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Creating Synergy: History, The Landing or Metro Park?

"As Downtown goes, so goes your city. judge a city on Downtown and it can't be a ghost town." - Former Mayor Jake Godbold. In an attempt to resolve the dedicated parking obligation for the Landing, the future of historic preservation in Jacksonville has been thrown into the middle of the JEDC's...

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Encore Tampa: A Lesson for Urban Jacksonville

While LaVilla, Brooklyn, and the Shipyards remain in ruins, a major urban infill project, partially funded with federal stimulus dollars as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, recently broke ground in downtown Tampa. What can Jacksonville learn and apply from our neighbor to the South?

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The Jacksonville Landing: Parking Myths vs. Reality

"These mom and pops are in trouble, and until I can get what I need and what was promised, and what 23 years of promises have been, there is a problem," Sleiman said. The city said it doesn't believe there is a problem with parking.

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2030 Mobility Plan: Pedestrian Network

Recently identified as the fourth most deadly city for pedestrians, the proposed 2030 Mobility Plan aims improve the city's pedestrian facilities and network.

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When Downtown's Policies Went to the Southside

In addition to studying and writing about the urban policies that have created vibrancy and success around the country, Metro Jacksonville has also spent a few years documenting the artificial impediments that hold downtown Jacksonville back. We have repeatedly suggested that a combination of downtown...

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2030 Mobility Plan: Bicycle Network

As Jacksonville bristles over the city's recent "worst" rank for bicycling, the 2030 Multimodal Transportation Plan intends to dramatically improve the local bicycle network.

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2030 Mobility Plan: A Driver for Better Development?

Metro Jacksonville takes a look at the proposed 2030 Mobility Plan's ability to make a positive change through encouraging multimodal friendly land use planning.

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Daily Record Publisher, Jim Bailey, Announces Candidacy

Today, the campaign becomes official as Jim Bailey, third generation publisher of the Daily Record announces his candidacy for Mayor. Considered by many to be one of the early front runners, Bailey is a longtime advocate of Downtown.

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Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics

Over the years, Metro Jacksonville has lobbied for simple downtown improvements such as wayfinding signage and improved public parking. These changes are slowly making their way to the streets of downtown, however some minor but important details have been overlooked.

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Integrating First Baptist with Laura St and Downtown

With the Laura Street Streetscape project underway, Metro Jacksonville takes a look at better integrating the First Baptist Church campus with the rest of downtown and eventually Springfield.

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