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Downtown Orlando Street Life

Downtown Orlando is drenched with people watching!

I love people watching. And downtown Orlando provides plenty of material for this hobby.

If you’ve lived in the Central Florida area for any extended period of time, and have spent time in the downtown Orlando area, then you are aware of the growing population of homeless people. Last night some work colleagues and I headed over to a local downtown joint to unwind and relax after the work week, and we spotted this guy creating his own tatoos…with an ink pen. Ouch!

On the Streets of Downtown Orlando

Something about this photo both haunts and inspires me. One thing’s for certain: whenver I see people like this it definitely makes me thankful for the things I have.

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  • Taylor Hamilton
    Friday, 11 June 2010

    Hey, I think I saw that guy when I went into Finnhenry’s the other night.

  • The orange box recommends passersby to drop change into it instead of directly into the hands of the homeless. It’s the same messages I have seen in other cities while I have been on tour. Here’s a poster I walked by in Cleveland Ohio with the message.

  • cflhomeless
    Monday, 27 April 2009

    Mark, thanks for the shout-out! We are working to return individuals and families to self-sufficiency everyday, and couldn’t do it without community support. Definitely keep encouraging people to get involved in addressing homelessness; we can’t do what we do without them!

  • akeorlando
    Sunday, 26 April 2009

    @Mark Baratelli Ok, and what’s the orange box for again?

  • What do you think about this? Little Rock encourages folks to put money into the orange box and not to the homeless directly.

  • akeorlando
    Sunday, 26 April 2009

    @Mark Baratelli Thanks for the links – I’m sure I’ll do a post on both of these organizations at some point in the future.

    Oh…and thanks for the Tweet-out, too.

  • Homelessness sucks. If people want some ways they can help, here are two links. Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Great org. They’re on twitter too: @cfl_homeless. And there’s Rock for Hunger.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

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