the current property on Washington and facing the other way. And the city gives up park space. This just doesnt seem like a good deal to me.
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    Developer proposes office tower near Lake Eola

    Anyone know the status of this? I know there is a hearing tuesday (Oct 21) to designate the park area on the corner of central and eola (current farmers market area) to high intensity office zoning to allow 200ft 16-story building. So basically the city gets 1.5 acres of residential land on washington (which do we have any idea what they will do with it?) and we give up a large section of green space park land (which to anyone that has walked or jogs along there knows its quite a nice little tree lined stretch). It just bugs me because with all the available lots availble around downtown that are NOT park land or greenspace, why is this being considered? We are just giving up park land to stop a building from going up near a playground?? Umm.. the new location is in the backyard of those houses, you will STILL SEE a 16 story building from the playground. i just dont see the point of all this!
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    Orlando Restaurants & Bars

    Nonna is very good and more casual style. It's the same owners as K Restaurant down the street from it in college park, which incidentally is tops for my all around favorite restaurant in the area.
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    Orlando Restaurants & Bars

    IMO.. Best Italian restaurant closest to downtown - "Rocco's Italian Grill" in WP on Mills/Orlando Ave. (right next to "El Bodegon" which has pretty good Spanish itself - think Ceviche on a smaller more intimate scale). Rocco's has pretty much taken the flag Limoncello once had many years ago before their chef left and everything went downhill, eventually closing). Also on my best Italian restaurant list, though further from downtown, is "Terra Mia" in Altamonte. Either of these shouldn't dissapoint.
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    Orlando Restaurants & Bars

    There is build out underway in the former Rythm & Flow space.. i have no idea what it is though, could be anything, another club, restaurant, or even a bank. anyone have any insight?
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    Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    Info on new exit: http://www.trans4mation.org/?id=286
  8. Any word on the exterior building materials (besides the glass of course). Meaning a stone facade, type of stone, etc..? (hoping not pre-cast!)
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    Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium [Renovation Completed]

    i'm starting to fear that this design will look more like something that would be best built in Savannah (hope i'm wrong). I'm all for adding a southern touch to the details, but perhaps because the architect is not local, he may be missing the point that Orlando is not a "southern" city, despite its geographic location.
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    The VUE

    Too bad about Harmoni Market. I agree about the Vue supporting restaurant dining, the area is a bit too far removed and Rosiland doesn't serve as a good street front (at least IMO). I'm excited about the Beacon Hill groups tequila bar though. they seem to be pretty solid for getting things done.
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    Church Street Station

    Is Rustic really that close to opening?! I never got the idea that much progress was going on there, but I admit it is difficult to peak in there with the windows and all blocked off. Hope it opens soon!
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    The Plaza

    Think you're right. Their website is down as well..
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    The Plaza

    and with Cold Stone seemingly NEVER OPEN, there wouldn't even be any ice cream competition. also, noticed a coming soon sign on build out for Bola italian restaurant, it now says, The Black Olive Coming Soon, I belieive. Anyone know, did this thing change hands or just names?!?
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    Metro Orlando Headlines

    true. U-Club is leaving there regardless of how TT goes. The building is coming down eventually...
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    looks like the website for the Orlando Wheel is not up yet, but here's the closest thing to a rendering i can find..