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  1. jliv

    Brightline Trains

    I think you might might be misunderstanding a poorly worded statement (or maybe the poster is just plain nuts). To John Mica's credit, he was a big supporter of mass transit to the point of being one of the most passionate members in the House, and a bit of an outlier from the typical conservative positions. I remember watching the stimulus vote from the gallery back in 2009 (I got my visitor's pass from Nancy Pelosi's office!) and noticed how he was one of the guys all over the floor on both sides of the aisle, negotiating for increased spending on transit. He managed to bring home a lot of bacon to Central Florida (SunRail was his baby), even though the folks back home in his district weren't willing to accept it and provide the matching funds under the woeful Reagan-era formulas (Charlotte/Mecklenburg County thanks you, Clarence Hoenstine!). Sunrail was the consolation prize for Orange County, which still doesn't have its act together in regards to transportation funding.
  2. There's some movement on the redevelopment of the Orlando Sentinel property, as reported by the Orlando Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2021/02/12/orlando-downtown-redevelopment-alex-vadia.html. Seems like it needs a new thread! (sorry for the blurry screenshot)
  3. "The Milk District" will always include businesses on E. Colonial in my mind, because we used to always wind up at the Denny's after being kicked out of Southern Nights after last call!
  4. https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, 74.9 million people have been infected, with 32 million dying. More would be dead without the anti-retroviral therapy introduced in the mid-90's, so his numbers weren't largely off the mark. The question is not about overreacting on what we do know, but not reacting in the face of what we don't. History will also look at how successful Germany and South Korea contained the epidemic with low death rates, because they acted quickly and decisively during key stages of the outbreak. History will also remember how the Trump administration floundered and relied on fantastical thinking in the early stages of the pandemic. It will also remember how Trump's analogue in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was quite close to death because of this same fantastical thinking. So back to the question of whether or not this is the end of the current Orlando building boom. Absolutely. Will Orlando bounce back? Slowly, but with lots of hang-wringing about the fragile industries the local economy is over-reliant on, lots of discussion of how to fix it, and half-hearted attempts to actually address the problem!
  5. Recessions are caused by collective fear, which infects both investors and consumers. I can't think of a type of natural disaster worse than an infectious disease, especially with a public infrastructure ill-equipped to deal with outbreaks, to strike fear into the hearts of men, so I'm not at all surprised or irritated by the response. This is how boom-and-bust capitalism works, so you're going to have to accept it if you want all of the benefits of free markets.
  6. Absolutely stunning how fast that building has gone up.
  7. I remember going to the McCrory's as a kid, but I also remember that god-awful "Terror on Church Street" attraction with the obnoxious character actors marauding all over downtown. Losing the McCrory's was a bit sad, but that block sat mostly vacant for a long time, so downtown certainly benefited from the shot in the arm it got from that development after the decline of Church Street Station.
  8. I think a ballpark attached to the convention center would be a good idea. The park could double as an events venue for larger conventions, which would assuage the concerns of hotel interests worried about spending more tax money on sports venues. For those concerned in general about taxpayers funding billionaire play toys, I’d probably argue that pro baseball would complement basketball nicely, as the schedules don’t overlap too much, and Orlando needs more activities than theme parks. There is something to be said about the role pro sports play in civic quality of life, even if you aren’t a sports fan. In fact, a ballpark would have much greater benefits than Camping World Stadium, as the pro baseball schedule means a venue in more frequent usage.
  9. jliv


    Never once, in my years of growing up in Central Florida, did I ever get excited about the possibility of heading to Daytona Beach. Oh yay. Loads of retirees, mullets, and air-brushed T-shirts. Morrissey once wrote a song about the Essex seaside town Southend called “Everyday is Like Sunday”. There’s a choice phrase in it: “ In the seaside town That they forgot to bomb Come, come, come, nuclear bomb…”. When I finally visited Southend last year, I exclaimed, “This is BLOODY Daytona Beach!” I won’t joke about bombings in our current climate, but it needed a “touch up” in the 80’s and 90’s. Is it still like that? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. GASP. Intelligent discussion on social media without inflammatory language. Such a forgotten art. Everything changed with AOL! LOL
  11. Orlando doesn't seem to be in these same conversations like it was 20 years ago. The Great Recession really did sucker-punch civic morale and leadership.
  12. This very 90's bulletin board software doesn't provide an obvious way for me to ban people from the topic I started. If I could, I would ban both spenser and orange87. Both are using inflammatory rhetoric, but special recognition goes to Orange87 for bringing the conversation into the gutter quickly, which is probably more appropriate for 4chan, not an urban affairs BBS. Please keep the convo about baseball in Orlando. Our peers in Nashville and Charlotte are rattling on and on about their cities' chances with MLB, without sounding like a bunch of troglodytes.
  13. Oh you conservatards get all triggered about a 16-year old, but you think Tomi Lahren is an intellectual giant! (Calm down, y’all...just jokes)
  14. It’s not Orlando, it’s the banks providing the loans. Cambria isn’t known for being an upscale hotel bland. If it was a Kimpton, the architecture would reflect a different set of aspirations (and price points). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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