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Old 03-10-2011, 01:41 PM
 
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I have lived in both places. Orlando has Tampa beat on nightlife, varity of shopping, culture/diversity, the job market, and general "stuff to do". Plus Orlando's in the middle of the state so you can be in most major Florida cities within 1 to 5 hours. Tampa has beaches though. :/
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Orlando Maitland, Florida
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Ditto Brittany's comments and I would have to add that Orlando has a very strong economic job base, with "The Attractions", High Tech companies around UCF and in the North Seminole County region, and now the new UCF Medical School, Bernham Institute, Neymours Hospital, and Va Hospitals comprising a new Medical City in the Orange/Osceola County vicinity. Also, Orlando has the Magic, a brand new Arena, other sports teams and great theatre (the Mad Cow Theatre is my personal Favorite!).

And, we have LOTS of LAKES in Orlando, while only 50-60 minutes to the Atlantic Ocean. Close enough to get to the beach, but a safe enough distance so you don't have to worry about the Hurricanes so much.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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I believe the road system in Orlando is better (greenway, 528, 408, etc). Less congestion (believe it or not) than Tampa. I know we have I-4 but Tampa seems a little lacking in the roads department.
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Florida and CT
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I visited both cities looking at property, and I agree that Tampa's roads and highways are the worst (and scariest) that I experienced in Florida. Orlando was crowded, as it was January, but I'd rather drive through there than Tampa.

I saw Winter Park, Lake Nona, Lake Buena Vista, and Davenport. I'd be interested in knowing what some Orlando natives think of these places, and which area is closest to the better medical facilities and doctors.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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I visited both cities looking at property, and I agree that Tampa's roads and highways are the worst (and scariest) that I experienced in Florida. Orlando was crowded, as it was January, but I'd rather drive through there than Tampa.

I saw Winter Park, Lake Nona, Lake Buena Vista, and Davenport. I'd be interested in knowing what some Orlando natives think of these places, and which area is closest to the better medical facilities and doctors.
Lake Nona is right next to the new medical facility, but I'd opt to live in Winter Park, which is about than 25 minutes away.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Florida and CT
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Thanks - also, I would think the new medical facility may or may not necessarily be the biggest or best. Are there other good ones in the Orlando or surrounding areas?

I also liked Davenport; but it seems farther out.
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