In 2014, the redevelopment in and around downtown finally kicked into an extra gear. Looking forward to 2015, here are five projects and points of discussion that have the potential to.....as Mayor Alvin Brown would say... "take Jacksonville to the next level".
1. Fireworks Coming to City Hall
In 2011, Alvin Brown shocked the world, upsetting Mike Hogan to become the first African-American to win a mayoral election in Jacksonville. Having the backing of major Republican fundraiser Peter Rummell was a major reason Jacksonville ended up electing its first Democrat in 20 years. After not getting their, Rummell and his Republican friends have parted ways with Mayor Brown.
Well guess what, this is an election year and former City Council President Bill Bishop may be the most qualified for the job. However, all the Republican money is flowing into Lenny Curry's pockets instead of Bishop or Mayor Alvin Brown. Nobody knows how this race will end but without a doubt, get your popcorn ready because there will be fireworks.
Editorial by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at firstname.lastname@example.org