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    Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    I lived in Hartford from 2009-2012, less than two miles from the city center, and almost never had any reason to be downtown. The occasional concert or restaurant, but barely - and I never had warm fuzzy feelings when I was. Downtown Orlando (especially Lake Eola Park, Eola South, Thorton Park and Church Street) feels much more dynamic than Hartford ever did to me. Granted, Hartford has a more interesting stock of older architecture, and having the Wadsworth, Science Center, and convention center all within blocks of each other puts it well head of Orlando in that regard, but to me, Orlando still feels vibrant by comparison.
  2. In my nearly 15 years on Urban Planet, that's the closest I've come to admitting my identity.
  3. I graduated from the Visual & Perf. Arts magnet at Dr. Phillips in 2005, and they'd already ditched magnet buses by my time there. I want to say OCPS defunded them sometime between 2000-2002, so this isn't anything new. What's new is that it would be a stand alone program, and not a "school-within-a-school" like all of the other magnets are. I've definitely been curious what impact this would have on Dr. Philips's VPA program. That being said, @RedStar25, have you heard about this recently? I hadn't in years and was wondering if this part of the DPAC project had been shelved.
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    Other Metro Area Projects

    Wouldn't it be a wonder if this same political will were directed toward a mass transit link between OCCC/I-Drive and the airport. I don't mean to say I necessarily oppose the current expansion efforts - but if we're having a conversation about competitiveness, how huge a coup would it be for Orlando to tout a direct rail link to OCCC as a selling point?
  5. It is shockingly tall, but not a change of plans - I am presuming it's to accommodate elements of the convertible space. These flying walls have to go somewhere:
  6. I'd not noticed it previously (or maybe I'd mistaken it for another building), but it's quite obviously visible in this old video:
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    Winter Park & Maitland

    Agreed - these additional stops are excessive for a commuter rail service. But if there were some sort of urban core corridor from Winter Park to Orlando Health running every 15 minutes, then this sort of station spacing makes a lot of sense.
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    520 Church St. | 12-Story Residential [Under Construction]

    We thank you for your sacrifice
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    Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    I would hypothesize a contributing factor very well might be that since most tourists never make it to the City proper, there are tons of folks voting in a survey like this who've visited Orlando but have never seen the skyline. Or, think I-Drive is the skyline...
  10. The Walt Disney Theater is designed for amplified sound - Broadway productions, etc. Steinmetz (Phase II) is a legit concert hall, designed for acoustic, unamplified sound - something Orlando has never had. Disney Theater was basically a replacement/upgrade from the Bob Carr. Steinmetz is bringing something completely new to the table. Most notable is Steinmetz's convertibility/differing interior configurations for orchestral, ballet and opera productions. Each medium has very specific needs, but few cities have the resources for specific dedicated halls for each their symphony, opera and ballet. Historically, convertibility of space is a trade-off with acoustics. If the finished product boasts as excellent an acoustic as they are aiming for in conjunction with this convertibility, it will be a major coup for Orlando and Steinmetz will very likely inform future concert hall design elsewhere.
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    I think @Urban Mail Carrier's point is that SunRail to UCF isn't just about connecting the campuses. It's about connecting UCF to the entire region via public transit. Much more than a campus-to-campus shuttle.
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    55 West

    What a friggin' disaster. Who approved this?!
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    Captial Plaza III

    Personally I love it. Smart lines, contextual to the neighborhood, couldn't be happier.
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    55 West

    I agree with you on the earth tones/warm colors, but was not a fan of the red specifically. This blue, however, is perhaps even worse. And the garage is horrifying.
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    THE Orlando Photo Thread

    Totally. This is the Orlando-based sitcom/drama opening credits view, haha.