In terms of diversity and inclusiveness, the Orlando region of today is much improved compared to the Orlando of 50 years ago.
Unlike much of the Orlando area, Winter Park has successfully maintained/employed new urbanism, walkability, and traffic calming techniques such as brick streets, narrow streets, and traffic islands.
If a encircled inner suburb city wants to learn how to remain vibrant and thrive, then it should closely study Winter Park, Florida.
Cities like Orlando-Winter Park and Minneapolis that are dotted with crystal blue lakes benefit from the scenic vistas, open spaces, and refreshing and cooling air derived from these lakes.
Despite continuous sprawl, there are truly beautiful inner city neighborhoods in Orlando (such as Ivanhoe Village, Audubon Park, and Lake Eola Heights) and throughout much of Winter Park that don’t require lengthy and wasteful automobile commutes.
The amount and extent of planning that is necessary to prepare a community and to adapt its infrastructure for future hurricanes is enormous and impressive.
Major airports like Orlando International, are vast cities unto themselves with their own issues of transportation/mass transit, employment, governing, environmental, crime, waste removal, and temporary housing (hotels) to tackle.
Residents of cities with numerous toll highways probably have a better understanding of the true costs of highway construction, care, and maintenance when they are paying toll charges every few miles than those who drive freeways.
A rhetorical question – Is there a point where a city/region has forsaken itself by becoming too much of a tourist town?
Despite the region’s many successes, as was so well depicted in the film, The Florida Project; there still remains a nagging sense of despair beneath the glossy surface glitz in this land of magic and theme parks.