Sarasota’s Evolving Downtown North: A Follow-Up

On the heels of last week’s post about Gillespie Park, we’d like to share an article on the area from SRQ Magazine. Downtown Sarasota—including Main Street, Laurel Park, Gillespie Park, the Rosemary District, and all the surrounding neighborhoods—has been in flux for decades. After it boomed it busted, and just twenty years ago it seemed our deserted downtown core might be down for the count. But a number of determined locals refused to let it die, and downtown Sarasota today is a beautiful (and increasingly bustling) place to live, work, and play.

We at LPM understand that change of any sort is never easy, and that all too often changes in neighborhoods (particularly when made by developers) pave the way for gentrification and price out the very people who remained committed to those neighborhoods through the tough times. Change of this sort can line the pockets of a few, but it rarely makes a neighborhood a truly better place.

That said, change is inevitable, everywhere and always, and can be a tremendously positive thing. After all, it wasn’t long ago that our charming Historic Laurel Park neighborhood was less than savory. Gillespie Park and the Rosemary District are vital downtown neighborhoods with their own distinct mix of characteristics and their own distinct futures. Just imagine what they can be—not as imitations of Laurel Park, but as the best and most fully realized versions of themselves!

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Discovery Days Preschool is Accepting Applications!

If you live in Sarasota and have preschool age children, you might want to look into Discovery Days Preschool. Admittedly, we at Laurel Park Management are biased—Discovery Days is owned and run by LPM owner and operator Devin Rutkowski’s wife, Marian—but Discovery Days really does offer a little piece of heaven for the little ones (and more than a little peace of mind for the big ones). If you don’t believe us, go check it out for yourself!

Located in downtown Sarasota’s historic Laurel Park neighborhood at 1773 Morrill Street, Discovery Days Preschool offers a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. Established in 1992, Discovery Days is set in a small, private, 1930s school house. Discovery Days is nationally accredited, and offers limited class sizes led by skilled and caring teachers.

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LPM Owner and Green Builder Devin Rutkowski Interviewed by Planologie

The “Arts & Crafts” movement popularized at the turn of the 20th century and coinciding with the birth of the classic American Bungalow has been rediscovered at Bungalow Builders, LLC. We trade excess square footage for efficient use of space and include rich architectural details, intimate nooks, character and comfort. Our homes are designed for low maintenance and low operating costs.

Each of our new (old) homes includes a traditional front porch, classic proportions and authentic materials all within an energy conscience compact footprint. We believe in a “less is more” design philosophy that results in an authentic Bungalow home. We respect every future home owner and home site and work tirelessly to create that special place to call home.

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