When Downtown's Policies Went to the SouthsideApril 27, 2010 63 comments 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.
"too far from the curb" (the meter maids were equipped with measuring tape and all cars 13 or more inches from the curb were given a 25 dollar fine. This was so strictly enforced that the metermaids were often not visible as they were kneeling to measure the distances),
"Too far away from meter" (same as the curb, but the allowable distance was 16 inches).
Before Metro Jacksonville and Councilwoman Suzanne Jenkins lobbied the City successfully to change the Parking Ordinance, shoppers were routinely being issued 50-70 dollars worth of multiple tickets by parking enforcement. That cleared them off the street in no time.