Mayor Brown is good friends with Mayor Reed....perhaps a personal invite is in order
They're good friends? In my opinion, he's *everything* Brown is not. They are total opposites. Reed even looks confident whereas Brown always looks like a fish out of water, unsure of himself. Totally off topic, but Reed has a good reputation amongst the city's business leaders, and he has proven himself in nearly every way, on the education front and on the budget side. Brown seems to have pissed off a ton of people and not really done anything, but again I don't watch the daily news in Jax so I could be missing something. If they are friends, Brown needs a "come to Jesus" talk from Reed, especially if Brown wants to ensure he's not the *last* AA mayor to be elected in Jax (or Democrat for that matter).
While I'm very supportive of transits improvements in general, it's still a guess whether Atlanta's street car line will be successful.
Atlanta's streetcar will be a dismal failure. It has already spurred development (at least that's the cited reason for a few projects), but it goes nowhere and the AA community essentially in charge of the Sweet Auburn/Edgewood Historic District has blocked all new development/redevelopment prospects for the area in the guise that further gentrification will detract from the community's historic appeal. The first streetcar proposal was not the best, but followed a route that would have been extremely useful (Peachtree) and would have at least been ridden. It was shot down by the feds because there was no local funding support.
I ride streetcars every day now, hop on hop off, and can attest to how useful they are. I think if Jacksonville is going to put any sort of system in, it needs to be prepared to build more densely, even in historic areas. In Jacksonville's case, a plan to put in fixed rail should come with major public financial incentive of some sort to build TOD around the rail and certainly around the stations. Presently where one can build, nobody will without incentive (LaVilla), and all other areas are taken up by historic SFR or blighted buildings (Avondale, Springfield) or land owned by groups with plans still halfway on the table (San Marco).