Fortune has published a new article on Lake Nona, outlining the massive mixed-use development near Orlando International Airport and progress it has made over the past 10 years.
The article provides a good summary of the development and the people – and money – behind it. That includes an interview with Tavistock developer Joe Lewis, comments from Jeb Bush, a well-done description of the players involved at Lake Nona. And it highlights Lake Nona’s “5,000 permanent, higher-paying jobs, with 25,000 more expected by 2029.”
Writer Jennifer Reingold apparently took a helicopter tour of the region. She describes Lake Nona as “both homey and pleasing -- a realization that is almost shocking for an urban snob like me, who previously viewed Orlando as drab sprawl to be endured out of devotion to one’s children and their need to make a pilgrimage to Disney World.”
One of the major problems noted by the Economic Development Commission here recently is that most people don't even realize Orlando has a downtown.
After reading the article, I have to wonder if people didnt show the writer downtown Orlando and our homey, pleasing neighborhoods such as Thornton Park, Lake Eola Heights and College Park.