Friday, January 01, 2010

A New Year: 2010

Happy new year. Same as the last year. I open the new year with a post about a subject that's been obsessed over since 2006; the poor state of the economy. This time I'll be looking at International Drive.

Top left: Old Harcourt Brace Jovanovich building with "For Lease" sign visible from the south end or International Drive.
Top right: Out-of-business Steak & Ale, with an old mattress up in the entrance awning for someone to sleep on. It sits right next to a out-of-business Bennigan's.

Second row, both pictures. What's left of the old Mercado shopping complex. There's but one entrance that still shows its name; the rest of complex was torn down and the wreckage removed, turning this section of I-Drive into a vacant field. According to several locals, Mercado died after they built Pointe Orlando a block further south.

HBJ Back and For Lease SignSteak & Ale Bedding
Former Mercado MarketplaceLast Entrance Standing
Little foot trafficSeattle's Best Coffee no more
Dead Wendy'sAnother Dead Bennigan's

Third row left: A shot down one section of International Drive, between Sand Lake and Kirkman. On the day I was walking about, there were few tourists to be seen. Whether this was due to the economy or poor timing I can't say.
Third row right: A closed cafe with a former Seattle's Best Coffee.

Bottom row left: A small group of tourists crosses in front of a closed Wendy's. This is only the second I've seen; the first was earlier this year across the street from F.S.U. in Tallahassee.
Bottom row right: Yet another dead Bennigan's. This is the second on I-Drive, separate from the closed Bennigan's next to the former Steak & Ale at the south end of I-Drive.

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