Changemakers

This developer is upping Orlando’s street cred, one street at a time

This Orlando developer is making big changes — againIt's time to grow up 🌇Posted by Pulptown on Thursday, March 28, 2019MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Craig Ustler, president of the Ustler Development Group, is best known for transforming Thornton Park into a desirable and walkable neighborhood throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. He’s been heavily involved in […]

/ April 2, 2019


Changemakers: Meet the Orlandoans who are literally building our future

Orlando is growing rapidly and these are the folks working to make a difference when it comes to how we think about growth and architecture.

/ April 1, 2019


This Orlando non-profit founder wants to break the stigma against construction workers

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Debbie Rodriguez, founder and President of IBuild Central Florida, wants to change the stigma against construction workers and encourage more  people to become tradespeople. WHAT SHE’S DOING: Rodriguez owns two construction companies in the area and noticed a lack of qualified workers to do the work. When she talked with others across […]

/ April 1, 2019


Toolbox4Life is teaching the tools for life using actual tools

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: John Hursh is the co-founder of Toolbox4Life, an eight-week program that teaches adults the skills they need to work in a commercial kitchen or construction site. The project grew out of a nonprofit called 306 Foundation that Hursh and his wife, Jane, started in 2012 to connect communities through partnerships and networking. […]

/ April 1, 2019


Changemakers: Meet the Orlandoans who are shaping our transportation future

When it comes to getting around, the struggle is real. Traffic has long been a daily fact of life for many of us, and as Orlando continues to grow, the need for solutions and alternatives to the gridlock has become all the more urgent. For our latest Changemaker series, we met up with a handful […]

/ February 19, 2019


Denise Diaz gives Lynx riders’ a seat at the table

Denise Diaz has been helping get people to work for years. As the executive director at Central Florida Jobs with Justice, her goal is to listen to the needs of public transit commuters. She finds herself in the office more these days, but for years she road Lynx buses and asked passengers questions about their […]

/ February 19, 2019


SunRail blogger is trying to be passengers’ voice

Public transit runs in David Porter’s DNA. His father helped power the third rail in New York City’s subway system for more than 30 years, and Porter grew up navigating his way through the city’s boroughs via public transit. Porter first moved to Orlando to work as a writer for the Orlando Sentinel, before leaving […]

/ February 13, 2019


Omnimodal wants you to swipe right on public transit

Can technology help Orlando overcome its traffic woes? David Thomas Moran and Nathan Selikoff think it’s a good first step. Moran and Selikoff met through a community art project focused on public transit in Orlando, bonding over their mutual love for the city and their frustration over how difficult it can be to get around […]

/ February 1, 2019