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Yes I am tourist but I usually avoid the theme parks but did go to Disney Springs.  I knew they were restricting crowd size but did not know they had temperature checks in order to get in and masks we

^^ Spenser1058, you really need to do a podcast or something like that; YouTube perhaps where you're getting paid to blog.  your analysis and commentary is truly a great thing.  No BS, I mean it.

Orlando will host the Special Olympics USA games in 2022: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-ne-desantis-special-olympics-orlando-20190312-story.html From the Se

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Well, here's the Deseo Grande development, a five story apartment building on one of the parking lots of former Artegon, now known as Dezerland.  It will have 365 units.  It is good "infill" or "I-Drive infill" if there is a thing; good to bring residents and good to convert a large surface lot.

https://www.multihousingnews.com/post/american-landmark-dezer-begin-orlando-development/

On Google satellite, the garage is built and the foundations of the building(s) are poured-ish.

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On 8/16/2021 at 3:14 PM, jrs2 said:

Well, here's the Deseo Grande development, a five story apartment building on one of the parking lots of former Artegon, now known as Dezerland.  It will have 365 units.  It is good "infill" or "I-Drive infill" if there is a thing; good to bring residents and good to convert a large surface lot.

https://www.multihousingnews.com/post/american-landmark-dezer-begin-orlando-development/

On Google satellite, the garage is built and the foundations of the building(s) are poured-ish.

Excited to see more people living on I-Drive. This corridor has the potential to be a world class urban experience in the future and I hope it lives up to it (if it capitalizes on taller buildings and brings light rail to the corridor).  While this projects pushes I-Drive in the right direction, I would love to see taller residential and mixed buildings (10+ stories at least, but to the scale of the Hyatt Regency is ideal). Outside of downtown I-Drive has the least amount of height restrictions within the region, they need to start capitalizing on this! This is prime real estate and I hate to see regular apartment developments that we see all across the region placed in such a superior location.

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O-Town West by Unicorp (the White Castle development).

https://finfrock.com/project/city-center-at-o-town-west/

Check out the link.  They signed Marriott Vacations Intl. and Finrock to design and build.  Did anyone post on this yet?  Being that this is Unicorp, this is of course getting done and sooner than later.

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White Castle and Portillos in those plazas are already open.   There's a small plot cemetery back there that will have to be relocated to make way for Publix.  My dad actually complained to the state over them just burning all the trees when they cleared the site instead of burying them under the pond.   That said, some of those aerial shots took me back to the early 00's when I was a teenager and driving down Fenton by that tower with dates.

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I don’t know if we can stand all the excitement in Winter Haven as Legoland Florida, celebrating its 10th anniversary, announced yet another new attraction opening in 2022:


https://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/202110/8551/

From Theme Park Insider 

Maybe Masterpiece Gardens and Chalet Suzanne folded too quickly, but Bok Tower is forever (not to mention Spook Hill)!

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By the 2030 census, Polk County could be within shouting distance of 1,000,000 population.  There are a couple of amazing things about that: it’s a little unusual to break that line and yet have no major city (although I guess OC, CA comes to mind). Also, as counties pass 1M, they tend to become bluer these days, but all the retiree subdivisions and towns down there are moving things the other way again.

Demographically, it’s a fascinating county.

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By the 2030 census, Polk County could be within shouting distance of 1,000,000 population.  There are a couple of amazing things about that: it’s a little unusual to break that line and yet have no major city (although I guess OC, CA comes to mind). Also, as counties pass 1M, they tend to become bluer these days, but all the retiree subdivisions and towns down there are moving things the other way again.

Demographically, it’s a fascinating county.

Right along those lines...

How Tampa and Orlando could become the next ‘megaregion’
Central Florida is made up of two distinct metro areas, said one developer. But soon the space connecting these cities could look almost indistinguishable.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2021/10/13/how-tampa-and-orlando-could-become-the-next-megaregion/?fbclid=IwAR2Y6zVYyM73RSi0DRblFwbr4JFLtb3OSCP6wjdkCu_MpE0YBxheLmdShns

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Right along those lines...

How Tampa and Orlando could become the next ‘megaregion’
Central Florida is made up of two distinct metro areas, said one developer. But soon the space connecting these cities could look almost indistinguishable.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2021/10/13/how-tampa-and-orlando-could-become-the-next-megaregion/?fbclid=IwAR2Y6zVYyM73RSi0DRblFwbr4JFLtb3OSCP6wjdkCu_MpE0YBxheLmdShns

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Right along those lines...

How Tampa and Orlando could become the next ‘megaregion’
Central Florida is made up of two distinct metro areas, said one developer. But soon the space connecting these cities could look almost indistinguishable.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2021/10/13/how-tampa-and-orlando-could-become-the-next-megaregion/?fbclid=IwAR2Y6zVYyM73RSi0DRblFwbr4JFLtb3OSCP6wjdkCu_MpE0YBxheLmdShns

well, infrastructure-wise, SoFla and Orlampa are so different. 

Another Chicago reference coming:  Burnham did the Miami grid plan as well.  And the Miami grid continues due north into PBCo.  It's a lot like Chicago structurally street-grid-wise.  Orlando and Tampa don't have that super-regional grid aesthetic (if you can call it that).  For starters, there would have to be a second expressway connecting the two much like Fla Tnpk & I-95 down south do.  And, until there is CRT connecting Orlando to St. Pete, it's just not the same thing as SoFla with TriRail (and now BL).  Maybe BL to Tampa would fill those shoes- but it's about commuting patterns.  

If Polk surpassed 1M, then, yes, it would be like a link between the two metros.  But I almost feel like it will be more like an LA sort of thing, or Baltimore-Washington... the coastal cities with rather large "grids" are Chicago, Miami, Detroit, and Cleveland, where you see the same straightaway thoroughfares for dozens of miles.

Also, I don't know if East Polk by I-4 will ever get dense with development.  The "glue" of SoFla is that every exit on I-95 is an E-W roadway that reaches to the coast- that is the continuity of SoFla and it's collective identity.  I don't think you have anything like that here between Orlando and Tampa.

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These carnival-like rides are turning I-Drive into another version of Old Town, when it seemed for years that the vision for I-Drive was less gimmicky.

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On 10/21/2021 at 8:08 AM, prahaboheme said:

These carnival-like rides are turning I-Drive into another version of Old Town, when it seemed for years that the vision for I-Drive was less gimmicky.

I disagree with the Old Town sentiment. I think these are a big improvement over the carnival rides at Old Town. Also, these are just one aspect of the area. It's a good mix of entertainment and dining right now. The future really depends on how well the convention center can rebound. Without it, yeah we'll see more 192 style developments filling in. I'm also curious what happens to Magical Midway now. 

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Something to ponder - we’ve always tried to get corporate relocations to take us seriously by keeping tech, finance and other industries separate from the theme parks.

The more we start looking like Myrtle Beach, however, the case can be made that job gets harder.

 

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