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2019-07-01 E-Edition

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

Thornton Park mural commemorates century of women’s suffrage

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

Paintings of two major influencers of the women’s suffrage movement are framed by flowers and sun rays on the wall facing the Thornton Park laundromat. The newest mural in Thornton Park commemorates Beth Johnson, the first female state senator in Florida, and Mary Mcleod Bethune, the founder of Bethune-Cookman University. “One really cool fact about Mary Mcleod is that she […]

Milk District showing growth three years into inception

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

There’s a neighborhood on the east side of downtown where Orlando’s past and present meet. It’s a Main Street District with a business community that has thrived three years into its inception. The Milk District eclipses the fast-paced hustle of the downtown area with its distinctive suburban atmosphere, but make no mistake, the newest district in Downtown Orlando carries its […]

Children with disabilities celebrated at Make ‘m Smile event

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

There were llamas, bounce-houses, singing, painting, dancing, people on stilts and almost everything else that could make a kid smile. Nathaniel’s Hope, a non-profit organization that aims to support children with disabilities, held its 17th-annual Make ‘m Smile event June 1 at Lake Eola Park. The event began in 2002 when Tim and Marie Kuck lost their 4-year-old son. “To […]

The missing middle of housing

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

Back in January, we talked about how “density creates vitality” with all the new high-rise, mixed-use buildings going up in Downtown Orlando. Density doesn’t always come from mid-rises and high-rises, however. Urban planners refer to a “missing middle” of housing that newer cities, like Orlando, didn’t develop compared to older, pre-auto cities. According to MiddleMissingHousing.com, “Missing Middle is a range […]

Commissioner’s update: Two-way roads may be coming to North Quarter

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

In 2014, the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) launched an initiative to help chart the path for progress for Orlando’s city center entitled Project DTO, short for Project Downtown Orlando. The CRA encompasses the areas north to Lake Ivanhoe, south to Gore Street, east to Summerlin Avenue and west to Westmoreland Drive, which includes the North Quarter neighborhood. As part […]

Orlando certified as community wildlife habitat

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

After nearly two years of creating awareness, the City of Orlando became a certified community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation in April. Daniel Friedline, a sustainability project manager with the Office of Sustainability & Resilience, said that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides general guidelines on how many “points” a community must receive to obtain certification. To gain […]

The city made beautiful by those who live here

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

This month’s edition highlights many interesting events in Downtown Orlando, showcasing the passion and the dedication residents have for this community. The Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association is already planning its private-gardens tour for next year; the Thornton Park Neighborhood Association has chosen the neighborhood’s “Yard of the Season”; local artists have been beautifying Orlando with incredible murals that have historical […]

Orlando City Stadium renamed Exploria Stadium

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

After more than two years in a stadium with a generic name, Orlando City Soccer Club has sold the naming rights of their stadium to Exploria Resorts. What was Orlando City Stadium on Church Street is now Exploria Stadium. Exploria Resorts is based in Clermont, Florida, and is a timeshare company that also offers vacation rentals. The company has locations […]

Canine clean-up

By ops@our-hometown.com | June 28, 2019

We noticed you got that cute new puppy for Christmas! We also noticed that it must be the first time you’ve been a guardian of a dog in an urban downtown. How do we know this? Just look down on the sidewalk — or the bottom of my shoe! We love our dogs in Downtown Orlando — you only have […]