Alex Lenhoff

Alex Lenhoff is a graduate of the Masters of Planning in Civic Urbanism program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His other degrees include anthropology and foreign languages, which provide him with a diverse, human-centered perspective on urban planning. Alex returned to Orlando after spending a few years traveling through Europe, teaching English, and attending universities in Germany and Spain. He hopes to use his experiences abroad to further the built environment in Florida through efficient design, environmentally friendly practices, and authentic communities. During his time at The Grid, Alex wrote about Orlando’s challenges and successes, while profiling a city coming into its own.

A Farewell from Alex Lenhoff

by Alex Lenhoff

Looking at a city through the lens of an urban planner gives you a different perspective than the average citizen. Sure, it might make you pessimistic at times, but you are also aware of the positive changes cities make ... Read article

Learning from Tourism-Based Transit: An Orlando, Florida, Case Study

by Alex Lenhoff

Orlando, Florida, is consistently the most-visited city in the United States with 48 million annual tourists. It should come as no surprise, then, that a major portion of the local economy is made up of service, hospital... Read article

Two New Intermodal Stations for Miami, Florida

by Alex Lenhoff

Travel to and from Miami is about to get a whole new look. Miami is already easy to reach by car, ship, or plane; after all, PortMiami is the busiest cruise port in the world and Miami International is the second-busiest... Read article

3 Ways to Create Opportunities for Rural Floridians

by Alex Lenhoff

Tourists and residents flock to Florida’s metropolitan areas to enjoy bustling theme parks, cities that spill into the ocean, and shiny downtown high-rises. Still, just beyond the city limits, the Sunshine State remains ... Read article

The Importance of New Urbanism in Orlando, Florida

by Alex Lenhoff

Florida is a state of dichotomies. Even after a decade of explosive population growth, much of the Sunshine State remains very rural. Coastal cities like Miami are home to the international super-rich, while just blocks ... Read article

Talking Sustainability: An Interview with Orlando, Florida’s Creative Village Developer

by Alex Lenhoff

Technology, education, and sustainability are the driving forces behind Orlando’s upcoming Creative Village, a 68-acre infill project in downtown Orlando. Craig Ustler, 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando mainstay and co-... Read article

Florida's Most Well-Connected Cities

by Alex Lenhoff

For decades, Amtrak has been the only train system to serve most Florida cities, save for Miami. In the coming years, however, residents and visitors to the Sunshine State can expect a more extensive and much more connec... Read article

Florida’s Pre-Bust Land Preservation Boom

by Alex Lenhoff

In the past decade, Florida has protected more critical natural lands than any other state in the US. Together, Florida Forever and Preservation 2000 form the largest public land acquisition program in the country. These... Read article

Defining an Urban Growth Boundary through Preservation: A Central Florida Case Study

by Alex Lenhoff

Throughout history, geological features have shaped our greatest cities. From the rivers that bound the island of Manhattan to the mountains that form Rio de Janeiro, challenging terrain has created many of our densest a... Read article

Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida: Bringing Together Culture and Sustainability

by Alex Lenhoff

Why has downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park been closed for the past few years? Because city officials, architects, and construction crews are working tirelessly on the city’s most exciting new bayside destination: Miami’... Read article

The Ups and Downs of Community Venues: The Triple Crown of Downtown Orlando, Florida

by Alex Lenhoff

In 2006, city officials announced plans for a “triple crown” for downtown Orlando. The idea called for the largest public building project the region had ever seen: three new and updated venues that would liven up Centra... Read article

5 Ways to Bring People Back to Downtown: Examples from Orlando, Florida

by Alex Lenhoff

Orlando, Florida’s downtown is undergoing what you might call a “residential renaissance.” As one of the leaders in this national trend, Orlando is seeing faster growth in its downtown than in its suburbs. Economists ... Read article

How to Revolutionize a City's Transit System: An Orlando, Florida Case Study

by Alex Lenhoff

How does a city go from a bus-only transit system to a multi-modal network in a decade? Despite early setbacks, metropolitan Orlando is well on its way to getting connected. In the next few years, public and private proj... Read article