The University of Central Florida (UCF) and Valencia College first began conversations with the Parramore community in 2015, meeting regularly to discuss the community’s needs. Both schools were aware of the tremendous history within the community and of the longtime socio-economic problems that have plagued it for centuries.
Though the schools were initially met with skepticism from long-term residents — many of whom were adversely affected by projects like the construction of I-4 — Eugene Jones, the executive dean of Valencia Downtown, said that the relationship is now seen as more symbiotic.
“Both Valencia and UCF share the concern of ‘What role can we play in the success of this community?’” he said.
From these community-wide meetings emerged the need for a viable platform to communicate concerns; thus, the Parramore Community Engagement Council was formed. Its 24 members include 12 Parramore residents, and it focuses on topics like jobs, health, safety, education and affordable housing.
In an interview with Jamie Giller, the Marketing Director of UCF Downtown, we asked what scholarship opportunities were being offered to incentivize Parramore youth to attend college. She shared with us a few different educational opportunities including:
Orange County Public Schools partnered with UCF, Orange Blossom Family Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Valencia College and the Rosen Foundation and in 2017, opened the first school in the neighborhood in almost 50 years; OCPS ACE School. The school is considered a community partnership school, providing health and dental care to children, their families and the community.
The Parramore Community Engagement Council also helped to inspire the Parramore Education and Innovation District Initiative (PEID), an organization focused on researching and developing solutions for the education of existing residents from Pre-K through Ph. D.
Like much of Central Florida, Parramore is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. And the arrival of UCF and Valencia downtown has proven problematic as land value in the Parramore postal code have increased four times the rate of other Orlando ZIP codes in the past year. Only one in five Parramore homes are occupied and less than 10 percent of those residents are homeowners.
Central Florida Foundation has partnered with other organizations in the community to form the Central Florida Land Trust; a nonprofit that purchases and holds land in a trust, and then sell it at an affordable rate to residents. “We’re making real estate affordable in the long term,” said Mark Brewer, the organization’s president. “Gentrification is not always a bad thing. It’s bad when you displace people in the neighborhood.”
What questions do you have for your community leaders regarding the potential effects of gentrification in your neighboring communities? Send us an email; we’d love to share your questions.
ICYMI: Check out our other installments from this week highlighting the Parramore community and the changes happening there.
Less than a week away from Thanksgiving and we’re still accepting your shoutouts for people, places, and things that you’re feeling thankful for. Maybe it’s your mailman, the barista who always gives you extra caramel or your favorite parking garage attendant. Or perhaps it’s the fact that your favorite radio station will be bringing you Christmas jams in a matter of three days. Whoever or whatever it is, we’d love to give ‘em a shout-out in next week’s newsletter. Drop us a line by responding to this email, telling us their name and what about them makes you smile, then we’ll handle the rest.
Case dismissed. A U.S. District Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting, saying the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate the defendants acted with ill will. The suit, filed by dozens of survivors and victims’ family members, lists the City of Orlando and Orlando police Officer Adam Gruler as defendants. An appeal is likely. (WKMG)
A second chance for signatures. Florida voters whose ballots were rejected over issues with their signatures will get another two days to fix the problem, following a ruling by a federal judge. Canvassing boards rejected some 3,700 provisional and mail-in ballots after determining the signature on the envelope did not match the signature on file. (Miami Herald)
Up, up and away. Keep your eyes on the sky if you’re in the Baldwin Park area this weekend. Around 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a handful of hot air balloons will float above the park for an event called Orlando Go. Want in on the action? Tethered rides cost $20 per person. (Orlando Sentinel)
Just add water. What goes best with a resort named after a song devoted to drinking alcohol? If you answered “waterslides,” you and Jimmy Buffet would probably get along. The celebrity just announced that his massive new Margaritaville Resort will include nine thrill rides, a lazy river and a wave pool, among other attractions. (People Magazine)
Hall of shame. Thanks to a sophisticated tool known as the screen grab, women now have an easy way to document all the creep texts and offensive Tweets sent their way. The “Hey Grrrl” art show kicks off today at Lil Indies, and the opening night festivities include a special one-day showcase of the offending messages in an exhibit called “Unsolicited.” (Orlando Weekly)
🎙 FRIDAY, NOV. 16: You’re going to want to see the amazing pianist Adam Golka’s live performance in at Timucua Arts Foundation, we just know it. Plus, as a Pulptown reader, you get a discount. Use the code “Pulp” on the checkout page. (SoDo)
🎉 SATURDAY, NOV. 17 Help us rock the block for Maxine’s on Shine’s 7th Anniversary Party benefiting the Orlando City Foundation and Local Love (Colonialtown)
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🎈 Through Sunday Check out this cool hot air balloon show (Baldwin Park) 🆕
🍁 Through Sunday Cooler temps make this fall festival even better (Longwood)
🎟 Through Sunday Got a crazy idea? This is the weekend to share it (Downtown)
🕰 Through Sunday It’s a good weekend to go antiquing (Mt. Dora)
👗 Through Sunday It’s Dapper Day at Disney (Disney) 🆕
🚞 Go on a culture tour on the SunRail (Winter Park/Downtown)
🧘🏻♀️ Practice yoga under the stars (SoDo)
🥩 Grab a steak and head to the springs (Wekiva)
🎄 Kickoff the holiday season by lighting up the city (Ivanhoe)
🧘🏻♀️ Get your downward dog on in the gardens (Winter Park)
🧐 Take a peek at your family history with local genealogist (Downtown)
🍻 Thank God for Sanford Beer Week and this free beer fest (Sanford)
⛹🏾♂️ Cheer on the Orlando Magic to a W as they take on the LA Lakers (Parramore)
👟 Run a 5k while simultaneously popping bubbles (West Colonial)
🍽 Papa Llama and Mercantile Coffee are popping up at The Heavy (Winter Park)
👟 It’s a 5k, fitness and reggae festival all in one (Baldwin Park)
🛋 Don’t miss out on the annual Sofa and Suds (Sanford)
🛍 Shop 45 local artisans at the second Orlando Flea (Downtown)
🐶 Grab the pooch and head to the park for Barktoberfest (Lake Eola)
📖 Cozy up with a book outside at this free event (Lake Eola)
🐶 Take the pups for a paddle before spoilin’ ‘em at brunch (SoDo/Edgewood)
📽 Imagine the world you want to live in through these short films (Winter Park)
🕺 Grab your tickets for this Bollywood spectacular (Parramore)
🍁 Get crafty and make your own cornucopia while sipping vino (Audubon Park)
🎻 Listen to the sounds of the greats Tchaikovsky and Mozart (Milk District) 🆕
🎉 Head to The Venue for a night of Foxy’s Den dancing and fun (Ivanhoe) 🆕
🎟 Get to Networking with Red Carpet Monday at Lion’s Pride (Downtown) 🆕
🍻 Our kind of school: Beer Flight School (Downtown) 🆕
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🎉 WE JUST PLANNED YOUR WEEKEND
It’s the weekend and we have SO many recommendations for you (as seen in the events calendar above). BUT we’d like to shout out a few events, just in case you skimmed over them too quickly. For starters, meet us at Timucua tonight for Adam Golka’s performance, tomorrow, we’ll be at Maxine’s on Shine for their 7th anniversary bash, and on Sunday, we would be remiss not to tell you just how cool the first Orlando Flea truly was which means the second one can only be better. Let’s do this!
We’ll see you out there, Orlando,