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Popping the “campus bubble” and transforming a neighborhood


When Creative Village officially opens for classes on Aug. 26, students majoring in fields from digital media to health-services administration will be welcomed to Downtown Orlando. College and university campuses have a history of being separated from the rest of the community when based in a large city (think the phrase “town and gown”), and students in higher education can […]

Milk District businesses repurpose existing buildings


“Repair, not replace” has been the trend for newly opened businesses in the Milk District. Zac Alfson is the executive director of the Milk Street District and spent a portion of his time speaking at the State of the Milk about commercial buildings in the district that have been repurposed by their new tenants. He said Main Street Districts are […]

Community Spotlight: Rotary Club of Orlando’s new president


After serving as a member for 12 years, Bill Peeper will be made president of the Orlando Rotary Club on Aug. 1. It’s not the first time he’s been president of an organization, though. Peeper’s last stint was a 20-year career as the president of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). He, then, joined Orlando Rotary in 2007, […]

Community reacts to possible North Quarter traffic conversion


Bikers, pedestrians, drivers and city officials reacted to the possibility of North Quarter’s two busiest roads being converted to two-way streets. More than 24,000 vehicles combined travel on North Orange and North Magnolia Avenues per day, according to the North Quarter Vision Study. The study determines the feasibility of a two-way road conversion of North Orange Avenue and North Magnolia […]

Hold My Beer: Orlando in a mug


You can learn a lot about Orlando from the carbonated beverages named after it. Whether it’s the roads that connect us, the neighborhoods that we live in or the residents that give it its zest, local breweries show their connection to the community with true flavor. Representing your ‘hood is key for a new brewery. When Glenn Closson found the […]

August artist of the month: Michelle Jones, blending music and light


If you missed Michelle Jones and Violectric perform at Lake Eola last December, be sure to be downtown this year on Dec. 14. Jones’ seven-member band blends music and light in a unique and totally modern way.Jones grew up in Spartanburg, North Carolina, but the lure of performing in the happiest place on Earth soon brought her here to Orlando. […]

August recommended events

Kids’ End-of-Summer Celebration Aug. 3   2 p.m. Orlando Public Library hosts this end-of-summer event for ages 6 to 12. Celebrate an exciting summer of learning with prizes, games and more. 101 E Central Blvd. www.ocls.info/kids-summer-reading-program-2019   Mexican Gastronomic Festival Aug. 17           Noon The Mexican Consulate in Orlando hosts the fifth-annual “Ven A Comer” event on the International Bridge […]

O-Town Interview: Lisa Cuatt aims to beautify Thornton Park


#Downtownforgrownups is the hashtag of Thornton Park, and Lisa Cuatt has helped the Thornton Park District (TPD) cater to that audience as executive director of TPD. Originally from upstate New York, Cuatt found a love for art when she visited New York City for a family vacation. She has brought that love of art into her work, making strides to […]

People of O-town: Lisa Novak volunteers for Eola swans


Before Lisa Novak became a volunteer with the swans of Lake Eola, she worked tirelessly in the corporate world of Central Florida. A resident of Thornton Park, her daily commute to work involved swans, the beautiful scenery of Lake Eola and the friendly faces of Downtown Orlando, a city she has called home for the past 11 years. After 23 […]

The Works Progress Administration comes to Orlando


The Works Progress Administration (WPA) stands as one of the United States government’s most ambitious and far-reaching programs. This policy, enacted during Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency from May 6, 1935, until June 30, 1943, aimed to combat the widespread economic crisis of the Great Depression. It cost $5 billion ($186 billion today), employed 8.5 million workers and completed more than one […]


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