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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    Yes, like I said, it may be all that, but it's still out beyond the airport. It will never be anywhere else but out by the airport miles and miles and miles away from the actual City of Orlando. And all things considered, it will still always be one of those pre-planned, pre-designed Baldwin Park, Celebration style communities.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    Well now, there was a non-statement statement if ever I heard one. It may well be those things, but it will always be way the heck out in the southeast quadrant suburbs of metro Orlando. Might as well just put it in Bithlo. Or Kissimmee.
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    Radisson Blu | Mixed Use Hotel/Res./Comm [Proposed]

    That Gym Downtown corner would be a prime spot for a high rise anything.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    #1 - Never said they were. But most people who spend a small fortune to come down here to watch a football game aren't thinking about looking at paintings. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. Certainly a small percentage will be looking to do something along those lines, but in terms of total numbers, it wouldn't be typical or enough to make a big difference in attendance. As for DPAC attendees, I'm sure the percentage would be higher amongst them than the Camping World football fan crowd, but I doubt we get a huge number of out of state visitors traveling here to see things at our PAC they can see at PAC's in their own home cities and states. In short, I just don't think that in terms of sheer numbers, those two attractions would generate a large number of art museum visitors. Some, yes. But a lot, I don't think so. That's why DTO needs to become an attraction unto itself. One in which people decide to visit our art museum as just one of many local cultural amenities they'd visit and as part of exploring the city center in terms of sightseeing. #2 - If it were planned for OMA there would be no discussion, but apparently it isn't. And apparently OMA isn't interested in it either, so there must be some issue with it that makes it unacceptable. I would think the congestion, noise and ever growing crime rate might be factors. #3 & #4 - Makes perfect sense. There is a large, unused grass field directly to the south of and adjacent to the existing building. Given that they already have a decent amount of good, usable space in the existing building, they wouldn't have to build as big as they'd need to if they started over from the ground up. Factor in the cost of not having to move and transport all of their art pieces and other equipment to a new building and set everything up and it's even more economical.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    Well I did say "by and large", meaning most but not all. There are always exceptions to everything. But seriously, most hard core sports fans who drive down here from other states with their team's flags attached to their RV's are not here to look at paintings after the game. They're gonna hit the downtown bars and restaurants, then the theme parks if anything, then go home.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    I kind of tend to think that people who come to town for sporting events by and large wouldn't be too interested in visiting an art museum no matter where it's located. At least not in numbers that would help put a dent in paying for the huge investment that would be required to purchase an expensive downtown parcel then build the kind of highrise that would be necessary to give them room to expand in the future. As far as having to hop on Sunrail is concerned, I think that people expect to use such transportation when they visit a "big city". All a part of the experience. Consider a visit to NYC. Manhattan is roughly 13 miles long. From downtown to midtown is approximately 6 miles. If you're staying in midtown and you want to visit downtown, you have to use some kind of transportation. Subway, bus, Uber or cab. So why would the idea of taking Sunrail the roughly 2½ miles LHP be such a deal breaker? I think that when people travel, they expect to take side excursions and utilize things like commuter rail and whatnot. Like I said, all part of the fun.
  7. Looks like they're starting on the narrow top hotel section now... Vertical progress should start speeding up from here on out.
  8. I like blue glass too, but too much of a good thing becomes not a good thing. I'd like to see a few more non-glass exterior buildings myself.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    OK. And you're in charge of raising the money to pay for it like they had to for DPAC. Piece of cake!!! Make it happen!!!
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    LOCAL and Florida Politics

    Heard mention on the local news this morning that Guv'nah Desantis is supposed to make some kind of noteworthy announcement today from Kraft Azalea Gardens in WP this afternoon at 1:00 pm. No idea what it could be in reference to. Stay tuned...
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    So why can't visitors staying in DT hotels just jump on Sunrail, take the quick little five or ten minute ride up to Florida Hospi....err, excuse me, Adventist Health... and hop off there? Riding the local train then taking a pleasant stroll along a shady, tree-lined sidewalk over to OMA would serve to enhance that "big city" experience. From what you say about lack of awareness and recognition of OMA, it sounds like what they need is a better and more effective advertising campaign. There should be light pole banners all over downtown extolling the virtues and pleasures associated with and encouraging a visit to, OMA.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    The Lake Nona move is one of the most ill-conceived ideas I've ever heard. If it happens, it will be done based on a decision made with money as the only consideration involved.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    Not sure if I'm understanding you correctly, but Lake Formosa is on the same side of 17-92 as OMA/LHP. Lake Rowena is the one on the other side and there's already small boat access from one to the other underneath the roadway. I remember back around the early-mid 80's when the walkway along the north side of the lake was a actually small dirt road you could drive on and park facing the water. Or launch a canoe, as my friend and I did, then paddled underneath 17-92 and did some fishing in Lake Rowena. I also occasionally used to pull up in that same spot and eat lunch in my car.
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    Orlando Museum of Art Downtown property?

    Too cramped and too surrounded by noise, traffic, concrete and asphalt IMO. LHP by comparison is quiet, peaceful and serene. Surrounded by brick streets, shady oak trees and other similar attractions/amenities close by in a park-like atmosphere.