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Nice pics Cody. Maybe you should take pics before every Magic home game since they finally snapped their home losing streak last night. Pics = Wins. That should be the new game plan. :thumbsup:

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How bout this? Before the Magic game tonight

*clapping hands and jumping up and down like a jr high cheerleader*

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I'm ganking this photo (and retouching it) from a new SSP thread because it's such a unique perspective of the Downtown Orlando skyline and too good not to share with everybody here. Hope the original poster doesn't mind.

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This picture actually makes it look like we have a respectable skyline! :thumbsup:

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I'm ganking this photo (and retouching it) from a new SSP thread because it's such a unique perspective of the Downtown Orlando skyline and too good not to share with everybody here. Hope the original poster doesn't mind.

downtownwg6.jpg

This picture actually makes it look like we have a respectable skyline! :thumbsup:

We do have a respectable skyline! This is about the best skyline pic of Orlando that I've ever seen. Orlando pics are usually taken from a different perspective that most cities aren't. Ours are almost always from Lake Eola which is already in the heart of downtown so while you have some beautiful pics, you really cannot view the skyline properly. This picture is similar to how most people take pictures of other cities skylines. This is the type of picture that should be on a postcard. Thanks for the awesome picture!

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I'm ganking this photo (and retouching it) from a new SSP thread because it's such a unique perspective of the Downtown Orlando skyline and too good not to share with everybody here. Hope the original poster doesn't mind.

downtownwg6.jpg

This picture actually makes it look like we have a respectable skyline! :thumbsup:

This is an awesome photo!!

The perspective of this angle shows off great density thereby not creating the spaced out perspective the skyline usually shows in other photos

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I'm trying to figure out where it was taken.

Looks like somewhere around west Michigan near OBT or Rio Grande.

Or west Kaley around Division, maybe?

Edited by JFW657

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It's not the size of the buildings, though. That's where Orlando gets it wrong. And that is why there is always one more big building and a lot of hype, and nothing comes of it, and you are looking for one more building...

It's about content. It's about having an urban feel. About interest and diversity. A vibe that is somehow missing from Orlando proper. So even if Orlando has more tall buildings than Cleveland or Providence or any other city, it still doesn't feel like a city. Because there is no urban feel to it. It's why a little place like Portland Maine has so few tall buildings yet feels like a city. Don't think in quantity. Think in quality.

I have to disagree a bit about Orlando not having an urban feel to it. I think that has changed drastically in the past few years. The rebirth of Thornton Park and what I like to call SoEo (South Eola) has a very urban feel to it and although it's bound to change, downtown proper has had the nightlife scene happening. I can see the nightlife scene changing some in the years to come with less seedy venues and more nice restaurants and ultra lounges and becoming more "adult oriented" once the new residential towers start to fill up and the residents bring about some changes. I remember Miami in the 70s and early 80s and it was more of a ghost town downtown and South Beach then Orlando is now. I remember one little shop on Ocean Drive that was kind of cool, I forget the name, and that was it except for the dilapidated hotels. By the mid to late 80s things really took off. A lot can happen in a short amount of time, Miami is an example of that. I see a similar trend in Orlando. In ten years Orlando could be a bustling city night and day. It's happening in Tampa and also in St. Pete. I think Parramore is going to play a big part in the city's development, you can see it being primed for it now. A big chunk of it has become that new park, the arena will be in a better location than the current arena because it's in more of a business section of Parramore on West Church. And Uptown is bound to start happpening sometime soon, especially with the Florida Hospital expansion. It's almost like North Orange is similar to the road from downtown Miami to the Grove (which here is Park Avenue). And look at how Winter Park is developing, soon Park Ave and Winter Park Village will be connected. That is why my friend from Cleveland thought Orlando was bigger, not because of the skyline neccesarily, it was because there is a lot of walkable areas and parks and shopping (Thornton Park and Winter Park and Colonialtown and College Park and the fact that Millenia is not off in some distant suburb but connects the two Orlando's together. And also the fact that there is a decent mall in the downtown area still surviving and also Baldwin Park. Most development in other older "big" cities is in the suburbs. We ate lunch at Pei Wei and the crowd in there was very city trendy like. Which means if Orlando Fashion Square can get some of the newer trendier retailers in there the market for that is surrounding it with downtown and Baldwin Park. The mall itself is very clean and attractive inside for a mall that age and I know since Herndon Plaza has been redone that Fashion Square will soon be heading in the right direction. It won't be a Millenia, but it can surely be an Altamonte (which my friend from Cleveland was also fascinated with what's happening there.) We get way to critical about Orlando but as a city it is gaining residents which is not the national trend. So Orlando has not peaked yet, it is yet to be seen what it is to become.

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I couldnt' agree with you more Metrowester. We are not quite the city we all want and hope to be YET, but we are definitely in the process and headed in the right direction. Although these transitions can happen fast, they don't happen overnight. I left Orlando for a number of years for school, when I returned I was AMAZED at the transformations going on throughout the area. Before I left the only residential options even close to the CBD were the Lutheran towers and some other assisted living communities. Just the thought of living in the CBD/Eola area was unheard of. So just the existing condos we have now are worlds away from the Downtown I left. Fashion Square and that entire area were on there last legs and Baldwin Park was nothing more than speculation. Now the entire area has a very nice vibe and is always bustling (try finding a parking spot in the Target/LA fitness shopping plaza at just about any time of day). I grew up near Altamonte Mall. The new Uptown at Altamonte is just MINDBLOWING to me. The mall make over and the new Crane's Roost are nothing short of spectacular to someone who used to run around the lake during my high school "athletic" days.

Overall I do feel like Orlando has a developing Urban vibe because it doesn't have the same feel as before I left. It's no longer an area where I drive from one parking lot to another without feeling any cohesiveness with the surrounding areas. When I head downtown now, I park once and walk for the rest of the time. Same goes for my grocery shopping. I'll park once and hit the Publix and the Asian supermarkets in one trip and maybe even stop off to get something to eat. I have lived in other major urban areas (Boston/DC/San Francisco). We're not there yet, but we are also no longer the strip mall surburbia mecca that I remember. We are on the move and I'm just hoping to keep up.

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Great point but I wouldnt consider fashion square mall area as urban and definitely wouldnt say that downtown Orlando has a lot of shopping. I know a lot of people that live at that area considered themselves downtown.

I think downtown stop at south of Eola Park.

So your friend actually seriously think this

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is bigger than this?

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I think downtown stop at south of Eola Park.

Downtown stops at the 408 Exwy. to the south, Lake Ivanhoe to the north, Division Ave. to the west & Summerlin Ave. to the east if you're south of Colonial Dr. & Magnolia Ave. to the east if you're north of Colonial Dr.

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sunshine: i'm really not wanting to start a who's city/skyline is bigger. . .but you gotta compare apples with apples when comparing them like you did in those 2 pictures.

the orlando skyline is taken from 6-7 miles away from relatively low altitude, so you pretty much only see what's peeking up above the treeline. . . while the cleveland skyline's taken from an angle looking down, making it look a lot denser in my opinion.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1028/134774...dd56163.jpg?v=0

courtesy of the Gent Family Photos on flickr

it's still not 100% what im looking for, angle wise, but i think you get my point there.

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