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  1. I will wager a bet that there is a much bigger announcement in the works than a divisional relocation, which will coincide with their reveal of their plans for what they plan to do with those 60 acres. I wish it included a studio complex to replace the soundstages they are using in Fayette County outside at ATL (Trilium/Pinewood) for the Marvel films/TV shows, but that ship sailed 30 years ago!
  2. Which is a shame, because a half-day spent wandering through the collections of a museum should invoke a range of emotions beyond, "Oh, that's pretty"....Call me pretentious....
  3. And, of course, it has to be Chihuly in the garden, because there's nothing more basic and uncontroversial than a bunch of whimsical, content-free glass sculptures which are also on permanent display in a St. Petersburg museum. Talk about "Orlando-ing" a good idea! I'm also looking forward to the Thomas Kinkade paintings in the gallery.
  4. 60 acres is a LOT of land for only 2,000 corporate employees. Sounds like they have bigger plans for the future. I wonder if the entire HQ workforce is in the cards over the coming years, which would be a big boost to Orlando's international profile. Sent from my SM-N976B using Tapatalk
  5. For that matter, in London, the V&A is in Kensington, the Tate Modern is in Southwark, and the National Gallery is at Trafalgar Square. Don't even get me started on how the Musee d'Orsay is nowhere near the Louvre in Paris. Funny how some Americans equate a "big city" with a "downtown", when great world cities very often have nebulous centers. I like the location, scale, and the design of this. Orlando is unfortunately locked into early-20th century planning decisions for a small agricultural town which favored single-family homes, but I like what South Eola has evolved into from its s
  6. My visceral reaction when seeing this rendering was, "EWWWW". The checkerboard pattern for the balcony layout is tacky and will invite ridicule, with some LEDs to prominently highlight the disturbing lack of taste. I hope this rendering is still a work of progress, and the partners in that architecture film are raging at their staff right now that it was even realised...
  7. There were other things I heard EPCOT being called, which I won't repeat on this family-friendly forum. But I heard plenty of ribald tales from cast members over the years about hook-ups happening with guests, to make the Southern Baptists start squealing in tongues!
  8. jliv

    Brightline Trains

    I love how the theme park unit of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast, a $100 billion/year corporation, doesn't once mention how it plans to contribute to its wild plans for spending other people's money (i.e. the Brightline investors' money).
  9. Don't get me wrong. Love those old-school AMF centers, but they've never been known for their culinary delights. Still waiting for the roller rink revival, though. (I totally just Googled "Semoran Skateway" and that place is still going!!!) Sent from my SM-N976B using Tapatalk
  10. Actually, there's a chain of bowling alleys here in London called All-Star Lanes with a quite good American-style diner in front, with a small number of lanes in the back with a cocktail bar. The decreased scale may actually benefit its transition to something more upscale, more geared towards a casual night out with dinner, as opposed to a loud, cavernous facility with stale nachos and s****y beer. Sent from my SM-N976B using Tapatalk
  11. I have so many memories of that building. It's something quite special and unique in Orlando; I hope someday it gets registered in the National Register of Historic Places. Quick London fact: Ian Fleming hated the Brutalist architecture popping up in council hi-rises around London in the 1960's so much he named a Bond villian after one of its most famous architects: Ernő Goldfinger. Here's an example of the Goldfinger aesthetic:
  12. Pity...It just looks like a bank building. I liked these renderings more....
  13. 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 o
  14. 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)
  15. "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!
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