A 3.5 percent annual growth rate and a 4.8 percent unemployment rate are phenomenal, but for Orlando, Florida, these statistics are a mixed blessing. Traffic congestion, crime, and overcrowded schools are the downside of such positive numbers. This article describes the growing pains being felt by the four-county metropolitan area of Orlando, the adjustments in lifestyle for the counties' residents, and the draw to Orlando's most famous neighbor--Disney. Transportation planning to accommodate 34,000 new residents per year includes new roads and increased transit usage. Plans for a new town development called Horizon West are described, including a Western Beltway that is necessary to move the project forward. Growth management is a priority for local officials, who are working hard to improve intergovernmental cooperation at the counties' boundaries.

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    American Planning Association

    122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1500
    Chicago, IL  United States  60603-6107
  • Authors:
    • ROY, R
  • Publication Date: 1996-3


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 4-9
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  • Accession Number: 00726921
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1996 12:00AM