When Downtown's Policies Went to the Southside

April 27, 2010 63 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

In addition to studying and writing about the urban policies that have created vibrancy and success around the country, Metro Jacksonville has also spent a few years documenting the artificial impediments that hold downtown Jacksonville back. We have repeatedly suggested that a combination of downtown specific conditions make it very difficult for any retail or services to succeed, a fact demonstrated by its nearly complete collapse. In these humorous graphics, we conjecture what would happen if those same policies were implemented in the most successful retail area of the city: The St. Johns Town Center.

Parking Enforcement

Parking Meters and Enforcement have nearly destroyed the small business community of downtown. Now its time to move on to the Town Center!  

Starting in 1948 with the issuance of parking fines, the penalties gradually increased and expanded in scope.  By 2005, Bob Carle's Parking Commission was issuing separate tickets in multiples to downtown shoppers for infractions such as "feeding the meter" (it was against the law to put additional quarters in the meters after their time had expired.  

Shoppers were legally required to re park their cars, and they had to move four blocks away from their original parking spot, or it was an additional fine.

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