Real Estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield (Website), have just released their Cool Streets of North America retail report, and two Orlando retail districts were included – Thornton Park and Winter Park’s Park Avenue. The report is meant to explore the phenomena behind the rise of dozens of unique retail districts across the U.S. and Canada, by looking at North America’s coolest streets.
The report looks at a variety of factors, namely what they call a “new breed of urban, experiential, and independent mid-market retailers catering to millennial consumers” that is resulting in the rise of new, edgy retail districts.
The report’s top 15 Cool Streets also include: Sunset Park in Brooklyn; Logan Square in Chicago; Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati; RiNo in Denver; Silver Lake in Los Angeles; Wynwood in Miami; North Loop in Minneapolis; Roosevelt Row in Phoenix; Carytown in Richmond, Va.; East Village in San Diego; Jackson Square in San Francisco; Delmar Loop in St. Louis; West Queen West in Toronto; Mount Pleasant/Main in Vancouver; and Shaw in Washington, D.C.
Factors that helped our two local streets place so high in the report are listed below. Although it must be said, the report suggests that both streets are at risk of going “mainstream” with hipsters being priced out of the area. The numerical scores rank livability from 1 to 4; with 1 being low and 4 being high.
 To read the report in full, scroll down.

Brendan O'Connor

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  1. They ranked Davis Square a 4 out of 4 even though it’s a ten minute walk through a residential neighborhood to Tufts University–also a private institution.

  2. …and only a 1 out of 4 for access to public transportation despite SunRail, Amtrak, and Lynx buses (one block way).

  3. Rick, we’re assuming they rank private colleges differently from public, otherwise you’re right, that is an interesting grade.

  4. Access to higher education ranked only a 2 out of 4 for Park Ave. Never mind Rollins College.