Titusville lies on the banks of the Indian River, right across the water from the NASA launch pads - so it's an ideal location to watch Space Shuttle take-offs ... but that's just about it. At any other time Titusville looks like it's closed, and not for refurbishment.
Visiting Titusville is like leaping back in time by at least 30 years. Sometimes that's not a bad thing - providing historical sites are maintained. But this is a whole different ball game. This is neglect on a town-wide scale.
Titusville is stuck in the '70s, but not intentionally so. Without sounding harsh, this town urgently needs a face-lift. It's run-down, decrepit and looks like no upkeep's been done since man last walked on the Moon. Now there's quaint and there ain't. Titusville doesn't fall into the latter, it plummets. This community must make bucket loads of cash from the hundreds of thousands of sightseers who come through here every year to watch the Shuttle launches ... but not one penny seems to have been spent on keeping the town up-to-date. The buildings are old and shoddy. Paintwork is faded and cracked everywhere. Roads and parking lots need resurfacing. The malls and public amenities look like they were thrown up during the booming Space Race era and haven't been touched since, at least not by a paintbrush.
The eateries are dirty and the accommodations resemble the Bates motel from Psycho. Overall perception of Titusville is a tired old town desperately in need of a make-over. The town council need to reinvest heavily to make the place habitable, or in the very least more attractive. Even the shopping malls need decommissioning. There's one (called Miracle City Mall) that only has one store in it! In fact, the amount of shoppers was surpassed by the amount of cockroaches! On a lighter note, It was entertaining to watch local bums dig for scraps in Sears' dumpsters.
Come on, Titusville ... get with the program! You've milked the Space Program and its tourists for far too long. Now it's time to drag yourself into the 21st century and reinvest!
My advice is: If you're passing through Titusville, keep going. There are far prettier towns up and down the Space Coast that don't feel like you've stumbled into the Twilight Zone.