The City Rich

The City of Orlando’s slogan is The City Beautiful. It is beautiful, particularly in the central areas that were laid out in the 1920s-1950s. What continues to surprise me though is the amount of wealth and the enormity of the gap between the rich and the not rich. Being one of the “not rich”, I will never forget the first time that I travelled to Orlando, not to go to theme park or to catch a flight, but for a job interview.

This errand took me down the winding, leafy, lake-dotted tour-of-homes that is the southern end of Edgewater Drive, in the College Park (see another post of mine) neighborhood. Ironically, I currently live less than two miles away in a more urban area and am one of Orlando’s renters – this is a renter’s town.

So, when I saw an Estate Sale on Edgewater, in the toniest section, across from Lake Adair, I had to stop. Dozens of other looky-lous did too. No doubt the 1951 Rolls Royce for sale in the driveway was a big draw. The house, built in 1924, has sold for over $3 million dollars, has 5 bedrooms and 8 baths (why?).

It seems for some that money does grow on trees and Orlando has lots of trees!

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