📹 What it means to “stop the sweeps”
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📹 What it means to “stop the sweeps”

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What Orlando is talking about

We recently took up some light reading for you all about the cost of living in Orlando and where we rank in the country.

Turns out the $2,033.74 per month that it costs to live comfortably in the City Beautiful puts us at No. 32 of America’s 75 largest cities.

The average breakdown looks like this: $136.97 for monthly utilities, $61.47 for internet, $136.68 for gas to get around, $1,379.47 for rent, and $319.15 for food and groceries.

It’s probably no surprise if you’ve been following the headlines that rent in Orlando makes up more than half of residents’ monthly expenses.

By comparison, El Paso, Texas, came in as the least expensive city, with monthly fixed expenses setting residents back $1,182.96 on average.

On the opposite end, San Francisco has the highest cost of living at $4,210.60, with the bulk of that going to rent.

As a certain grandfather would say, “put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

In other news… 

Read the skinny on the 10 haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights this year. From Stranger Things to Ghostbusters to Killer Clowns from Outer Space, there’s enough horror for all you thrill-seekers. (Orlando Sentinel)

Prost! It’s only September but Oktoberfest is already in full swig (pun intended). Mark your calendars now, because lederhosen and dirndl season will be over before you know it. (Orlando Sentinel)

A storage unit meets mini-mall is coming to the corner of Magnolia Avenue and East Colonial Drive in downtown Orlando. It’s the first of its kind for Orlando, and it’s one of the many changes coming to the area as part of the East Colonial Drive Vision Plan. (Orlando Weekly)

Bumby Arcade, the food hall coming to historic Church Street, is looking for food tenants in case you know someone who can throw down in the kitchen. (The Daily City)

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You asked, we answered

We’re back with our fourth reader-submitted question about Central Florida’s affordable housing crisis. We told you that you could ask us anything related to housing and that we’d do our best to find the answer for you.

So far, we’ve answered Ashley Z.’s questions about accessory dwelling units and their purpose in helping ease affordable housing, Nancy C.’s question about landlords and increases on property taxes, and Sherri C.’s question on why housing costs can’t just be lowered across the board.

Today, we’re answering Stephanie D.’s question: “Why do our state legislators continue to raid the Sadowski state housing trust fund? A fund set-up and dedicated to affordable housing.”

Pulptown video producer Kayla O’Brien breaks it down for you here and explains why and how the Sadowski Fund is raided year after year.

Got your own question about affordable housing? We’d love to hear it — just fill out this form.

Check out our previous posts on why finding housing is such a big deal in Orlando, 5 staggering facts about affordable housing right here in Central Florida, and what to do when your landlord increases your rent.

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Things to do

Our partner events

🗣️ Today: Hear from Orlando lawyer Anessa Santos about all the legal things you need to know to startup your startup. (Downtown)

🗣️ Next Tuesday, Sept. 17: How do you get others to follow your vision? Spend your lunch break learning from the pros. (Downtown)

💻 Next Wednesday, Sept. 18: Every third Wednesday of the month, you can cowork for free at Starter Studio. Meet you there? (Downtown)

📽 Next Thursday, Sept. 19: Get your tickets this week to the premier of “Scooter,” a Florida-based film about three lifelong friends and their 700-mile journey on scooters. But when they witness a murder, they realize the journey is the least of their problems. (Winter Park)

🌳 Next Friday, Sept. 20: Park your seats not your car in a parking space for the annual Park(ing) Day, a day of temporarily transforming parking lots into “parklets” and spurring conversations on what those spaces could do to build community. (College Park)

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In and around town 🆕

Today — 9/11 Patriot Day

🖼 Take a stroll through the galleries with infants and toddlers in tow (Loch Haven Park)

⚽ Participate in Yoga on the Field at the Orlando City Soccer stadium (Parramore)

😳 Learn to stay authentic throughout your networking experience (Winter Park)

🍻 Review six different brews in between paddle boarding and sun bathing (Wekiva)

🤓 Show off your How I Met Your Mother insight at the Geek Easy (Winter Park)


😆 Check out this family-friendly comedy show benefiting a local high school (Boone)

🎥 Celebrate the passing of Dorian by watching Singin’ in the Rain (Winter Park)

🍷 Support wildlife and your love for wine at this benefit (Mills50)

🎶 Sip tasty libations while you shop local art and vibe to live music (Thornton Park)

📢 Attend this meeting for an update on the OUC substation near Lake Highland (Ivanhoe)

🖼 Take a gallery tour with featured artist Joo Yeon Woo (Maitland)

Friday the 13th

👻 Share ghost stories in some of the most haunted bars (Downtown)

😈 Celebrate Friday the 13th with comedy that kills (Winter Park)

💐 Make your own fresh flower arrangement (Winter Garden)

🍺 Skip work a little early for the annual City Skip Day (Downtown)

🍿 Take the kids to see Coco on the big screen in the park (Lake Eola)

👻 It’s a haunted party in the parking lot (Ivanhoe)

🗣️ Hear from the lawyer from the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” (Downtown)


🍦 Treat yourself to doughnuts and ice cream (Downtown)

🍢 Enjoy eats and drinks from the area’s most accomplished chefs (iDrive)

🍤 Take a stroll at the new soul food farmers market (College Park)

🎥 Check out the work of imaginative filmmakers across the globe (Downtown)

🍷 Head to Lakeridge for the annual wine and cheese fest (Clermont)

👻 Get in the fall spirit with a ghost tour (Mt. Dora)

🍻 Pull out the lederhosen and dirndls for Taptoberfest (Mills Park)


🌈 Fight back against discrimination (Mills50)

👗 Sip while you shop for flapper dresses  (Audubon)

🦄 Get brunch with a unicorn… yes, a unicorn (Lake Nona)

💃 Celebrar la Independencia de México con comida típica, danza y música (West Colonial)

👻 Watch the Sanderson sisters take over the big screen (Winter Garden)

🌮 Celebrate National Guac Day at Black Rooster (Mills 50)

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One more thing...

Here’s something to take heart from: An Altamonte Springs teacher’s Facebook post went viral after she asked if any of her friends knew someone at the University of Tennessee.

Laura Snyder, a teacher at Altamonte Elementary School, told the story of one of her students who was bullied for his makeshift UT shirt on “college colors day.” UT caught wind of the story and sent the student a giant care package.

Be kind, Orlando.

— Pulptown

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