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2030 Mobility Plan: Development Zones

To ensure the creation of a successful multimodal transportation network, the incorporation of complementing land use objectives is a critical objective. Since our community is diverse in terms of neighborhood characteristics, age, building fabric, population density and needs, a location-based approach...

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Downtown: The ThunderLizard Years.

The Thunderlizard Years. In previous articles we have discussed the rise of Jacksonville as a bustling metropolis whose heart and soul, like those of every city before the 20th Century, was located in its hot glowing center. Downtown. Big Shopping Conglomerates, glass enshrined temples of corporate...

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Crumbled Infrastructure: Moncrief Mt. Olive Graveyard

Cemeteries are increasingly becoming a feature of the countries broken infrastructure. Often neglected to the point of ruin, some have become fodder for vandals and even dumping grounds. This is largely because graveyards were traditionally cared for by cemetery associations, and over the years, they...

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Retrofitting Suburbia. Ellen Dunham Jones

Visionary Jacksonville Planning Department Director, Bill Killingsworth, recently brought the meteoric Dunham Jones to speak with our planning department. Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress...

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Revitalizing Cities with Innovative Parks

14 ways to build out innovative parks in crowded cities by Peter Harnik, director, Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land and author of "Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities.

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The Great Reset: What Will It Mean for Jacksonville?

A local planner reviews Urban theorist Richard Florida's explanation of why the recession is the mother of invention and ponders what it means for Jacksonville.

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JTA's plans for I-95/JTB Interchange Shortsighted

Metro Jacksonville explains why JTA's current plans for the I-95/Bulter Boulevard Interchange may be shortsighted.

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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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