Ennis, and Dan fantastic examples.
I'll always remember my wife and I attending pre Super Bowl XXXIX activities and to fully appreciate the new vibrancy of Downtown and the opening of the Northbank Riverwalk we parked at RAM and walked to the Landing for lunch. As we pass the Times Union Center they are setting up for an event. people are walking single file in both directions. We ate at the Landing went down Bay St. took the river taxi over to the then refurbished fountain. Enjoyed the nor easterly damp cold day as well as could be expected. We were going to stay and watch the fireworks. We walked everywhere. We now are making our return trip and that teeny tiny pedestrian pass through that is just highlighted in your examples was shut down with a security guard saying this is a private party and you need to go around. What a nightmare, We got out in front of the Landing and instead of enjoying our new Northbank Riverwalk we are now trying to figure out how to get back. Its drizzling, cold damp, rush hour traffic, construction cones, barricades, We ended up finally being able to connect at the Haskell building and even then it was because of the nice security guard and my plea that all we want to do is reconnect with that Riverwalk.
Tactable urbanism, Ennis I know I'm butchering what you suggested in another thread. But imagine the Food Trucks showing up at the Pier.
What you guys are talking about with the street is great. A temporary cluster at lunch then open it back up.
Same with the Pier. Funding-Piece of cake. Attach an amendment to 2011-560 which is an active piece of legislation Shipyards/Landmar "Hey Jacksonville!" Its the promised Pier. Don't give up on it.
Trucks show up 10-2
1. Taco truck
3. Hot dog
4. Salad, vegtable, and Fruit truck- could also sell some produce.
5. Beer truck PeeJayEss I know your butt will be there. I hope your laughing. I'll be there with you.
6. Seafood truck- That could also sell some fresh seafood
But imagine the cluster of potential activity that could occur. People from the Southbank walking over the Main St. Bridge or cycling. Any boat traffic north or south could participate. Take the river taxi. Kayak to this temporary Urban Waterway Destination.
I can just picture right now North Miami catching an outgoing tide from Fishweir Creek by himself (LOL thats a long paddle) and then it would be an honor to join him throwing back a cold one on Jacksonville's Front Porch........Southern Style
And then after 2 pm everyone leaves and it reverts back to what it has been for years. A vacant waste.