Downtown Orlando

What is Downtown Orlando known for?


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of the following: * The Orlando Science Center * The Orlando Shakespeare Theater * The Orlando Museum of Art * The Orlando Repertory Theatre * The Mennello Museum of American Art * Loch Haven Community Center The "Cultural Park Master Plan" published in 2009, details plans to expand Loch Haven Park to former USDA property located adjacent the park, and calling for additional cultural institutions to be housed onsite. http: www.cityoforlando.net fpr html PDFs


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and will be built in phases. Phase I began in 2012 and will include a 2,800 seat amplified hall and a 300 seat theater for smaller productions. Phase II, construction date unknown, will include a 1,700 seat acoustic hall for ballet, orchestra, and opera performances. * Florida Citrus Bowl - Located to the west of downtown, the Florida Citrus Bowl is an outdoor venue for sports and large events. The structure is undergoing major reconstruction with partial demolition having begun in late


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thoroughfare in Orlando (Orlando, Florida), Florida, United States, and is the city's main tourist strip. I-Drive is located several miles southwest of proper Downtown Orlando in the southernmost limits of the city. The International Drive area serves a similar purpose to that of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) as the core of the tourism area. Then, generally on December 30 of every year (In rare occasions, the parade is done on the 29th, because December 30 is a Sunday, or 31 December, if the Capital One Bowl game comes on January 2), the streets of Downtown Orlando are packed with visitors from other places who come to see their high school marching band and the marching bands for the two universities (university) which will have the match up at the Capital One Bowl that year.


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January 2014. Reconstruction will cost just under $200 million and, upon completion in April 2015, will be approximately 80% new. http: bungalower.com 2014 01 citrus-bowl-demolition-begins-today A more ambitious project planned for downtown calls for completely transforming the '''Orlando Centroplex''', the home of the former Amway Arena, into a "Creative Village". The project is to be privately funded and plans call for satellite schools for the University


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to as '''''Links'''''. Standard adult one-way fare is $2 with free single transfers valid for 90 minutes (not valid on the same Link or for round trips). LYNX runs the zero-fare '''LYMMO''' Bus (Link 31) in Downtown Orlando, connecting many downtown destinations to parking and the new LYNX Central Station by controlling traffic signals on a three-mile route along a fully separate right-of-way. All LYNX buses (Links), except the LYMMO, have bike racks (2 bike capacity) for use


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January 2014. Reconstruction will cost just under $200 million and, upon completion in April 2015, will be approximately 80% new. http: bungalower.com 2014 01 citrus-bowl-demolition-begins-today A more ambitious project planned for downtown calls for completely transforming the '''Orlando Centroplex''', the home of the former Amway Arena, into a "Creative Village". The project is to be privately funded and plans call for satellite schools for the University

of Central Florida and the University of Florida, * Downtown


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Thornton Park is located immediately east of Lake Eola Heights and is centered on Lake Lawsona along Thornton Ave. The area is similar to Lake Eola Heights, in that it contains historical homes and the streets are paved with brick. However, Thornton Park has a more "cosmopolitan" feel, as it is the location of exclusive restaurants, high-end fashion boutiques, and The Sanctuary, which has some of the most expensive condo units in Orlando. Other luxury condominium buildings in that area include The Waverly and 101 Eola (101 Eola (Orlando, FL)). It has also become one of the most desirable and expensive places to live in downtown, attracting young professionals and urban dwellers. As a result, the area has become a lively 24 7 neighborhood, with a diverse mix of people. Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando's oldest cemetery, is located just south of Thornton Park in the Lake Davis Greenwood neighborhood. Designed and plotted in 1880, it is the final resting place for many of the city's founders. http: www.greenwood-cemetery.net history.htm History Early years Prior to the arrival of European settlers in 1837, the Orlando area was occupied by the Native American (Native Americans in the United States) Creek (Muscogee (Creek)) and Seminole tribes. In 1838, Fort Gatlin was built a few miles south of downtown Orlando on the shores of modern day Lake Gatlin; where ruins of the fort remain to this day. Settlers knew the area as "Jernigan" until 1857; the "Town of Orlando" was incorporated in 1875 and centered on today's Church Street. Orlando became a city in 1885 and downtown was the only population center for many years. Church Street was the commercial hub for the new Orlando where original pioneers, such as Joseph Bumby of England, settled in the town and built a hardware store known as "Bumby Hardware Store". The store remained an Orlando fixture until the 1960s, but the name "Bumby" is still famous in the city. http: articles.orlandosentinel.com 1993-01-24 news 9301210657_1_bumby-orlando-robinson-springs 2 The location of the hardware store is now a Hamburger Mary's. Downtown's heyday By the 1920s, Orlando had grown from a cattle town to a major citrus growing center. The city constructed the Orlando Public Library in 1923, the Orlando Municipal Auditorium (now Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre) in 1926, and several grand hotels; namely the Angebilt and San Juan Hotels. By this time, the city's population had grown to 20,000 people. Great Depression to post-war years The federal government's Works Progress Administration programs during the Great Depression helped Orlando remain economically stable. New parks were developed, the Municipal Airport (now Orlando Executive Airport) was built, and the city also built a new football stadium at Tinker Field (now the site of Florida Citrus Bowl). By 1944, enough jobs were created to increase the city's population to 45,000 people. Orlando became a major military center when World War II brought the development of McCoy Air Force Base and Pinecastle AFB, located southeast of downtown. This status intensified with the 1968 opening of the Orlando Naval Training Center east of downtown. Decline and redevelopment Walt Disney World's 1971 opening in southwest Orange County brought major development to Orlando, but relatively little to the downtown area. During this time, development in downtown was mainly focused upon the construction of office towers, such as the Citrus Center and the original Sunbank building. However, downtown began to fall into a state of decline. The "Angebilt" and "San Juan Hotels" were abandoned and left to crumble. The San Juan was eventually demolished, but the "Angebilt Building" would be transformed in modern times into an office building with retail on the ground floor. Lake Eola Park became a haven for prostitutes and drug addicts. In addition, downtown department stores and family owned businesses closed or moved to the newly constructed Orlando Fashion Square mall. After the opening of Interstate 4, the downtown population base moved out of downtown to the suburbs. Efforts to revitalize downtown began in the mid 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Bob Snow opened ''Rosie O'Grady's'' in 1974 at Church Street Station (Church Street Station (Orlando)), which quickly became a popular attraction. In the mid 1980s, several skyscrapers were constructed; including SunTrust Center and Barnett Plaza (now Bank of America Center). Lake Eola Park was redesigned and the Walt Disney Amphitheater opened in the park around the same time the annual "Orlando Shakespeare Festival" was established. On the other hand, downtown's population base still had yet to rebound to previous levels and major corporations were still opening locations outside of the city center. http: www.city-data.com us-cities The-South Orlando-History.html The Orlando City Hall building, the city's third, opened in 1991 directly behind the previous City Hall, constructed in 1958. To clear the area for future development, the Orlando City Council chose to implode the 1950s building. The event was met with much local fanfare and was filmed for use in the opening scenes of the 1992 film Lethal Weapon 3. The area cleared is now occupied by CNL (CNL Financial Group) City Center Commons. Recent years Until the late 1990s, downtown was relatively small compared to other cities of Orlando's size. A building boom began in 1998 and continued through the 2000s decade. New commercial towers sprouted along Orange Avenue and residential towers were constructed around Lake Eola and along Magnolia Ave. CNL Financial Group established a major footprint in downtown with the construction of CNL City Center Commons, a complex of office towers surrounding Orlando City Hall. CNL continues to expand their presence downtown. As a result of the construction boom, downtown density doubled and Orlando's skyline dramatically changed. In 2005, the term "Manhattanization" was locally applied to Orange Avenue when a large number of construction cranes loomed over downtown. The late 2000s recession slowed large intensity skyscraper construction; but infill development continued downtown including construction of the Amway Center in 2009. In 2011, construction began on phase one of the long awaited Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts across from City


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Cultural_Park_Conceptual_Masterplan.pdf Arts & Culture * ''Calle Orange'', an annual heritage festival celebrating Puerto Rican culture. * The Orange County Regional History Center - Located on Central Blvd. The building was once the Orange County Courthouse. * Mad Cow Theatre produces a season of classical and contemporary plays and musicals in its intimate two-theatre complex. http: www.madcowtheatre.com *


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* Dutch (Netherlands) Consulate in Orlando * Austrian Consulate in Orlando * Jamaican Consulate Orlando Resulting from Orlando's reputation as a major international destination and many countries establishing embassies in the city, Orlando now has the second highest number of foreign consulates in Florida next to Miami. http: www.embassiesabroad.com embassies-in UnitedStates Popular culture Downtown Orlando's skyline can be seen in the films Passenger 57, Ernest Saves Christmas, D.A.R.Y.L., Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Lethal Weapon 3 (doubled for Los Angeles), and ''Miami Connection''. Seven Mary Three's fourth studio album is entitled Orange Avenue. Plans The '''Triple Crown for Downtown''', a construction initiative involving three high intensity public works projects, began in 2010. http: www.cityoforlando.net elected mayor speeches state_downtown_06.htm * Amway Center - The first initiative of the Triple Crown. Construction began in 2008 and was completed in October, 2010. It is the new home of the Orlando Magic, Orlando Solar Bears and the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (Arena Football League (2010)). In addition to other events, the venue has brought major concerts back to Orlando. * Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts - Located across from City Hall on Orange Ave, it will replace the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre and will be built in phases. Phase I began in 2012 and will include a 2,800 seat amplified hall and a 300 seat theater for smaller productions. Phase II, construction date unknown, will include a 1,700 seat acoustic hall for ballet, orchestra, and opera performances. * Florida Citrus Bowl - Located to the west of downtown, the Florida Citrus Bowl is an outdoor venue for sports and large events. The structure is undergoing major reconstruction with partial demolition having begun in late January 2014. Reconstruction will cost just under $200 million and, upon completion in April 2015, will be approximately 80% new. http: bungalower.com 2014 01 citrus-bowl-demolition-begins-today A more ambitious project planned for downtown calls for completely transforming the '''Orlando Centroplex''', the home of the former Amway Arena, into a "Creative Village". The project is to be privately funded and plans call for satellite schools for the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida, thoroughfare in Orlando (Orlando, Florida), Florida, United States, and is the city's main tourist strip. I-Drive is located several miles southwest of proper Downtown Orlando in the southernmost limits of the city. The International Drive area serves a similar purpose to that of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) as the core of the tourism area. Then, generally on December 30 of every year (In rare occasions, the parade is done on the 29th, because December 30 is a Sunday, or 31 December, if the Capital One Bowl game comes on January 2), the streets of Downtown Orlando are packed with visitors from other places who come to see their high school marching band and the marching bands for the two universities (university) which will have the match up at the Capital One Bowl that year.


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(VOTRAN), the county bus system. VOTRAN provides bus routes throughout the entire county, and provides for connections with the Orlando-based public bus system, LYNX (Lynx (transportation)), to Downtown Orlando and surrounding areas from the Saxon Boulevard Park N Ride (park and ride) facility at the Orange City Deltona city limits. The service was implemented to target approximately 20,000 commuters who commute daily from Deltona and Volusia County to Orlando. *This was the first major

feature production filmed almost entirely in Orlando, Florida at the then-unfinished Disney-MGM Studios (Disney's Hollywood Studios). Vern's house was actually a fa├žade located on Residential Street at Disney-MGM Studios, and was part of the Backlot Tour (Studio Backlot Tour) until it was demolished in 2002. *The remainder of the scenes were filmed in various locations in the greater Orlando area, including Orlando International Airport, Florida State Road 536 Epcot Center

Downtown Orlando

'''Downtown Orlando''' is the historic core and central business district of Orlando, Florida, United States. It is bordered by Marks Street in the north, Mills Avenue (SR 15 (SR 15 (FL))) in the east, Orange Blossom Trail (US 441 (US 441 (FL))) in the west, and Kaley Avenue in the south. There are five enclaves in downtown; "Uptown" in the north around Lake Ivanhoe, "Lake Eola Heights" and "Thornton Park" in the east around Lake Eola, "Parramore" in the west, and the "Central Business District" (or the "Financial District") between Colonial Dr and Lake Lucerne in the center. In 2010, the estimated population of downtown was 44,300. http: www.city-data.com neighborhood Downtown-Orlando-Orlando-FL.html The daytime population was estimated to be 65,000. of that year. The 5-mile radius population of downtown is 265,100. http: downtownorlando.com business statistics

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