Everything we're thankful for in Orlando in 2022
We're not blind to the fact that we can be a pretty negative bunch here at Orlando Weekly. Running a progressive and labor-minded publication in the heart of one of the most tyrannically right-wing states in the US can do that to a person (or persons, as the case may be).
Since it's Thanksgiving, we figured putting aside that cynicism might be in order. There's plenty in this town that still makes living here great and we'd love to give thanks for what we have.
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Screenshot via Orange County Board of County Commissioners
A county mayor who sees right through Ron DeSantis
Somehow, Jerry Demings manages to get up everyday and fight the good fight against the power-hungry state leaders who rode small government campaign promises only to spend 90% of their time telling cities and counties what to do.
Facebook (Orange County Library System)
No more late fees at OCLS
Would it shock you to learn that some of us are slow readers?
The teachers who are actually staying in schools and creating good humans
Many Florida teachers have fled in the face of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ continuing attacks on public school curriculum. We can't blame them, honestly. But many, many more have opted to hang back amid waves of anti-CRT and anti-LGBTQ panic, doing the hard work to create good and thoughtful Floridians in spite of the hate coming from Tallahassee.
The weather might be cool enough for that family football game on Thanksgiving?
Publix's turkey and cranberry Pub Sub and Pom Pom’s Mama Ling Ling Thanksgiving are more than enough to keep us hanging around for another year.
Election Map Screengrab via CNN
Being a blue drop in Florida’s Red Sea
Orlando manages to do the right thing quite often when the state lets us alone. If that blue wall ever fails, you can send us to Hell or Pasco County... it would be about the same to us.
Fringe Festival (and their new downtown space!)
Case in point: can you think of any conservative corner of the state that could grow something as weird and wonderful as the Fringe Festival? Orlando has thrown in behind them, leasing city-owned space to the organizers to foster an entire new generation of oddball productions.
Photo via the Enzian
The I-4 Ultimate project is finally done? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Or is it?
Photo by Jen Cray
Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall is still rockin’
God bless and keep 'em.