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  1. 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
  2. I always excuse different opinions, and I invite them (even though there was no opinion anywhere in the original post), but I won’t excuse uninteresting online rants. That’s the joy of “ignore” features on social media. I like my online conversations a little more measured and thoughtful, and I’m fine with an echo chamber full of calmer voices. FYI I totally agree with the issues the poster has with Pat Williams. Opinion: civic leadership is dreadful, and Pat’s purposes would’ve been much better served tapping into his vast Rolodex/iPhone contact list to find a better public face. And, that logo! Lol https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/11/mlb-fans-orlando-dreamers-fan-reaction-pat-williams-baseball
  3. Not sure where you read “want” anywhere in my initial post. I’m simply suggesting this might have some legs...(and it’s a completely legitimate and interesting topic to discuss outside of the endless meme posting this entire message board has devolved into). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Rep. Darren Soto actually approached Virgin Trains USA officials with the idea of sharing tracks from a point somewhere north of Meadow Woods station to 417, as a way to move forward from the stalled Sunrail Phase 3 project. It makes a lot of sense. The Obama-era high speed proposal studies found that the section planned from the airport to tourist district destinations was the only section of the entire route which could actually make money. This is a big reason Rep. John Mina didn’t get behind the route, and encouraged Gov. Scott to reject the stimulus funds. I’m sure this is not lost on Virgin Trains USA, because the proposal for the overall project emerged not long the cancellation on the Tampa-Orlando high speed project. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I’m surprised no one has started a forum about this yet. Orlando/Orange County has something which Pinellas or Hillsborough (or Charlotte/Mecklenburg or Nashville/Davidson) don’t have: a giant pot of money from the tourist development tax which could probably help build what the Rays owners want. The other difference: Pat Williams is stirring the pot. Anyone who lived in Orlando in the 1980’s (raises hand) will remember how hard he worked to build grassroots support for a team naysayers said couldn’t happen. He was at every pot luck dinner eating fried chicken off of paper plates for years; I remember him showing up at the tiny church I used to attend. Might he make magic again after 30 years? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. To be fair, it won’t be so deadly in Central Florida since there won’t be any at-grade crossings heading into Orlando. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. There are 7-Eleven’s all over Stockholm, and Stockholm remains a pretty cool city. And, they eat reindeer meat, which is much edgier than turkey legs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Bugger. That sign always screamed DOWNTOWN when I was a kid. That, and the Orange Court Motor Lodge sign on North Orange. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. It's a bloody shame, because they've actually been a rare success story on Church Street. Plus, drag!
  10. Virgin was brought in to boost the brand while they were trying to raise cash. It apparently worked! (They raised close to $3 Billion on the muni bond markets after the brand change). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I disagree. The options illustrated in Brightline's unsolicited FDOT bid for a Tampa connection includes routes that don't touch Disney property. The ones that do involve a tiny sliver of land adjacent to I-4. It doesn't appear Disney involvement is essential to their plans. Anyhow, Universal is about to invest billions of dollars in expansion, and is contributing $150 million to extend Kirkman Road. Why wouldn't they do the same with Virgin Trains to ensure millions of tourists arriving by air aren't delivered directly to Disney's doorstep, bypassing their massive investment?
  12. Here's a bit of trivia: Dean DeBlois, the director of the "How to Train Your Dragon" films, was based in Orlando for a while at the sadly-missed Walt Disney Animation Studios Florida where he co-directed "Lilo and Stitch" and was the head of story for "Mulan", which were two of the films primarily created there. The dedication of an entire land to "How to Train Your Dragon" by Universal reminds me of how the closure of the studio was one of the most bone-headed corporate decisions ever made by Disney.
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    There was already an FDOT study completed a few years back on the OBX corridor, and rail was disqualified due to the cost and lack of potential passengers. The recommendation from the study was enhanced bus service to serve that corridor. A future rail line would need significant local investment to happen because the state and the federal government likely wouldn't be providing significant funding.
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    Not true. Nowhere in the Sunrail Phase 3 study was an estimated land acquisition cost in that ballpark. Anyhow, OUC is a public utility and would probably lease the ROW at a minimal cost. The largest costs were related to building a bridge over Orange Ave to join up with the Meadow Woods station.
  15. Imma rain on everyone's parade now. Highly doubtful a client would let an architect use renderings in their marketing material before they've used them in their own material first. I'll place a bet that this was a rejected design, albeit quite daring for Orlando and demonstrates the talent they have when not constrained by the budgets of the market they work in. It really is a building that wouldn't look out of place in Buckhead, Atlanta, circa 1998. Just put a "bakery" serving soup in a bread bowl on the bottom floor, with occasional sightings of Elton John without his wig, and you're got Atlanta's ritziest address!
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