OTown Interview

The O-Town Interview — Orlando Rolón

The Orlando Police Department has a new chief, Orlando Rolón. A 26-year veteran with the department, Rolón has served at just about every level within the organization including as a special advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer, commander of the Downtown Section, and nearly two decades in the Crisis Negotiation Team.  We met downtown at Craft & Common to discuss what […]

Swan City and the City Beautiful


If there were two things Andrew Chang liked the most, it would have to be swans and Orlando. That would be apparent to anyone—it’s right there, on his t-shirt. Chang started the “Swan City” t-shirt business last year after feeling compelled to give Orlando residents something with which they can show their love for the city. Recently, his business has […]

O-Town Interview: Chris Castro

In getting to know Chris Castro, the City of Orlando’s director of sustainability, you can start with his time as a student at the University of Central Florida. While there, Chris and some friends recognized that UCF needed to get better at environmental impact planning. To say they took action is an understatement.

O-Town Interview: Julia Young, Page 15

Julia Young is the founder and executive director of Page 15. This local nonprofit organizes many different programs that aim to enhance reading and writing abilities for kids of all ages. Page 15 organizes events including the High School Writers Competition, Young Writers Summer Camp and Page 15 Parramore, an after-school literacy program.   Young is also co-founder and executive director of the Urban Think Foundation, an umbrella organization of Page 15 and Burrow […]


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