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  1. Same address as the Chattanooga company who is developing the site next door, so probably a shell company set up to mask the actual buyer...
  2. jliv

    Creative Village

    Oh, while we're embedding videos instead of talking about buildings, I'll join in.... BTW Germans are totally in on the joke...There's a terrible strain of German pop music called "Schlager", which is camp as Christmas and popular at karoake nights, and Mr. Hasselhoff expanded its creative possibilities. For example, he responded to Ronald Reagan's plea to Mr. Gorbachev personally and TORE DOWN THE WALL HIMSELF, with the power of Schlager!
  3. The owner, Midtown Opportunties, is behind Midtown Miami (https://www.midtownmiami.com/). If their ultimate plans looks anything like those driving Midtown Miami development, the area will look very different and provide a much more dramatic entry into downtown from Colonial.
  4. jliv

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    I gotta tell ya, I just got back from 2 weeks of driving around Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg and every new suburban office building looks like this, especially around Stuttgart. Big white boxes with narrow windows in massive industrial parks along the Autobahn. Not that I have a problem with the style; in fact, I'd be happy to see acres of these along I-4.
  5. Portland, Vegas, Vancouver, and Charlotte make much less sense than Orlando for MLB (or any other major league sport for that matter). The Orlando TV market, which is the only market that matters, eclipses those other markets, along with Austin, Nashville, and Sacramento or any of the other mid-tier cities which get mentioned when teams start talking about relocation. (https://www.nielsen.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en/public%20factsheets/tv/2018-19-dma-ranker.pdf ). Orlando’s proximity to Tampa shouldn’t make a difference. I think it’s a matter or political will, more than anything, and Central Florida political leadership seems to have lost interest for myriad reasons. However, claiming an oversaturated Florida market is absolute bollocks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    How about West Quarter? Or even better, Arden Park? (From the Forest of Arden where Shakespeare’s As You Like It” is set, and Orlando and Rosalind are characters whom are alleged namesakes for the city and an important downtown avenue). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    There was a time Church Street Station/Rosie O’Grady’s was the one thing going on downtown. It was relentlessly touristy, especially with the addition of Church Street Market. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s, with Club Firestone, Big Bang, the Edge, and Yab Yum that downtown was claimed for the locals. So, the current bar scene is the legacy of that time, albeit with a much more downscale scene than the EDM scene I remember (I saw a lot of Harley-Davidson t-shirts there recently...SHUDDER). However, I’ve also seen some pretty cool places sprout up, like Bauhaus/Hanson’s Shoe Repair. A lot of similar-sized cities would kill for a scene like that, attractive to millennial singles. The problem is not the bar scene; but a lack of holistic planning to encourage an organic 24/7 culture. Dropping a bunch of beige mid-rise buildings onto parking lots isn’t going to cause that. There need to be more organised events like Light Up Orlando to draw people in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Well, at least he owns the stadium, so he's completely on the hook for the team's success!
  9. Olive Garden is the punchline of hipster jokes, and I know people who go there just for the unlimited breadsticks and irony, but it is never lost on me that the 2ND OLIVE GARDEN IN THE WORLD was a hub of my teenage life (along with the Chi Chi's on Maguire and the Peaches down the street). It was a big deal when it opened. My parents even took me there after my high school graduation ceremony! I never picked up on the cruisiness, but I was a bit clueless about those things well into my early 20's.
  10. jliv

    Creative Village

    I've been reading Bungalower since it was first started by Matt, and whilst it was a good companion to UP initially, some of the writing made me cringe. When Brendan took over, it was full of ideas but some of the content was a bit amateurish (but a step up from the previous editor). However, I've been very impressed by how far the blog has come. The writing doesn't make me cringe anymore, as there appears to be more editorial control over content to keep it professional and appealing to advertisers. Orlando doesn't get a lot of love in terms of culture, so Brendan really helps highlight things that wouldn't get that kind of coverage outside of Orlando Weekly.
  11. Oh dear, that dragged me kicking and screaming into a distant past!
  12. From AutoCAD to Bill of Materials to Supply Chain to plant to on-site assembly...you'd be amazed by how much of it can be automated. As ugly as the buildings are, modular construction might be the cure to Orlando's affordable housing problem...
  13. Oops! Maybe Brightline should rethink that rebranding... https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/apr/10/stagecoach-barred-from-rail-franchise-bids-over-pensions-row?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1554898597 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Not necessarily true. In the UK, rail lines are licensed to private operators like Virgin Trains, on public rail infrastructure operated by Network Rail. Most of the lines are profitable, with occasional exceptions. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. If there were any doubts that the Virgin Trains Orlando link wasn't happening, they have been definitively dispelled based on a big bond issuance on Monday: https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/strong-demand-greets-175b-virgin-trains-deal. They now have an additional $1.75 billion to work with, not counting additional bond issuances for $950 million pending approval by the Florida Development Finance Corp. this coming Friday. The article (behind a paywall) states that there were $4 billion worth of orders for these private activity bonds, so the demand well-outstripped the supply.
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