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Strong Urban Cores Promote Socializing in the City

A University of Utah study suggests that urban sprawl impedes social interactions within cities.

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Losing Springfield Plastics

Springfield Plastics, built in 1922 and located on small commercial strip of Pearl Street, has become a building in need of protection. Its story is the same with many commercial properties in Springfield -- once proud structures which provided jobs and products for the neighborhood, now stand vulnerable...

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For and Against: The Mobility Fee Moratorium (2013-094)

In what is shaping up to be a battle of David and Goliath, Metro Jacksonville continues to stand up to big business interests to illustrate how a three year moratorium (2013-094) on the mobility fee places Jacksonville's taxpayers in a bad financial position. Today, we respond to pro moratorium talking...

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DVI: Existing Mobility Plan Benefits Downtown

According to Downtown Vision's advocacy blog, the mobility plan should be allowed to run its course. Today, Metro Jacksonville shares DVI's position on Councilman Clark's proposed mobility plan moratorium and why they believe it would detract from Downtown revitalization efforts.

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Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides us with their top ten reasons to support locally owned businesses.

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Bill Killingsworth Headed To Tallahassee

Bill Killingsworth, Jacksonville's former planning director and father of the 2030 Mobility Plan, will become the Director of Community Development at the State of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

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Are Jacksonville's Development Patterns Changing?

Over the last year, Jacksonville's Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked 25th in the nation, in terms of percentage of residential construction permits being multifamily projects with more than five units, despite being the 40th by population. Here is a list of the top 30 cities in America for this...

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Dangerous Bridges in Jacksonville

According to the national bridge survey Jacksonville has a number of bridges that received a failing grade. You might NOT want to ride along as we take a look at the data.

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Councilman Redman wants Metro Park concerts stopped

Councilman Don Redman's crusade on downtown's public spaces continues. Following up on his desire to remove benches, tables, and trees from Hemming Plaza, Redman has filed additional legislation to have ticketed events in Metropolitan Park eliminated. Here is a look at the official legislation recently...

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Changing the Urban Landscape in 2013

In 2012, we witnessed a renewed optimism for the future of downtown Jacksonville. Looking forward to 2013, here are five projects that have the potential to stimulate additional life in the urban core.

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