It doesn't take millions of dollars and years to significantly transform the atmosphere of Jacksonville's walkable commercial districts. In November 2012, Metro Jacksonville highlighted plans to modify a roadway intersection into a public square, as a late addition to a streetscape project that was already underway. Less than a year later, the conversion of Balis Park into a bonafide centralized public square for San Marco has been realized.
As a result, automobile movement has been improved on existing streets and the community gained a great public amenity. The most impressive feat may be that this project was funded through private donations and took advantage of existing amenities in the area. Here is a before and after look at Balis Park and the intersection of San Marco Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard today.
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