Updated Program to Repair Downtown

July 3, 2014 6 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Say good-bye to Downtown Vision, Inc. and Downtown Investment Authority. Up the budget of the parks department to maintain urban parks. These are 12 not so hard ways to fix downtown, according to Metro Jacksonville's Stephen Dare.

It's time to say good bye.

3. Disband both DVI and the DIA.

Nothing against DVI or the DIA.

It just addresses the fact that once there is an 'institution' that is in charge of something, the City literally stops doing even basic maintenance or common sense administration, and abdicates all responsibility to small, generally overworked boards and staffs.

The result is that a prodigious amount of money goes through an institution that is fundamentally not scaled to be able to handle the immensity of the projects they are expected to accomplish.

And maybe this is just a function of aggregate problem solving.  Once someone takes charge of something, all the rest of the chiefs take their braves elsewhere.  What the Downtown needs is a functioning City Hall that is responsible for its success in all areas.  It can't subsist on occasional pow wows when something has gone terribly wrong.

This building use to be a gas station.

4. Simplify Zoning to allow for ease of opening businesses and adaptive reuse for alternative living space.

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