Downtown Revitalization: Washington, DC

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Is it too late for a downtown Jacksonville turnaround? Many were asking the question about this city's downtown 20 years ago. Today, Metro Jacksonville looks at the rapid revitalization of Downtown Washington, D.C.

Tale of the Tape:

Washington, DC City Population 2012: 632,323 (City); 5,703,948 (Metro 2012) - (incorporated in 1790)

Jacksonville City Population 2012: 836,507 (City); 1,377,850 (Metro 2012) - (incorporated in 1832)

City population 1950: Jacksonville (204,517); Washington, DC (802,178)

City Land Area

Washington, DC: 61.4 square miles
Jacksonville: 757.7 square miles

Metropolitan Area Growth rate (2010-2012)

Washington, DC: +3.98%
Jacksonville: +2.40%

Urban Area Population (2010 census)

Washington, DC: 4,586,770 (ranked 8 nationwide)
Jacksonville: 1,065,219 (ranked 40 nationwide)

Urban Area Population Density (2010 census)

Washington, DC: 3,470.3 people per square mile
Jacksonville: 2,008.5 people per square mile

City Population Growth from 2010 to 2012

Washington: +30,600
Jacksonville: +14,723

Convention Center Exhibition Space:

Washington, DC: Walter E. Washington Convention Center (2003) - 703,000 square feet
Jacksonville: Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (1985) - 78,500 square feet

Connected to or across the street from Convention Center:

Washington, DC: Washington DC Marriott Marquis - 1,175 rooms
Jacksonville: N/A

Tallest Building/Structure:

Washington, DC: Washington Monument - 555 feet
Jacksonville: Bank of America Tower - 617 feet

Fortune 500 companies 2013 (City limits only):

Washington, DC: Fannie Mae (12), Danaher (152), Pepco Holdings (483)
Jacksonville: CSX (231), Fidelity National Financial (353), Fidelity National Information Services (434)

Urban infill obstacles:

Washington, DC: There are none.
Jacksonville: State & Union Streets cut off downtown Jacksonville from Springfield.

Downtown Nightlife District:

Washington, DC: Chinatown
Jacksonville: The Elbow, The Jacksonville Landing

Common Downtown Albatross:

There are no clear common ailments.

Who's Downtown is more walkable?

Washington, DC: 96 out of 100, according to
Jacksonville: 78 out of 100, according to

Mass Transit

For many years, downtown Jacksonville's terminal was the largest train station south of Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.  With plans to restore rail service back to downtown Jacksonville, Union Station can provide us with a glimpse of what could possibly be in our old station's future.

Attracting over 32 million annual visitors, Union Station is one of the busiest train stations in the country. Completed in 1907, the intermodal center is served by Amtrak, MARC, VRE commuter rail, local buses and the Washington Metro subway trains. Today, the station's original concourse features multiple levels of retail shops and restaurants.

The DC Circulator is downtown's latest addition. At just $1 and with buses arriving every 10 minutes, the Circulator provides daily bus service connecting downtown with Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Rosslyn, Navy Yard, and Potomac Avenue.

Interior of Union Station

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