I typed up a really long response, but it really all boils down to a few things.
There are really three types of young professionals, the single and usually younger faster living crowd, the married with children well educated couple, and the DINK couple who love to travel and are moving towards having their first kid. I am in that first group of people, so I can mainly just speak to their needs.
There are four types, actually. The not-so-young singles make a fourth type. More specifically, those not coupled, or hell bent on being so. And believe me, the young singles are quite different from the not-so-young singles. Different enough to merit their own category. In fact, I would say those of us who are single, not in their 20s or 30s, have it hardest in this city, socially. So much is either geared towards those with kids and spouses, or young singles who like to party.
I'm a single young-ish professional, who doesn't want to party all the time (sometimes, though!). I wish there were more late night bookstores, late night coffee shops, that kind of thing. I'm not complaining, though, I make do. Still, what I wouldn't give for an independent owned coffee shop and bookstore that stayed open super late...where us night owls who don't necessarily want to hang out at bars all the time, could go on weekend nights. Thank goodness for Bold Bean's later hours, but wouldn't it be great if there were a handful of such options?
I think so.
I'll admit, Jacksonville has grown on me tremendously in my 6 years here. I love living in Riverside, going walking and biking around the hood, hanging out at the Starbucks or Bold Bean and running into so many people I know. It's lovely. And super affordable, here.
Still, I'd kill for a couple more late night places that didn't focus on alcohol. That served alcohol, but didn't focus on it. Cafes and bookstores.
Thanks for listening! Er...reading, I mean.