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Old 04-20-2015, 07:01 AM
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Some photos from Shake Shack yesterday. Always love the patio by the water. Some people were out there on the water with their dog.



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Bellalago sunrise
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Old 08-08-2015, 05:25 PM
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Another glorious day in Orlando. Eating at Shake Shack lakeside and then paddleboarding in Lake Killarney never gets old. Last photo is of the Shake Shack at the I-Drive 360 complex that is opening later in the year, you guys in Orlando are so lucky to having a growing numbers of Shacks.







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Old 08-08-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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Nice pictures, do they have paddlebord rentals near there or did you bring your own??
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:05 PM
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Nice pictures, do they have paddlebord rentals near there or did you bring your own??
Thanks. I just rent one. The shop is right there in the plaza.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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So I figured it's been too long since there's been a comprehensive photo thread for Orlando's Downtown and near areas. My camera is far from great, but here goes anyways. One is a stock, since it was difficult to get a full arena perspective since the lights weren't on. Also, as noted by one of the pictures, CityView is at least looking pretty classy, though I now wish I would've gotten a shot of it with the rest of the neighborhood to sort of capture the changing nature. The arena has plenty of bells and whistles, which I'm not positive that I'm big on, but at very least, it's hard to deny that it is one of the, if not the most state of the art arenas in the NBA, or all of sports. I got to peek into the locker room (no pictures), but apparently they even have an underwater jogging machine in there.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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Church Street has really grown up before my eyes. I remember when first moving here, and even after the Magic took over the stadium, when your choices down there were essentially fast food, or bars that had more of a college-y vibe. It really has matured a lot, and I wanted to capture that. Note in the first shot how the stadium is visible from a vibrant downtown street that people almost have to walk on in order to get to the game... Other cities should take notes. Also worth noting that the Exchange Building, which was developed in 1889 with Plant as a Gateway to Tampa, unlike Tampa's major station (I think) was preserved. It's getting use to, as it will be home to a Ferg's unless something has changed, and more significantly is home to the largest startup and tech meetup in the Southeastern US. I realize that not all of these are on Church Street, but I do consider them all to be the Church Street District.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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Next up is the Wall Street District (I know, broad parameters!)

It actually is a pretty neat place to stroll down during the day, and I think it's cool to see the business professionals out enjoying lunch, a sharp contrast from later in the evening. I love the way City Hall (right?) lines up with the end of the street there. Yes, I did take a stock photo of The Beacham, yet to attend a concert there. As far as the OCRHC, has anyone visited there recently? I know it's like 10$, but if I have the opportunity to stay in Orlando, there's a good chance I'll get a membership there. It's at a modest 67,000 Sq. Feet, but that still gives it the distinction of being the largest museum in the downtown section of The Big 4 Cities (Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa). There are asterisks all over that claim, but who cares.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:24 PM
 
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A little under 9 months ago, I had the opportunity (everyone did, but that makes it sound more special) to attend the opening reception festivities at the DPPAC. Unfortunately, I didn't have the forethought to take pictures in advance. However, I figured that Orlando's "Front Porch" did need some love. 2 of these are stock, I'll leave you all to guess which! One thing I really like about the theater design is how even though it is brand new, it sort of gives more of a classic effect in appearance.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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For the final portion, I figured I'd add some random shots I had the opportunity to see while exploring downtown, each with a little guide.

1. This Church (Cathedral Church of St. Luke) has a very interesting history. For one thing, it was constructed by Frohman, Robb, and Little, the same guys who designed the Washington National Cathedral. For another thing, before moving into these cozy digs in 1922, the congregation and Orlando's early history was in some ways developed by a person who is likely one of the most influential to pass through Orlando, Francis Eppes. He was the grandson of Thomas Jefferson, and was actually quite close to him, becoming the only person who's land directly reached him in inheritance (after staying frequently at Monticello, he inherited the Poplar Forest Plantation, which today can still be visited). Following that, he moved to Tallahassee, and founded the Florida State Women's College, now known as the Florida State University. However, the guy invested all his money in the confederate dollar, which didn't count for much after the Civil War, and so penniless, he sought yet another fresh start in Orlando. He is now buried at Greenwood Cemetery.

2. Orlando Public Library. Because having a library that is aesthetically pleasing is so overrated! Yay brutalism and looking like a Cold War compound! All kidding aside, the library does seem to serve it's purpose quite well, and I've heard that the technology programs and Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center is excellent. However, the real kicker here is those real colorful looking things you see on the side of the building. Apparently there are levers on each of them, and if you press right, it makes music. Someone really does need to try that and confirm for me so that I save myself potential disappointment.

3. Orlando City Hall. I'd never been there, so there's that. Also, probably the most well known movie to be set in Orlando, Lethal Weapon 3, was located here, where the Old Orlando City Hall actually forreal gets blown up for one of the scenes.

4. Oh. And there's an art gallery inside. Not much else, but I suppose I can say I've been there now.

5. Remember Dr. Phillips? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Phillips_ (businessman) He was really smart and owned a lot of Citrus. And got this really sweet, hard to find house as a result. I think it's one of the better Victorians you'll find, especially in FL.

That's it for now, though I plan on doing another round DT at some point, plus some at UCF, and some other areas around town. Hope you all enjoyed!
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