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Orlando is home to 115 neighborhoods and numerous unincorporated communities. Due to the complex way in which Orlando’s city limits were established, some areas are served both by the City of Orlando as well as Orange County. Old Orlando, downtown Orlando’s historic district, is located between Garland and Orange Avenues. New developments in the past few decades have significantly changed and modernized this historic area. A trip to Lake Eola Heights or Thornton Park offers views of some of the oldest houses in the city and century-old oaks lining the brick streets.
There are 19 skyscrapers in Orlando, most of which are located downtown with a few in the tourist district south of Downtown. After the 1998 completion of Orlando Executive Airport, no new buildings have been built higher than 441 feet. The tallest buildings downtown are the SunTrust Center, the Orange County Courthouse, and the Vue at Lake Eola.
Orlando is home to nearly 200,000 single-family homes, 8,539 multi-family homes, 44,270 condo units, and 12,668 townhouses. There are also 322 apartments and 741 other residential buildings. Commercial buildings number 5,875 with another 4,037 zoned for industrial use. Mixed use properties number 6,773 and there are 14,672 vacant lots in the city.
The Lynx bus system serves the city of Orlando, while downtown bus service is handled by Lymmo. Launched in 2014, SunRail is a local commuter rail line serving Orlando and nearby communities. There can be heavy rush hour traffic in the city, but there are several ways to keep an eye on traffic conditions, including a few apps and 5-1-1, a free automated advisory system. Orlando is the second-largest city to be served by just a single interstate, the I-4. Other highway options include a variety of toll roads.
The Orange County Public School District oversees public primary and secondary schools. There are many private schools as well, including Orlando Lutheran Academy, Trinity Preparatory School, and Orlando Hoshuko, a weekend supplementary school specifically for Japanese students. Higher education options include the University of Central Florida, which has the highest enrollment of any university campus in the country.
There are two non-profit hospital systems in Orlando: Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. The only Level I trauma center in central Florida is located in the Orlando Regional Medical Center. The only Level III neonatal intensive care units in the area can be found at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and at Florida Hospital.
The Orlando Police Department has more than 700 sworn officers and 100 other employees on its payroll. Departments include mounted horse patrols, SWAT, taxi cab code enforcement, and traffic enforcement, among others. New police hires go through a 22-week police academy at Valencia College. In 2015, the FBI reported 2,525 violent crimes and 16,148 property crimes for Orlando.
There is a significant professional theater presence in Orlando, including community theaters like the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Repertory Theatre. The Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, built in 1926, regularly hosts national Broadway tours. Each year the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival brings touring companies from around the world to give readings and perform fully staged productions.
Shoppers are likely to be found at the Florida Mall. It’s both the largest mall in Orlando and one of the biggest one-story malls in the country. It is home to more than 250 stores, seven anchor stores, a hotel and a conference center.
The Mall at Millenia is another popular shopping destination, as is Orlando Fashion Square.