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  1. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Exactly why I-Drive should strive to become a tourist attraction itself, rather than just a street with hotels and restaurants for people to be when they aren't at Disney or Universal. Give people reasons to want to go there and spend time (and money of course) there. I think they're leaning towards that with The Eye, etc, but I think if they put too many restrictions on things like lighting and signage and what kind of businesses can operate there, it will do more to hinder success. One thing I didn't mention in my last post about 192 in Osceola County, is that the area was never walkable either. Nobody who stayed down there ever said "Let's go out and stroll up and down 192!!!". I-Drive on the other hand, is a very walkable street that invites getting out and taking in the sights and sounds. I just think there needs to be more of them.
  2. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Well, as ghastly as some may find it, there still is an appetite for it. If not, places like Times Square and Las Vegas wouldn't continue to attract so many visitors year after year. The only reason the Osceola County tourist strip on 192 ever existed to begin with, was because of its close proximity to Disney. People flocked there in the 80's and 90's because they could get a cheap hotel with a quick, cheap or free ride to and from WDW every day. I think that it's more because so many other large, reasonably priced hotels have been built right within the park itself, rather than any public disdain for a particular style of signage or lighting, that the place has fallen into such decline. I-Drive on the other hand, at least the northern section of it between Kirkman and Sand Lake, and even farther south to the convention center, is or should/could be a tourist attraction in and of itself. Something that people not only from out of town, but locals as well, want to visit and see. People like to experience a bit of the garish and the outlandish on vacation once in awhile. Carnival atmosphere. That's why a lot of people don't really live in the I-Drive area. It's not supposed to be quaint and cozy or tasteful and inviting. It should be loud and bright and flashy and noisy. Besides, we've already got one bland, boring, conservative "main drag" in Orlando. It's called Orange Avenue and it runs from Lake Ivanhoe to Lake Lucerne. Keep in mind that what I'm talking about here is just my own opinion. I'm not one of those people who thinks that my "grand vision" for Orlando, or any portion of it, is superior or should be the last word. It's just the way I'd like to see things. But I'm sure that the county will follow the popular current PC trend towards bland understatement and eventually require all businesses down there to have tiny, non-backlit signs and no neon or flashing lighting or anything else that's actually fun or interesting to look at.
  3. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    I think comparing Osceola County and I-Drive is kind of an apples and oranges thing.
  4. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    When it comes to I-Drive I take the opposite view. The bigger, flashier and gaudier the signage and lighting, the better. Many years ago, back in the 80's, there was a columnist at The Sentinel named Rob Morse. His column was in the local section and dealt with local issues. It was mostly written from a tongue-in-cheek, facetious and sometimes bordering on acerbic point of view regarding what passed for culture here in Central Florida back then. I think he rubbed some readers the wrong way and eventually left to take a job at the SF Chronicle. Anyway, he once did a column on a local sign ordinance that was being proposed by the county, for the purpose of keeping the local tourist attractions from going overboard with their billboards along I-4 (anyone remember Universal's King Kong and ET billboards?) and along I-Drive as well. I think one of the local commissioners referenced a hypothetical "20 foot tall pizza" as an example of what could possibly appear along I-Drive without the proposed ordinance. Morse, in taking the opposite view, that a tourist city like Orlando and especially I-Drive should embrace large, gaudy signage, ended the column with the statement: "I'm not afraid of any 20 foot pizza!!!". Me neither!!!
  5. While it's not exactly what I (or many others of us) would have preferred, it's not terrible either. A little stumpy? Yeah, but much of that depends on the angle you're viewing it from. For such a relatively wide and low design, it still manages to look a little stretched out from most vantage points.
  6. Same here. The first floor is actually two floors, making the pedestal a total of seven floors. Next, the cap will go on top of the south wing which will add a couple more floors of height to that portion.
  7. An Ode To 7-Eleven

    I read that article. Answered a question that most of us here at UP already knew the answer to, but interesting enough piece nonetheless.
  8. Creative Village [Proposed]

    Which one are you talking about? Can you be more specific?
  9. Florida Mall/Mall at Millenia

    So now they'll have room for yet another women's clothing store. Great. That should up the percentage of stores in that mall that sell women's clothing from like 95% to 96%. Can't wait to go back there someday.
  10. Other Metro Area Projects

    Just heard on the news that Wayfair is opening a distribution center in S. Orlando on Gills Dr., off of W. Landstreet. They're opening centers in Tampa and Miami, too.
  11. College Park

    So if they called it COPA, would that make this.... ....the COPA Cabana? Sorry. Couldn't resist.
  12. College Park

    I'd be OK with Fairvilla Park or Fairvilla Urban Park... something like that. College Park Park?
  13. College Park

    Very nice, but I hope they come up with a better name. Something about The Packing District just doesn't sound very inviting.
  14. I think another thing that has attracted more than a few out of state millionaires here, is the fact that along with our low taxes, Florida has among the toughest homestead laws in the country. Florida has become known as a bankruptcy haven because here, your primary residence is protected from any and all creditors. A millionaire can move to Florida, invest large sums of money into an expensive house and property, then file bankruptcy and nobody can touch it. As for the contributions these wealthy newcomers make to our quality of life, keep in mind also that these people also tend to be the ones who ignore things like water use restrictions. They purchase homes in ritzy neighborhoods like Alaqua and Isleworth, then dump tens of thousands of gallons of water per month onto their lawns, along with tons of fertilizer that runs off into the storm sewers and ends up in our lakes, just to keep them looking like golf course putting greens. Double edged sword, for sure.