Visions of Vibrancy: Seattle

April 23, 2015 10 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

The vibrancy of cities comes in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in internationally known cosmopolitan settings may not be applicable for cities such as Jacksonville, which have struggled with embracing walkability. If we look hard enough, we may realize that this type of view should be challenged. Despite the diversity around the globe, all lively cities, downtowns, and urban cores have something in common: being pedestrian friendly. Today, Metro Jacksonville visits the streets of a Pacific Coast peer: Seattle.



West Edge/Pike Place Market

West Edge is a four-block wide section of downtown Seattle stretching from Belltown to Pioneer Square. It is home to some of Seattle’s most memorable landmarks, including the Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall. Established in 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States.

Jacksonville Connection: The Jacksonville Farmers Market is the state's only public market open seven days a week. Established in 1938, the market attracts 25,000 visitors each week.

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RapidRide is a six line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system carrying riders on nearly 53,500 trips per day. The 64-mile system first began service in October 2010.

Jacksonville Connection: The first phase of JTA's First Coast Flyer BRT system is currently under construction in downtown.

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The Pronto Cylce Sharing bike share system was launced on October 13, 2014. Bike sharing allows individuals to check out bicycles for short trips. Pronto’s cycle sharing system was launched with 500 bikes and 50 stations in Downtown, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and the University District.

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