Downtown Beautification: Orlando

September 17, 2013 26 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Orlando wants to have a "big city" downtown. While not there yet, it's well on its way. Over the last decade, the skyline has doubled in size and the number of downtown residents has increased to 12,000. From Bus Rapid Transit and commuter rail to allowing billboards, sidewalk dining and attracting suburban colleges to invest in the core, the elements of urbanism that Jacksonville continues to struggle to embrace are finding a way to flourish in this urban setting. Nevertheless, what really stands out is the high level of service applied to keeping the streets clean and public spaces well landscaped and maintained. Metro Jacksonville wants you to see for yourself. Here is a brief look at the streets of downtown Orlando.


The entrance to the Plaza.


The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts may be one of downtown Orlando's most exciting projects underway.  


When complete, the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts will include a 2,700 seat amplified hall, a 1,700 seat acoustical hall, a 300 seat community theater, an outdoor plaza, performance and educational space.


This existing office tower within close proximity to the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts is being converted into an Aloft Hotel.


The manicured entrance to Orlando's city hall.


Looking at Orlando's city hall building.

Images by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at

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