That’s a comment often heard and seems to be so. It was amazing to watch as the trees come down and new homes, buildings, storage units, businesses, the local mall, and the outlet mall consumed so much space on the northern end of Williamson and Clyde Morris Boulevard and all surrounding areas.
A few years ago, seven miles was the distance from my home to work. On the way to work I would casually count all the new apartment buildings and homes.
One day someone on Facebook referred to the Daytona/Ormond area as the new New York. That was hard to imagine—our tourist location becoming like the former capitol! Now I see other apartment complexes under construction… and when finished, cars parked in all the spaces. Wow.
I decided to look us up and see what the world thought was happening here. From Forbes magazine: “Volusia County, Florida —The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach area has been listed among America’s fastest-growing cities in 2017. According to Forbes, the Deltona-Daytona Beach- Ormond Beach metro area ranked 4th on their list as an area in the U.S. experiencing surges in growth.”
That is information from 2017. It had al-ready been going on for years. We actually changed along with what we noticed and what we committed to memory. Adding years could have had something to do with it, though the Pandemic year, deserved a lot of blame.
The latest changes in the Daytona/ Ormond area is the widening of streets and adding access entrances to all the new buildings.
We were here when they were planning the fantastic Daytona Speedway that brings so many to the races and other events. Now we have Daytona One.
We were here when Palm Coast was planned and built.
We were here when Port Orange grew to a fine city and when the south end of Williamson grew and added a new kind of mall. As a result of all these things, morning and afternoon traffic has increased many times over.
We were here when a hurricane devastated a large portion of the city of Daytona Beach Shores.
As to whether or not this will become a southern New York that remains to be seen. Growth the last few years actually has changed what we notice and what we commit to memory.
Many of us have sold our homes and cars and now reside in apartment buildings. Even so, I always liked our area the way it was and will wait and see what the future brings.
Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.