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We're Still Paving Paradise

We're Still Paving Paradise (009:2011)
"We're Still Paving Paradise"
Olympus E-3 with ZD 50-200mm
1/640s, f/4.5, ISO 800, 169mm, +0.3 EV

I'm stopping the self portraits for now. I'm tired of taking them, and I'm sure you're tired of seeing them. I'm back to focusing on what's happening in and around Orlando, as well as the world in general.

I've been obliquely tracking the Orlando economy, starting in January 2009, by photographing many of the empty buildings that have cropped up due to the collapsing economy. Many of them emptied because the businesses that occupied them went belly up. But many of them are empty because they were built and no-one moved in...

Another Empty Storefront
"Another Empty Storefront"
Olympus E-3 with ZD 12-60mm
1/1250s, f/5, ISO 100, 12mm, -0.3 EV

Such as the one you see above. This complex is right across the street from the current building activity, where the two Cats were sitting in the first photograph. The currently empty office/store complex was started late 2009, and was finished late summer of 2010. It stands as mute witness to the construction occurring across the street.

It will be interesting to see how our latest governor, Rick Scott, will address the issue of the economy, as well as the $3.5 billion budget shortfall. Will he sell the entire state out to developers? Will we have empty commercial properties unbroken from here to Tallahassee? How will we close the budget gap, and what leadership will he provide to stimulate the economy and fill these many empty locations?

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  1. the three rules of the economic ponzi scheme seems to be:

    growth growth and growth

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