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cloudship last won the day on October 16 2011

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  1. Am I evil when I say "And this is a problem"? I am not trying to say retirees are bad, or that they dont contribute or that we dont want them. I just would like to see a focus on a more diverse population structure than the elderly and young families.
  2. It's not just class size. It's school size, and that is something I think that a lot of states and people, not just Florida, miss. The reality is that a student's journey through college is about much more than classes. Just as some people love living in the big city and some want to live in a small town, so some students want to go to a huge college, and some want to go to a real small one. And some also want to go to one in between. Full Sail definitely fits the bill, I think there is rome for more. And perhaps something less "comercialized". It's not something you can build right away, eith
  3. Ah education. A subject after my own heart. An observation from someone who works for a college in New England, I am amused how Florida seems to have this Wal-mart one-size-fits-all mentality towards education. The answer isnt one or the other - it's both - and more. There is a place for a large Gen-ed university in the area like UCF. There are, believe it or not, students who do better in arena classrooms with lots of nightlife to keep them entertained. But there is also room for smaller more specialized colleges. FPU sounds like one of them - focused, mission driven, STEM based. While Val
  4. I am still convinced that at this stage the primary goal is maximizing profits from their existing infrastructure. This may be a good thing as they are not inherently trying to create the most successful mass transit project, they dont need to maximize ridership just yet. That means they can cover the costs of getting the lie up and running, and then let expansion only have to worry about paying for itself. There is room in the future to grow - you can always add stations. For instance it might not make sense right now to stop at Canaveral so you dont compete with Disney's cruise busses - add
  5. Why would someone want a monthly pass to the airpor? Other than a few airport workers, I dont see this being a the type of connector someone would need monthly pass for. Even I dont fly THAT much! The article said 5 trains a day at 10 minute intervals? Is that 5 trains an hour, or 5 trains a day with 10 minute trips? I am a bit concerned, well, very concerned, about a high elevated track, especially electrified. This is an area of thunderstorms, and elevated tracks are not ideal. But I am glad they are thinking about interconnectivity. They really should think about connecting with the Mi
  6. I had my doubts on this one, because without a stop at the convention center and attractions area I could not see there being enough traffic to justify the cost. But I dug a little deeper and got what this is really about, and it is an interesting idea that might help a lot of other projects get going as well. FECI's real business is land. Land for utilities and rights of way, as well as development and development projects. The train is not the primary business here - the train is there to make maximum use of the rights of way they already have for utilities. It's a great comix, is efficie
  7. Ok, I can see the logic in that. But without that key attractions area stop, and preferably the convention center, you are not going ot have the ridership levels that you need. Not enough people are going to want to use the train for that route.
  8. I want to throw up a link to the that happened a few weeks ago. There is a reason I am doing this. We are talking here about a creative village, but we are talking in terms of big buildings, skyscrapers, media, high-tech, corporate customers. That isn't really the creative spark. This is the creative spark - small scale, independent, reuse, social, and dynamic. Building a "village" isn't going to work by putting up a bunch of office buildings, no matter how much they look like they belon in the flat iron district. To be really creative, they should have found a way to reuse the arena -
  9. The problem with plazas is that they attract a certain kind of business - either chains or businesses that want to be a chain. They don't really attract anything new, nor do the owners really want anything to radically different. Those businesses, and those owners, usually put a premium on automotive traffic to cast the widest net. The upshot of all that is that there is nothing really to make this project any more substantial or interesting than the next big plaza. Yes there is an aesthetical quality to buildings closer to the street, but that does not translate into more "life". To make t
  10. Maybe the Turkey Sand, which... Anyways, I think they really could do a lot with this area, but they really need to start with the road and pedestrian access. It's like having a superhighway through a pedestrian mall. They need more traffic control to allow more people to walk around. I am not sure that would happen that well, though - the area is more very well designed commercailk plazas than true organic development. If they want to go that approach, I think they could also focus on the waterfront behind Publix, as well as developing that area behind where Pepsi is located as a kind of "
  11. While the city is trying to leverage the "Creative Village" brand as marketing tool for more development, the true creative environment in Orlando keeps poking its head up. Unfortunately I cant make it down there for this, but hope some of you get to go - this is what "creative" is about.
  12. :sigh: I think what fustrates me is how close this could come to being successful. Maglev low speed rail already exists, so the technoogy isn't far fetched. It's just that AMT seems unable to bring a product to market. And the financial structure could work. If he wasn't so starry eyed that he bought into a lot of the shady funding and political promises he is made. The route is ideal, but not with the kind of pricing model that skeptical accounts use and he blindly accepts. If they could get some more guaranteed funding it would be great. The values of the experience gained alone would
  13. If the train 3ere to expand westward, I would definitely see logic in an airport stop. But headed to Miami, I dont think there is as much. There is some, as pointed out, between the airport and the coast, but by and large the southern Florida area is already well served airport-wise. I think there is a more logical connection between the Miami Airport and Miami and Ft Lauderdale areas and the Attractions area, and would expect a station closer to there. Simple bus transfers would work between the airport and the train.
  14. I guess I am missing something here. I suppose with enough money you could find a way to float an ice rink on Lake Eola, but not sure how that is much different than building an ice rink on dry land? I could see if you were trying to create something like the canals in Holland or something, but just a skating rink? They have done skating rinks in the area before. i just don't tend to find them the same as skating up north - there is something about the weather that makes a big difference. So not sure there wuld be enough interest in something like this.
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