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What’s up in Parramore?

We asked, you answered. With almost 60 percent of the vote, y’all were most interested in us answering reader Carolyn Capern’s winning question:

“What will the land trust by Central Florida Foundation do to make sure that longtime Parramore residents can afford to stay in their homes as downtown continues to grow there?”

We’ll answer that for you in the coming weeks as we continue our spotlight on Parramore — but we’ll also do our best to find an answer to our second-place question by Joshua Johnson and David Moran: Why doesn’t Parramore have a Main Street director and when will it get one?

Thanks to everyone who submitted questions or voted. We’ll let you know next week what we’ve learned. In the meantime, check out this adorable video of Parramore nonprofit, Page 15.

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Let’s get together IRL

We’ve got two Pulptown events coming up that we’d love to see you at — one in Sanford centered around food, food, and more food and the other in downtown Orlando all about navigating our city.

Love German culture? A good bratwurst? Or maybe just a giant beer? We invite you to join the Pulptown team on Thursday, May 2 for our Hanging with Hollerbach’s event. Tickets are on sale now, and the four-course menu looks 🔥.

If you can’t make that one, join us Wednesday, May 8 at The Abbey as we break down Transit in Orlando. In collaboration with reThink Your Commute, we are hosting a transit panel to talk about the current and future state of transit and ways we can to improve it. This event is free — RSVP here!*

*Our Transit Issues Series has been made possible by reThinkYourCommute

What Orlando’s talking about

Republican lawmakers, who make up the majority of the state House, are close to approving a bill that would add several additional steps to making ballot amendments, starting at the petition and signature-gathering part of the process.

In recent years, ballot amendments have had a huge impact in Florida. The most recent example came last November when voters approved an amendment restoring voting rights to felons.

These amendments already require approval by 60 percent of voters. And, looking ahead to the 2020 elections, it could become tougher to get amendments on the ballot in the first place.

Some of the changes include bold lettering to indicate if the amendment will cost additional money, requiring organizations to note if petition signatures come from out-of-state residents, and requiring signature gatherers to be paid wages based on hours worked — not the number of signatures they collect.

Democrats and other civic organizations say these changes will negatively impact the signature-gathering process.

In other news…

Roy Disney’s granddaughter says Disney CEO Bob Iger makes “insane” amounts of money, (albeit he’s doing a “brilliant job”) and speculates on Twitter what could happen if that income was distributed amongst lower-waged employees. (WFTV)

Central Florida and Metro Orlando grew by the stadium-loads last year, as a surprise to approximately no one. (Daily Commercial)

Meanwhile, Orlando just ranked 52 of 54 in a list of safest cities (with a population of 50,000) in the Sunshine State according to a report by SafeHome.org. (SafeHome)

This article reviewing venomous versus harmless snakes might give you heebie-jeebies, but it could also save your life. How’s that for news you can use? (WKMG)

In case you missed it… The three-year-long lawsuit between one Ohio man who claimed Universal stole his idea for a chocolate-factory themed restaurant has ended in Universal’s favor. (Orlando Sentinel)

Things to do

Our Partner Events

🍻 Thursday, May 2 Hey you! Meet us at Hollerbach’s for a 4-course meal and celebration exclusively for our Pulptown readers. (Members, don’t forget to use your discount code!) (Sanford)

📚 Thursday, May 10 Hear from former Senior Director of Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Brittany Hennessey, as she talks about her new book, “Influencer”. This is the library’s first “Library After Hours” event and we are pumped to be supporting. Meet us there for a Q&A with Brittany and pics with us! (Downtown)

Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.

In and around town 🆕

TODAY

🍩 Orlandough and Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream are at it again (Delaney Park)

🎨 Create your own collage at Art Night Out at Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven)

📚 Thinking of publishing a book? (Downtown)

🤓 Get a history lesson on Florida’s old roadside architecture (Winter Park)

🎯 Grab your luckiest friend for dirty bingo (Thornton Park)

❓ Try your hand at pop culture trivia at Castle Church Brewing (Vista)

🛍 Shop the local makers market at Aardvark (SoDo)


WEDNESDAY

❓ Get your trivia fix at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🍷 Drink all the Oregon wine at Swirlery (SoDo)

🍕 Pizza Bruno is popping up at Whippoorwill (Almond Milk District)

❓ Who knows Marvel movies more than you? Find out at trivia (Downtown)

❓ Calling all GOT fanatics, this trivia is for you (SoDo/Edgewood)


THURSDAY

🧐 Learn how to preserve your old photos (Downtown)

🥃 Go back in time at this historical bar pop-up Through May 4 (Sanford)

☕️ Grab a coffee from Austin’s Coffee at The Falcon (Thornton Park)

🎧 Show us your moves at a silent disco at Crooked Can (Winter Garden)


FRIDAY

🇩🇪 Through Saturday It’s like Oktoberfest but not in Munich  (Casselberry)

🎵 Through Saturday Feel the funk at this 90s throwback music fest (West Colonial)

🖼 Don’t miss this exhibit of Chuck Stewart and his contributions to jazz (Thornton Park)


SATURDAY

⚽️ Cheer on our Orlando Pride to a win at home (Parramore)

🧵 Tie knots of love with Queens 4 Queens and Macrame Momma (Park Lake)

🛍 Check out the new Hourglass Community Market (Curry Ford West)

🌳 The annual Art & Foliage Fest is back (Apopka)

🐱 Support your local cat gang with beers (Sanford)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Tag @pulptown on Instagram or email a pic to [email protected].

One more thing…

We’ll see you tonight for the official Orlando Magic Watch party right, Orlando?

Blue and white, Ignite!

— Pulptown

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