This is my last and final post regarding Toronto, and it has very little to with Toronto. Today, I’m talkin’ Baseball!

Yes, baseball is considered America’s Pastime and is most certainly one of the most iconic American sports there is. I grew up a baseball fan because my dad was a huge baseball fan (New York Met fan no less!). We bonded by going to many games together. When we traveled, we would always go to a game if it was feasible and when the Florida Marlins started playing (We lived in Miami at the time), we went to as many games as possible. So, baseball is the first sport I ever understood and appreciated.

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Today is October 21st, 2015, the day Marty McFly piloted his flying DeLorean from thirty years into the future from 1985. If you were alive in the 80’s or 90’s you must at least be aware of the Back To The Future film franchise if not a significant fan. There are many articles about where BTTF got it right and got it wrong about what life would be like to day. Well, I am hear to report that in terms of city growth and urban economics, BTTF got it nearly 100% RIGHT. In fact, if you want to understand the “urban resurgence” of today, just go watch these films (specifically the first two). Let me explain…

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The reason for my mid-fall visit to Toronto was to present research on office and industrial space markets to the NAIOP Research Foundation Board of Governors and NAIOP National Forums meetings. For those interested in such topics, head over to NAIOP’s website and click on research for more details. One of the central questions being asked at this conference (and being addressed in the research) is how will global forces impact demand for commercial real estate in the United States.

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I just returned from Toronto and will be making a series of blog posts to share some amazing images I was able to capture during my short visit. This picture captures the CN Tower, the most recognizable part of the Toronto Skyline  and one of the tallest structures in the World (apparently, there is a big debate as to where this thing ranks terms of height, just go to wikipedia for yourself, its too boring for me to discuss here!).

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Ah Paris, the international destination I had most wanted to visit since elementary school (this was due to my favorite teacher being French born and thus talked about it a lot!). This photo is of the iconic Eiffel Tower built in 1889 for the World’s Fair. Many residents and intellectuals of the time found it ugly and wanted it torn down. Yes NIMBYism (that’s Not In My Back Yard – ism) was alive back in the 19th Century! I wonder how many Parisians would like it torn down today? This serves as a reminder that what is considered bold, radical, crazy, ugly, or whatever else one may decry as “bad” initally, may become iconic, important, beautiful, inspiring, etc. tomorrow. If you have a good idea stick with it, regardless of how people react! It’s a long term game! #SummerofEurope

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Proud to be a Knight!

Today, I am Proud to be a Knight! Okay, I am proud to be Knight everyday, but today I am especially Proud. Why you may ask? Is it the perfect season our UCF Knights Football team is having? NOPE! (BTW, perfect is much better as 4-0 instead of 0-4, but that is rant for another day!). It because today we revealed at the UCF Real Estate Council meeting that a forthcoming article in the Journal of Real Estate Literature will rank the UCF Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate as the 8th ranked real estate program in the World (7th in the US) based on research productivity (out of a total of 414 active real estate research institutions worldwide). YES, we are a TOP TEN program that outranks many powerhouse institutions including one a few hours north on I-75. What can I say, I love where I work and the impact we are making in the industry and community.

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Where It All Started

This photo was taken in Amsterdam, Netherlands over the summer, or as I commonly called it #SummerofEurope. So why do I say Amsterdam is “Where It All Started”? Well, for several reason. First, this was the first destination on #SummerofEurope. Why? Um, why not! Well there are several good reasons to start a European multi-city tour in Amsterdam; first, Schipol Airport, I should do a whole blog post on this airport and maybe will (yet I didn’t any photos of it!!), but in short it is easy to get to the city from via train (and wayy cheaper in terms of taxes than other popular arrival cities such as London).

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What is the City but the People?

I saw this quote on the side of a government building while doing a quick photowalk in Denver last fall. As I read it, I realized it held the very key to understanding cities and urban dynamics.

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Every Thing For Love

Today is our one year anniversary, and I felt like it was the perfect occasion to post this photo of the “scene of the crime”. Yes, right in front of that glass dome I married my wife Melissa (9/14/2014) and where she said yes when I proposed (9/14/2013) the prior year. For a full review of the Alfond Inn read my prior post Winter Park State of Mind. As for the title Every Thing For Love, well that is from the prominent sign inside the lobby of the hotel.

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The Lakes of Winter Park

If you have visited Winter Park, Florida, you have undoubtedly walked some part of Park Avenue. But were you aware that just blocks away was an amazing chain of natural lakes? The Winter Park Chain of Lakes that is. There is a boat tour that leaves from Morse Avenue by Lake Osceola (where this photo was taken) that travels the narrow canals and lets you see the magnificent homes of Winter Park. Yes, this is lake town, yet so many visitors or even residents ever see it. I love this photo because it looks like it could be taken from any lakefront in Florida, yet it is safely surrounded by Metropolitan Orlando. As a total side note, our system of lakes are one of the reasons our road network is so weird and disjointed in Central Florida, road planners are constantly dodging lakes!

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