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How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:06:11 AM »
How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times



Project For Public Spaces (PPS) offers a solution to how struggling urban communities like Jacksonville can continue to thrive by implementing placemaking strategies during this tough economic climate.

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http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2010-dec-how-jacksonville-can-thrive-despite-tough-times

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Re: How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010, 06:41:57 AM »
Great article - thanks.

San Marco Preservation Society, with COJ P&DD's help, is working on a smart growth project for north San Marco that fits very well with this.  We've been calling it San Marco by Design.  We held 5 focus group meetings in the fall (Ecomonic Develompent, Parks & Recreation, Transportation & Infrastucture, Urban Character and Land Use) and will be holding community meetings in the spring.  COJ P&DD will then take the vision we create and incorporate it into the land development code.

If anyone wants to know more specifics, PM me and I will get you the information.

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Re: How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010, 06:46:59 AM »
More on "Going Local" or GoLo:

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When you GoLo, you're making a conscious choice to think "outside the box," avoid the malls and instead patronize the locally owned, locally operated businesses in Jacksonville's historic urban core neighborhoods. These local "Indie" stores play important roles in our communities. They help sustain appealing, compact, walkable neighborhoods, enshrine diversity and choice, and promote a vibrant local economy.

Fortunately, going Lo isn't hard. Because that's also where you'll find the city's best boutiques, restaurants and bars--not to mention communities with unique character, friendly faces and unparalleled style.

Whether it's Five Points, San Marco or Springfield, Avondale, Murray Hill or Downtown, our city's original Town Centers have stores--and stories--you won't find anywhere else. Please support your Locally Owned, Locally Operated businesses. GoLo.

http://letsgolo.wordpress.com/

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Re: How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 12:20:52 PM »
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In a road construction loving city like Jacksonville, investing in better streetscapes would be a great short term option in improving the character of the community.

Excellent observation, IMHO.

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Re: How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 07:21:58 PM »
I'm not sure a sprawling town like Jax can sustain itself in the wake of a major economic crisis. We've sorta played into that "suburbs are better, cars are better, more roads are better, big chains are better" mentality for decades & we're just not prepared like a lot of other more condensed, more self-sustaining cities are. We're actually the exact opposite of that it would seem, at least the vast majority of town & the population as a whole.

Now, thats not to say there aren't pockets of true urban, true sustainable parts of town with people in them that could do these things, but still. I probably wouldnt want to be anywhere around here if the city had to start denying a lot of services because of some budget crisis or gas shot up past $5 a gallon.

Could you imagine the chaos in a sprawled out, unwalkable town with shit for public transportation like Jax??

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Re: How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2010, 07:38:33 PM »
The Internet monster ate my recently posted entry!  Argh!  In a nutshell, it said that we have a lot to overcome when it comes to convincing the suburbanites that downtown is just as safe as their sprawled out neighborhoods.  We have one a major battle in convincing them to come downtown for ArtWalk and for the Jazz Festival.  We still have a way to go, though...
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Re: How Jacksonville Can Thrive Despite Tough Times
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011, 06:11:08 AM »
Absofrigginlutely. and the PUBLIC pier and restriction of the transient vendor ban will enhance everyone's experience of our struggling albeit unique DownTown.
get in touch with Noone and get on board folks.