It's sad to see how Art Walk has declined. The first time I attended was in 2006. Back then, I lived in Jacksonville Beach and, while I had formerly worked Downtown, I never spent time any down time there; nobody did at the time. So, it was a foreign and intoxicating experience to roam the somewhat foreign streets, and the vibe was so way cool. In 2007, I moved into The Carling Apartments, and was delighted to find Art Walk beginning literally right outside my own front door. My friends and I had pre-Art Walk parties at either The Carling or 11 E, and we never missed a single First Wednesday. It was a priority. We loved it. Even as the events of the evening wound to a close, I could hear the strains of the "I Love Lucy" theme song being played on a saxophone beneath my window. It was very unique and special. I was in love with the entire "urban pioneer" experience. Unfortunately, over the years, the cool factor wore off. Art Walk, like Downtown Jacksonville itself, lost its mystique. I, like many of my friends, found myself purposely avoiding it at almost any cost. I am not really sure what happened. I only know that I miss the Downtown Jacksonville of 2007-2009. I have since moved far away, but on the rare occasions that I do get to visit my favorite places there--Chamblain's Book Mine, La Cena Ristorante, and Magnificat Cafe--I wonder what on Earth happened to the enchantment that once encircled The Urban Core. It seems a shame to have let such a beautiful flame die out.