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🏡 FIVE STATS TO USE NEXT TIME YOU’RE TALKING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
It’s no secret that Orlando is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis and has been for a long time. But even just the phrase “affordable housing” has become so commonplace that it’s easy for us to assume we know what we’re talking about. That’s why we’re digging into what exactly “affordable housing” means for Orlandoans, starting with this list of the most eye-popping stats that help add context to our housing debate.
So the next time you find yourself talking to someone about this booming city of ours, the increased rent, and the lack of income growth, think about throwing one of these five stats into the conversation.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking into how the shortage of affordable housing in Orlando impacts our quality of life and identify potential solutions to fix this serious problem.
As always, we encourage you to share your questions and concerns about housing in Orlando. What do you want to know? Head here to tell us what’s on your mind. Next week we’ll put a few of those questions up to a vote, so you all can decide on what we’ll dig into on this topic.
WHAT'S GOING DOWN IN PULPTOWN?
The echoes of injustice. Public apologies keep mounting in the case of the Groveland Four — a 1949 incident where four black men were wrongly convicted of kidnapping and raping a Lake County woman. Even the Sentinel’s editorial board has apologized for the newspaper’s “role in this unjustice.” Newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis meets with the Clemency Board for the first time today, where discussion of a posthumous pardon for the defendants is likely to come up. The family of the accuser, meanwhile, is standing by her assertion that the crimes took place. (Orlando Sentinel)
DeSantis dives in. Gov. Ron DeSantis is wasting no time in addressing Florida’s environmental disasters, pledging $2.5 billion to tackle problems like blue-green algae and red tide over the next four years. An executive order signed Thursday — the Republican governor’s second full day in office — establishes a state Office of Resiliency, a Blue-Green Algae Task Force, the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency, and a new position called chief science officer. Democrats praised the intent behind the order but questioned where the money for pollution clean-up would come from. (Orlando Sentinel)
Worth the wait? Fifty years after first trying to purchase the land, Disney finally convinced the family of the late cattle rancher Oren Brown to hand over 1,575 acres of their property for $11 million. Brown, who died in 1993, was notorious for his refusal to sell, once telling a magazine, “Lots of people like money, but I don’t care so much for it.” His heirs, apparently, felt differently. (Orlando Sentinel)
Pasta party. The owners of Se7enBites plan to open a new rustic Italian restaurant in the former STIR location in the next couple of months. Called Sette — which means “seven” in Italian — the new Ivanhoe Village eatery will feature freshly made pasta, stews, and desserts. (Orlando Weekly)
Best of the best. Yelp’s 2019 “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.” is here, and Orlando’s Mee Thai Restaurant made the cut at No. 24. The restaurant specializes in serving dishes from the northeastern region of Thailand known as Esan. (Orlando Weekly)
📅 THINGS TO DO
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
❄️Today to Sunday: Head to the Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest and enjoy 22 shows that are guaranteed to delight (Loch Haven Park)
🍻 Saturday, Jan. 26 Join us for an afternoon of brews at Orlando Brewing. For $15, Pulptown readers are getting a private tour and four beer samples with brewery president and founder John Cheek. PLUS, you get to hang out with The Pulptown team! Tickets are on sale now, click the link here.
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IN AND AROUND TOWN 🆕
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and COMING SOON add your own events with a Pulptown membership.
🎯 WE’VE GOT A WINNER
Congrats to member David B. for getting the right answer in our member trivia challenge this week about Orlando civil rights pioneer Nap Ford. David just scored a $10 gift certificate from Enzian!
Wanna play our next member trivia challenge? Join us! For $8 a month, our members help make everything you know and love about Pulptown possible. Members get special perks like free and discounted event tickets, a kit of member gear, and special giveaways like this one. 😍
👋 THAT’S ALL, FOLKS
Since we’re talking about an ever-changing Orlando today, both good and bad, these photos of how the city has changed in recent years are both stunning and eye-opening.
We’ll see you again on Monday!
Have a good weekend, Orlando,