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  1. Businesses I would like to see Downtown

    The idea of books themselves is in hiatus. In killing off most ogf their competition, they ironically killed off mush of their own business. Most people no longer shop for or even think about books now because they have nowhere to interface with them. What little is left for bookstores focus increasingly on best sellers list, which really only appeals to a small population. Most people who would purchase more than cheap paperbacks are looking for smoething more in depth. And while Amazon may give you some access to purchase a wide variety of books, you cant actually see what you are getting until it is delivered. That makes it a tough sell. So those people are turning more and more to the Internet and forgoing books altogether. I think that actually will open up a new oppotunity for the independent booksellers. Large independent shops, that leverage Amazon marketplace, I think will start to spring up more and more. I think Orlando is a ripe area for a good size bookstore. While the Internet is great, it still lacks the ability to show off nice illustrations and good pictures.
  2. Metro Orlando Headlines

    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.
  3. Metro Orlando Headlines

    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, either - it takes some time to develop. FPU really emphasizes what a bad idea it really was to kill the HSR link. I am perhaps being a bit of an optimist here, but maybe this will be enough to drive a rail project connecting USF, FPU, and UCF. One thing, I was reading up a little bit on FPU, and seeing exactly what and how that came to be, I would be very careful about setting my expectations too high. Once again this is a case of the state thinking people are produce and can just be relocated at will, and are just a certain quanmtity of the same thing. This move and break really will reverberate through the student and faculy population. That could be something quite disaterous to both enrollment and academics.
  4. Metro Orlando Headlines

    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 Valencia does, I believe, an excellent job, it is a huge school. The focus on student performance gets lost - not just in class size, but by faculty and administrators, who loose touch with the college culture. Full Sail, although a bit commercial for my tastes, is a great example of a small forward-looking college. IT focuses on key programs, and does them well. It is a target school for those looking for a quality education. You can't address education like you do groceries. Students are going to pick the school they want to go to - they don't just go to "any school". So just making multiple campuses does not really fix that problem. What you need to do is focus your educational institutions. Let UCF be the big guy - arena classes, frat parties, and football teams. But also provide specialized institutions. Orlando could use a good smaller Arts school - something more urban focused and individual. And perhaps towards the coast, a smaller business and liberal arts school for those students not ready for a big impersonal college.
  5. city logos

    I am not a fan of them. They are OK if your city is a real tourist destination and has to do a lot of tourist advertising. But somehow it feels to me that it isolated the government from the peopl ein the city. A city is not a business - it's people. And I think a lot of cities get too caught up with logos and business practices and forget they are really there for their constituents.
  6. Businesses I would like to see Downtown

    You want a Trader Joes? It's mostly frozen prepared stuff, or chips. I go there only because they have a few frozen meals I always eat, and good snacks! But I am surprised at how much people tend to get excited about the place before they come in, and then complain abput it afterwards.
  7. The Brightline

    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 that once th line gets built. I woud think they would want to add the convention center, though, as that is far more likely a destination for Miamians that Orlando airport. SOM is good at this stuff and will help them figure out the best placement of their stations. The big question now is how much resistance Scott and his interests will put up. On one hand this will create a fight over roadway projects and associated insutries, as well as shipping and freight. On the other hand, this maximizes profits for a communications infrastructure those industries really need. How much are they wiling to risk biting the hand that feeds them?
  8. Orlando Transit

    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 Miami line if that is not going to go to the convention center. I am still concerned about the high ticket price, though.
  9. Orlando Transit

    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 efficient, and boosts the train. Even better - there is now an addition incentive, private even, to getting a connection to Tampa!
  10. Metro Orlando Airport News

    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.
  11. Creative Village [Proposed]

    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 - tearing it down is pretty much antithetical to the idea of a creative environment. That should have been the spark right there. Now, this does not necessarily work for the city that is looking for quick returns on taxes, which is why I dont think the city would ever do anything like this, and why I dont think they will succeed. It doesn't bring in immediate big corporations. But it does bring in those people who start businesses, who are looking to create and grow into new corporations. Thus the creative city is not the resource of funding itself, but rather the engine which makes those resources develop. Perhaps the true creative village just needs to find a new place to come into being.
  12. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    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 the area really become more lively, and thus draw that kind fo street atmosphere, you need socialization places - something to draw people out of their cars and make them walk around. A good Saturday/Wednesday market could do wonders, as would a decent safe gathering place where the tourists could hang out. Yeah, that means drawing more tourists to the area, but more tourists bring more business, which allows smaller local businesses to survive.
  13. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    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 "town center".
  14. Creative Village [Proposed]

    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.