So, before I go any further, I am a city slicker, a suburbanite, and a northerner. I came this Wednesday to visit my father who lives in Osceola county, only a few minutes out of Disney World.
Now my father doesn't drive and, I must say, the Lynx bus system you have is solid. It seems to attract a diverse collection of riders, not just minorities.
But I cannot deny that this area just isn't for me. It makes me sad. There are boulevards and lanes of cheap motels, ****ty restaurants, and no character. The place feels like a ghost town. There is no community, no connection between anyone here. I guess it's just the effect of ol' Walt's dominance here.
Seriously. I must say this place isn't for me and I am glad to be expedited out of here tomorrow night.
So, this is quite a ramble. Have you ever gone to a city or state that just feels awkward to be in?
Surly Long Haul Trucker, Soma ES, Bianchi Eros, 85 Raleigh Marathon, and a couple clunkers
Yes, I know the area well. And while there are some great areas through there, the majority is the crappy tourist trappy stuff. It also has a very transient population. Hardly anyone is actually from there, and people usually only stay a few years. It's a weird place full of stark contrasts, both socially, and economically. And if you think it's bad there, you should spend some time in Vegas.
My biggest complaint is there is no shoulder on any of the roads. And nobody can drive. This makes for an unbearable biking experience. If you want to ride, you are forced to ride a mountain bike on some swamp trail.
But Vegas wins. Hands down. It's a terrible place that thrives on people's desperations. It's a brightly colored pinata with a turd inside.
Developers are trying to profit off that lack of community by building "town centers" which are just another group of stores, parking lots, and age restricted housing, with maybe a brick paved street. All of this on what used to be untouched woodland.
I guess it just gives the housewives somewhere to go after they drop off their kids at school.