ORLANDO — There could be a chill running through the minds of some residents of downtown Orlando today.
It’s not that a single high-profile criminal case — the arrest by Orlando Police homicide detectives of Stephen Michael Duxbury on Friday in the murder or Sasha Samsudean — is likely to scare people away from downtown.
There have been other crimes in downtown Orlando, some briefly high-profile, others quickly forgotten. But that’s the case with major cities across not just Florida, but the nation. Orlando does not have the same reputation for crime and violence that other major cities, including Chicago, have been struggling with this year.
And ask anyone who lives in the region, or frequently visits Orlando, and most will say they feel safe downtown, including at night. The SunRail trains bring visitors to four stops in downtown, and crowds flock to the Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Citrus Bowl without incident. They see theatrical productions at Mad Cow Theatre, and dine at the restaurants along Orange Avenue and Wall Street Plaza, check out the region’s history at the Orange County Regional History Center, and bring the nightclubs like The Social to life at night. Continue reading