Tag Archives: Florida

Ten Planning Lessons from Orlando/Winter Park


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 … Continue reading

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America’s most beautiful downtown – my vote is St. Augustine


I have had the great pleasure of visiting many communities across America ranging in size from hamlet to town to major city. This includes visits to parts of 49 states. Until this past week’s visit to St. Augustine, Florida I … Continue reading

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When a suburb becomes larger than the core city


  Below are examples from the United States of suburbs which have outgrown and overtaken the core city of the metropolitan area in population. As is evident from the list, many of these are planned retirement centers in Florida and … Continue reading

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City names with three+ sets of side-by-side matching letters


Below are eleven cities in the United States whose names have three or more sets of matching letters located side-by-side. Interestingly, all are from the Southern United States. Nearly two-thirds of them (seven) come from Florida and Georgia and are a … Continue reading

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PortMiami Tunnel to open in May


The twin-tube 4,200 foot long PortMiami Tunnel is scheduled to open to traffic in May of 2014. Under construction since 2010, the $1 billion public-private partnership project will extend Interstate 395 under the Government Cut shipping channel separating Watson Island and Dodge … Continue reading

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Miami to join the super-skyscraper club x 2


Just ten days ago I wrote about Philadelphia’s foray into the elite 1,000 foot skyscraper club. Well, Miami is about to join this illustrious group as well, but not with just one sky-high tower, but two. As a result, the … Continue reading

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Eclectic downtown placemaking at its best


Here are some photographs I took of historic and charming downtown Cocoa Village in the heart of Cocoa, Florida. Cocoa Village is a terrific example of eclectic smaller city downtown placemaking at its very best, including: Streetscaping Pedestrian and bicycle … Continue reading

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Cool surfing shops of Cocoa


While carvin’ a course in the Space Coast of Florida last week, which also happens to be home to the East Coast’s Surfing Capital in Cocoa Beach, I stumbled upon a radical line of footgear whose genesis was in the … Continue reading

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Excellence in small city planning


I had the honor last week to vacation in Brevard County, Florida. Of all the communities of this dynamic county, the City of Cape Canaveral immediately stood out as exemplary in its community planning efforts, particularly in regards to land … Continue reading

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The ultimate company town


I have visited Florida many times over the years, but this past week I came to realize that Orlando is truly the ultimate company town – in this case, it’s Disney’s company town. You can hardly go anywhere without the … Continue reading

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