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Visions of Vibrancy: Paris

The vibrancy of cities comes in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in internationally known comsopolitan settings may not be applicable for cities that have struggled with embracing walkability, such as Jacksonville. If we look hard enough, we may realize that this type of view should be challenged. Despite the diversity around the globe, all lively cities, downtowns and urban cores have something in common: being pedestrian friendly.

Published February 14, 2014 in Learning From      16 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article




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16 Comments

tufsu1

February 14, 2014, 08:31:18 AM
At one of the World Class Jax meeting someone asked what a world class downtown would be....the answer given was if downtown Jax in 2025 could be what Uptown Charlotte is today, we would be world class

stephendare

February 14, 2014, 08:53:36 AM
At one of the World Class Jax meeting someone asked what a world class downtown would be....the answer given was if downtown Jax in 2025 could be what Uptown Charlotte is today, we would be world class

seriously?

thats pretty sad.  But do you think the mindset required to think such nonsense is helped along by constant equivocations and 'why not settle for something realistic' arguments throughout our alleged visionary and creative class?

thelakelander

February 14, 2014, 09:00:47 AM
If you're relying on public funds then you should probably concentrate on realistic things.  If you're willing to risk lighting your own money on fire, shooting for "visionary" that may not make logical sense from an investment standpoint, then go for it.

stephendare

February 14, 2014, 09:01:37 AM
If you're relying on public funds then you should probably concentrate on realistic things.  If you're willing to risk lighting your own money on fire, shooting for "visionary" that may not make logical sense from an investment standpoint, then go for it.

meh. Must not know much about the history of Paris, Lake.

The remark wasnt aimed at a recent discussion about architecture. although certainly thats part of it.  But claims like our downtown is full of great dining options and listing a supermarket before it was even renovated as one of them, or claims that we cant pay our actors and theatrical performers despite hundred thousand dollar budgets for a production, or that our buildings cant be used for academies because the director of the Florida Theatre might want to hold guitar lessons and patron parties in some of the rooms.

Its in all directions sometimes, and it blunts the possibilities that we have as a city if our creative classes are the first to discourage something wonderful from happening, or substituting crap for the real thing.

ben says

February 14, 2014, 09:08:50 AM
Who got to go for these pics?

Will be there in a few weeks (along with Amsterdam).

thelakelander

February 14, 2014, 09:19:30 AM
^Lunican went. Take some pics of Amsterdam to share with the rest of us.

thelakelander

February 14, 2014, 09:25:23 AM
If you're relying on public funds then you should probably concentrate on realistic things.  If you're willing to risk lighting your own money on fire, shooting for "visionary" that may not make logical sense from an investment standpoint, then go for it.
But claims like our downtown is full of great dining options and listing a supermarket before it was even renovated as one of them, or claims that we cant pay our actors and theatrical performers despite hundred thousand dollar budgets for a production, or that our buildings cant be used for academies because the director of the Florida Theatre might want to hold guitar lessons and patron parties in some of the rooms.

Its in all directions sometimes, and it blunts the possibilities that we have as a city if our creative classes are the first to discourage something wonderful from happening, or substituting crap for the real thing.

I'm not sure I'd equate any of the claims with being "realistic" when it comes to improving the city or actual investment that produces great ROI. A lot of that is nothing more than barriers and regulations that need to be removed/modified to allow better facilitation of free market rate growth.

finehoe

February 14, 2014, 11:23:50 AM
Not too shabby for a socialist hellhole.

ben says

February 14, 2014, 11:43:44 AM
Not too shabby for a socialist hellhole.

 ;D ;D

stephendare

February 14, 2014, 12:52:30 PM
Not too shabby for a socialist hellhole.

exactly.  With centuries of tradition in public investment in projects like the museums, the infrastructure, the beauty of the architecture and bridges.

I lived there for a while, it is literally my favorite city on the earth.

ben says

February 14, 2014, 01:47:04 PM
Stephen: what part of town did you live?

stephendare

February 14, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
near metro 10.  Rue Mouffetard most of the time.

Keith-N-Jax

February 14, 2014, 04:25:27 PM
Nice photo thread. I truly enjoyed my trip there when I went.

BoldBoyOfTheSouth

February 14, 2014, 07:24:51 PM
Paris is beautifully grand but is delightfully human scaled.

BoldBoyOfTheSouth

February 14, 2014, 07:26:28 PM
Jacksonville can learn from Paris by becoming a city of true neighborhoods where everything that you need for your daily life is all within a twenty block radius of home.

Keith-N-Jax

February 14, 2014, 07:38:59 PM
Jacksonville can learn from Paris by becoming a city of true neighborhoods where everything that you need for your daily life is all within a twenty block radius of home.


You know most of the European cities are like this. Its really nice. Not just Jax can learn, most of USA.
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