Orlando's effort to restore brick roa...

Orlando's effort to restore brick roads could hit a snag

There are 43 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Aug 7, 2008, titled Orlando's effort to restore brick roads could hit a snag. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

For some, Orlando's brick streets mean a bouncy ride, spilled coffee and aggravation.

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“American Against Fascism”

Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

#1 Aug 7, 2008
The brick streets do have charm & character, but it makes sense to delay the restoration until there's money to continue.
Franklin Pierce

Oviedo, FL

#2 Aug 7, 2008
Residents living along brick streets "love their bricks" - each and every depression that cause traffic to have to slow the Hell down and not use their vintage streets as a racetrack going to and from anywhere and discouraging their use as a "cut through" or "by pass".

What we residents really object to is the fact that Orlando has a bad habit of collecting taxes which are supposed to be partially used for road maintenance but when they want to strip the asphalt they put over the bricks [ which they probably assessed fronting property owners property when they applied it ] now have the GD nerve to put another assessment against owners property to remove it. I can recall when they'd sneak in on a weekend to desecrate the old brick roads so nobody could call City Hall to object and be out and done by morning Monday. Now they want to charge people per fronting foot to remove what they did on the sly. Hooray for the bricks, they keep those trucks rattling so bad that they go way out of their way not to have to come down our street. We hear one going by "bang, boom, bang, rattle rattle" and just grin.

Orlando, FL

#3 Aug 7, 2008
The downtown historic district of Ft Myers went back to brick, the change has been for the positive. From an economic standpoint, it lasts longer than asphalt and repairs are mush easier / cheaper. When we build roads we need to look at long term O&M costs. Plus brick is a pervious paving system, less stormwater runoff, better for water quality. STICK WITH BRICK!
Where does the money go

United States

#4 Aug 7, 2008
Still wondering why Apopka Vineland was resurfaced when it was perfectly fine...complete waste of money. The resurfacing actually made the once smooth road now bumpy.

Merritt Island, FL

#5 Aug 7, 2008
Thank you to all the people that voted for Amendment 1. Here's your savings.

United States

#6 Aug 7, 2008
Keep the brick roads. It does add charm to the neighborhoods who have them. Spilled coffee, squeeky cars, STFU residents who live near these roads. Try living out in cookie-cutter subdivisions where there is no uniqueness and everything is uniform and paved over with asphalt. Places like that are never looked at as "Charming". Enjoy what you have.

Apopka, FL

#7 Aug 7, 2008
"I think that's a pleasant sound," Howard said

Yes, that pleasant sound turns to massive ratteling from the undercarriage of your car, one year after the bricks are layed. I hate the bricks streets, they destroy your car and don't drain worth a darn.
Just the Facts

Clermont, FL

#8 Aug 7, 2008
Why don't we all go back to driving Model T's? Give it up with the brick streets, they are a maintenance hog. Spend the money on something positive, please don't suggest the venues.

Orlando, FL

#9 Aug 7, 2008
i am glad the city has the brick streets.

sometimes thats the only thing that slows down the drivers around here.

thank you mr howard.
2 wheeler

Chicago, IL

#10 Aug 7, 2008
Sure the bricks have charm and historic significance but with that comes the responsibility of maintenance. I've seen some of these brick roads in such disrepair that thy are unsafe to drive. When sections of bricks are missing or worse, sticking up on end, it's only a matter of time before they cause an accident or a motorcyclist (or bicyclist) flipping over their handlebars and being run over by the impatient SUV driver behind them.

Kissimmee, FL

#11 Aug 7, 2008
Driving, running, whatever, it's always a hassle to move around on these brick paved streets. Get rid of them!!

Orlando, FL

#12 Aug 7, 2008
I speed up on brick streets - Livingston is a betch if you go slow. Going faster seems to smooth it out and make it less teeth-rattling.
Bricks for Oil

Satellite Beach, FL

#13 Aug 7, 2008
Drive faster.

They smooth out at higher speeds.

Orlando, FL

#14 Aug 7, 2008
If they had asphalt back in the Model T days, they would have used it.

Orlando, FL

#15 Aug 7, 2008
There should be a class-action lawsuit against the city for the excess wear and tear damage done to our vehicles, even while traveling at slow speeds. I cannot get to where I need to go without traveling on these vehicle-punishing roads. Pave over these nuisances and let 2-3 blocks of Orange Ave in front of City Hall be brick.
Granny in Orlando

Howey In The Hills, FL

#16 Aug 7, 2008
Growing up in downtown Orlando,I learned to skate and ride a bike on them. Florida wouldn't be so hot if there wasn't so much asphalt.
Thanks Mr Howard !

Plymouth, MN

#17 Aug 7, 2008
Bricks are great only if you ride around on horse carriages.

Plymouth, MN

#18 Aug 7, 2008
Dan wrote:
There should be a class-action lawsuit against the city for the excess wear and tear damage done to our vehicles, even while traveling at slow speeds. I cannot get to where I need to go without traveling on these vehicle-punishing roads. Pave over these nuisances and let 2-3 blocks of Orange Ave in front of City Hall be brick.
I think not. I live on a cut through street. The bricks slow the cars on my residential street to 55 miles per hour.

Of course tax dollars will go to "city ambassadors" on Segways for empty downtown, a renovated Citrus Bowl no one uses, a performing arts center no one will be able to afford to go to, and the useless basketball venue. Of course the brick streets will not get tax money. That is something that would benefit the citizens who live in downtown. And we people that live downtown are so much garbage under Buddy and Patty Shemans feet.
Grandma Fudd

Oviedo, FL

#19 Aug 7, 2008
Asphalt requires import of crude oil from our sworn enemies. We make our own bricks right here out of good old Georgia red clay. All you hypocrites that write these cutesy stories about St. Augustine grass and watering plants etc. are missing the point here. Brick streets are the "green" way to pave. Asphalt is just another way to arm the terrorists.
Auent Isabel

Oviedo, FL

#20 Aug 7, 2008
I love it when people complain about the uneven brick streets in front of my house. Stay the Hell away - this ain't no 'cut through' or thoroughfare or race track. If you don't live here, or have business being here, stay away from here.

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