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  1. They just need to be hit/run over a couple times (which shouldn't take long, this is Orlando). That should motivate a solution
  2. I understand how these plans might make some folks uncomfortable. And I, too, find celebrating potential economic benefit to the area abhorrent. On the other hand, I personally find this design quite triumphant and I was truly happy to hear it was the winner. As a gay kid who grew up in Orlando in the late nineties/early aughts and felt very accepted by my community (for which I am incredibly grateful), one of the many difficult parts of seeing this tragedy unfold from afar was witnessing people react as if they were not surprised this happened in "backwoods" Orlando. A good number of people outside of Florida seem to have difficulty understanding that any city in Florida might be even remotely progressive, and I found myself coming to Orlando's defense in casual conversation with upsetting frequency in the months after Pulse. Visibility has been and continues to be such a cornerstone of LGBTQ+ progress, it strikes me as courageous to respond to such a terrible act of violence against the community with such a bold, striking design. In the state whose former governor took 48 hours to even mention the LGBTQ+ community after Pulse happened and whose current governor forgot to mention the LGBTQ+ community entirely in a Pulse proclamation this June, I can't help but to interpret this design as a celebration of, and victory for visibility. I'm not sure there is a right or wrong here, just sharing my own reaction...
  3. Interesting reveal on the location: "The agreement also calls for a 625-space parking garage and an outdoor plaza on the property, bordered by Amelia and Concord streets and Ronald Blocker Avenue downtown." Am I interpreting this correctly?
  4. ^Yes, I've been glad to see The Sentinel really digging in on this. Kudos. On a lighter note, I don't remember seeing this posted earlier - just stumbled across this great flyover of Terminal C construction from back in July.
  5. I agree that Pine and Central matter tons more, but it's not like this had to be an either/or. It's not just the door - it's the awful empty wall. And I resent what I see as big league developers who know better taking advantage of the city (who SHOULD know better). How did this sneak past the ARB? I'm still glad for the building overall. I just hate when the small stuff gets screwed up for no good reason.
  6. I don't know, I was pretty shocked when I was home over Christmas and walked by...my reaction was legit "since when is Rosalind an alley?"
  7. Exactly. This was my original point a page or so back - student density will be a major catalyst in bringing things to CV that potentially benefit the broader downtown population, and CV can easily become a destination neighborhood.
  8. That seems short sighted - there may be no reason for a non-student to go to Creative Village now, but I really do see an interesting neighborhood with tons of potential sprouting up. The influx of students should open up new dining and retail possibilities in the neighborhood. Without being overly optimistic, having a college campus of 8,000 students is an objectively significant demographic bump downtown hasn't before experienced. Once a few interesting restaurants open, not to mention a significant urban park, why wouldn't this be a neighborhood people go to? That being said, I agree that Creative Village is a gimmicky name, but I don't think the name should be so insular as to only refer to UCF either. But it's a moot point anyway - not like the name will be changing any time soon.
  9. ^May I request a history lesson on this one?
  10. I agree! I was initially worried during the transition (and may have made a regrettably snarky comment or two about it here), but the level has been much more consistent as of late. A great resource for Orlando!
  11. Haha, just came here to post the same link. Great video footage!
  12. That's the business model though - get the rich folks in for the specialty goods, and then markup the staples 2-4x for insane profit margins and hope no one notices...
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