Project DTO presented their final report to the City Council yesterday.

Consisting of 100 volunteers, Project DTO was a taskforce called upon to assess Downtown Olando’s strengths and weaknesses and then recommend ways to improve our City. The volunteers came up with over 100 ways to do just that.

Editor’s Note: We don’t want to brag, but we do this almost every week in our I Wish This Was column

A number of the ideas focused on improving pedestrian safety and fostering new business.

We’ve assembled some of our favorite ideas and infographics below:

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2-lane overhaul of Robinson Street
2-lane overhaul of Robinson Street
Transform Magnolia into a pedestrian corridor
Transform Magnolia into a pedestrian corridor

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Iconic gateway to Lake Eola

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pop up park

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Establish a new “Bridge District”

To see the complete report, click HERE.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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  1. I think the Swan gates are a Awesome idea and fits perfectly for our lake area!!!….Great job!

  2. It looks like they are still going to fill in part of the lake for a
    beach. You can see it in the background of the swan gate slide. Shame on
    them for trying to sneak this thru.

  3. Lynx buses would likely stay on Robinson. Right now the 9′ lanes are problematic for buses since they are nearly 9′ wide once you include the mirrors.

  4. Think the Swan gates are a bit much. Kids trying to climb on them and other safety, upkeep issues come to mine. Enough art sculptures around the park as it is now. Just keep adding and adding things will take away from the aesthetics of the park.

  5. Stephen – I went through the trouble of measuring this on Google Earth. You are correct that Robinson’s lanes become narrow for the particular section that borders Lake Eola – a 36′ roadbed that results in lanes 9′ wide. It becomes wide westward right after the Rosalind intersection with widths varying between 44′ and and 55′ feet and 11′ lanes. It’s a psychological thing that people go fast – a long, straight, unobstructed road with a feeling of openness encourages this. A median would work wonders.

  6. I run lake Eola three times a week and think the swan gates look great. Need to figure out a way to keep the walking path swan poop free though.

  7. Being in the arts & design field, I think they would be a great addition. I’d prefer art nouveau or art deco style but then this city is not those things.

  8. Why would buses relocate to Livingston as a result of the bike lanes? That said, having living in LEHHNA for 3 years, a LYMMO or streetcar down Livingston would have been a welcome addition.

  9. Robinson already has narrow lanes. Where do you see wide lanes? I don’t understand why people drive so fast on there when there is no median.

  10. I’ve always thought that in order to increase walk ability we need to connect as many high rise and office towers together with some covered walk ways. At the very least provide shade when walking around.

  11. With the new Center for men and some upcoming projects, you shouldnt see as many “bums” Andrew … The City’s adopted a whole new housing program that could really make an impact. So hopefully everyone can be reminded that they’re actually people and not traffic cones.

  12. So would it be crazy to suggest we should fill in a large amount of Lake Eola and build a world-class park? i.e., Boston Common, Central Park, etc.

  13. In the full plan they mention plans for homeless housing and additional programs for the homeless

  14. Yes on Magnolia, not sure about Robinson. Swan gates, really? They are kind of terrible looking.

  15. Eliza do you live in LEHHNA? Just curios because there is a majority consensus in the community in the traffic concerns in the residential area.

  16. The only people who face negative effects are the suburban 9-5 commuters that might feel inconvenienced twice a day. A better suggestion would be keeping the 4 lanes but making 2 of them shared bus/bike only lanes and converting some of the parking lanes to curb bulb outs, and narrowing the regular traffic lanes to create a bit more space to create pedestrian islands/bus platforms to improve crossing conditions. As a pedestrian, crossing Robinson to get to Lake Eola feels unsafe. As a driver, the wide design of the road encourages me to speed. 2 or 4 lanes, Robinson needs a serious makeover.

  17. Busy-ness is one thing but it’s way safer if you only have to cross 2 lanes instead of 4. Robinson isn’t that busy most of the day, it’s just that the cars are going so fast and passing each-other. Livingston is slow enough that if you did misjudge your crossing the car would at least have time to stop. And I think most of the intersections are striped crosswalks though they may need to be refreshed.

  18. So true. While this announcement sounds exciting. If the people who live there aren’t considered, what good is it?

  19. That is my concern living on Livingston. The street is busy enough and don’t want to add to that

  20. Making Robinson two lanes would give the park 3 sides that are peaceful and safe. The concern about Eola Heights parallel streets having added traffic is very valid so…1) create pullouts for buses on Robinson and let the routes continue as they currently are (that will slow and discourage traffic even more..2) make all parallel streets between Robinson and Colonial alternating one-ways and add stop signs as needed for safety.

  21. I have friends who live in Lake Eola Heights and who have nearly gotten run over trying to cross the street to Lake Eola.

  22. I like the idea of 2 lane robinson…i wish there was more they could do to slow down traffic on that street..every time I go to the park I feel I risk my life…

  23. Everything except the two-lane Robinson idea, which would only exacerbate vehicle congestion.

  24. I wonder how the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood residents will feel about the added traffic to Livingston and other parallel streets if Robinson only goes to 2 lanes? This means the buses are pushed to residential streets wearing them out more. This was hugely heated at a LEHHNA meeting a few months ago. Call up LEHHNA board President and hear for your self. I love the pedestrian areas but urbanizing may have a negative effect on others.