I am not for closing any roads in the downtown area. Look at South bank. All the roads that once lead to the river form San Marco have been closed for the big riverfront projects.
They were even trying to close Laura Street adjacent to the river for a parking garage.
I was quoted earlier about my statement in 1989 about a "swath of land". I had proposed a central park bounded on the north by Duval Street and the South by Monroe Street extending from Market Street on the east to Jefferson Street (engaging Hemming Plaza to the west. There would be two levels of parking under the park (similar to Union Square in San Fransisco) from Market Street to Main Street.
I still support a major green space in the town core. No streets were proposed to be closed. I have a model in my office that illustrates this. Green space need not violate the main street fabric of the city.
There is a major Green Space in the town core. Its Hogan Creek. Not another single building needs to come down, and the ideas that drove this phenomenon in our city have been nothing short of madness.
There are actually two, and frankly it is to our lasting shame that none of the local designers seem to be smart enough to come up with a creative way to utilize it as a public green space, and that is the freaking st john's river. Its massive.
What? No One knows how to make an aqua park anymore? In Florida? In the South? On one of the Great Rivers of North America?
It is time to start implementing the opposite disaster policies of the past 50 years, and that is to build and infill and create density in the town core that has been almost utterly destroyed by these uninformed, aesthetic polices.