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Transportation and the New Generation

Metro Jacksonville shares a study that examines why young people are driving less and what it means for transportation policy. What does this mean for Jacksonville's economic future and are our leaders paying attention to the trends?

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Ten Principles for Creating A Successful Hemming Plaza

In 2005, Metro Jacksonville pointed out to the JEDC and Peyton Administration why the Main Street Pocket Park would struggle to succeed if built. We were ignored and $800,000 later, the chickens eventually came home to roost as our warnings became reality. Now that we're destined to repeat the same...

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The Premature Destruction of Downtown Jacksonville

In recent weeks, many have openly advocated the immediate demolition of the Duval County Courthouse and the former city hall buildings along East Bay Street. Today, Metro Jacksonville explains why this idea is just a repeat of the failed strategies that have torn Downtown Jacksonville apart over the...

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Downtown Disappearing Act

Question: What does every structure shaded in yellow have in common?

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Redeveloping Hemming Plaza

In 2005, Metro Jacksonville pointed out to the JEDC and Peyton Administration why the Main Street Pocket Park would struggle to succeed if built. We were ignored and $800,000 later, the chickens eventually came home to roost as our warnings became reality. Now a City Council committee is in search...

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Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship 2012

Sights and scenes from Metro Jacksonville's first Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship as well as Downtown Vision's position regarding food trucks in downtown Jacksonville's revitalization.

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Food Trucks in Jax: DVI Board Votes No

With Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship taking place this weekend, Downtown Vision's Board of Directors votes to further restrict this burgeoning small business sector from being a part of our downtown revitalization process. With our public agencies continuing to take a sledgehammer to a fly and prohibiting...

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Food Trucks and Their Impact on Downtown Revitalization

With one full week to go before the first Jax Truckies Food Truck Championship, Metro Jacksonville explores the food truck craze, and how downtown could benefit from embracing the industry's popularity.

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The S-Line: The Key To Urban Economic Revitalization?

While much of the City of Jacksonville's economic development focus has been centered on downtown and big-ticket items such as the Duval County Courthouse and a new convention center, Metro Jacksonville exposes an amenity that surpasses them all: The S-Line Right-of-Way.

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Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places

Sometimes instead of dreaming of big ticket and expensive public financed projects for downtown revitalization, it's better to take a step back and attempt to understand the basics of what makes a space great. With this in mind, Project For Public Spaces (PPS) has identified 11 key elements in transforming...

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