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Ivanhoe Village Development & Theatre Downtown


Recently, Orlando Weekly reported about a proposed development project for Ivanhoe Village. Chance Gordy, a local developer, has expressed interest in buying up multiple warehouse buildings in the neighborhood and he’s hoping to replace them with a world-class mixed-use development featuring green space, restaurants, retail and apartments. The project will certainly alter the character of the little neighborhood just north of downtown, and residents immediately expressed concern that the businesses at the heart of the thriving economy in that area – mostly creative businesses, including the Venue and Steadfast Brands clothing, to name just a couple – will be displaced. Gordy has been meeting with neighborhood stakeholders to talk about making spaces within the new development to accommodate the arts …
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Floridan Aquifer, Ballot Amendment 1


On Oct. 2, the New York Times reported on California’s water crisis. In some places in the state near the Sequoia National Forest, residents’ wells have dried up. Their taps have run dry, rivers and lakes are drying up and there is no water left to shower on once-lush landscaping.
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Amazon Business Practices


It’s no secret that big-box stores are making it harder for local mom-and-pop shops to stay afloat. Wal-Marts, Home Depots and Barnes and Nobles have been blamed for putting local grocery chains, hardware stores and book shops out of business for as long as they’ve been around. But now there’s a retailer that’s making it harder even for the big box stores to make a go of it – Amazon.com
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Orlando and BBIF property


Orlando Weekly’s Erin Sullivan talks about the city of Orlando and the announcement that it would buy back land from the Black Business Investment Fund for its fair-market value of $2 million dollars- more than double what it sold it for to make way for its plan to build a new soccer stadium downtown.
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