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Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« on: May 30, 2011, 07:48:26 AM »
Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success



Sights and scenes from Downtown's 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. There is no doubt that this year's Jazz Festival an unqualified success, one of several for the City, and its vivacious Special Events Office. More than that, it was also solid proof that a properly planned urban festival creates the synergy and crowds that will help breathe life back into the urban core. Check out these amazing photos, showing the densest crowds packed into downtown streets in recent years.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 08:35:09 AM »
A huge hit... enjoyed yesterday... my only day to attend. :) 8)
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 09:17:49 AM »
Love the swirly-swoopy fabric thingies everywhere.

And as MetJax has been saying forever, the solution to the "vagrant problem" downtown is to simply outnumber them.  I presume the same hundred-odd homeless people are still in these pics somewhere, but it's irrelevant when there are several thousand other folks filling the space.

Great pictures...thanks!

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 10:10:33 AM »
Had a good time out there Saturday night and then a fantastic late night snack at Kickback's. I wish the place looked like that every weekend (well, maybe with fewer people sitting in lawn chairs in the middle of Monroe St). Hooplady is right - we may have seen a couple vagrants but didn't notice them among all the other people.

Plus, it was Jacksonville, with all that live music, and no Skynyrd! It was like I was in a whole other world!

And the fountain looked FANTASTIC. My wife and the couple we were with watched it from the Main St Bridge for 10 minutes and caught it just as the middle fountain shot up. Haven't seen that in forever. It looks better than it ever did.

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 11:19:28 AM »
WOW!  Almost Unbelievable

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 11:50:42 AM »
02, We watched you take those first two pictures.  Hope you weren't so busy with the camera that you couldn't enjoy Tiner's fantastic music.
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2011, 10:04:07 AM »
Sunday was super busy, loved seeing everyone downtown.  Using the skyway, buying from local mechants, everything was great.
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 10:31:56 AM »
Hmm.  Where are the homeless and vagrants?  Were they relocated or did they just blend in with the crowd?  It seems to me one of the simple solutions for DT is to program the hell out it.  More events (in the actual core, not Metropolitan Park) on a regular basis equates to more people on the streets on a regular basis.
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 10:40:08 AM »
correct Stephen...I was out around 10am Saturday morning and saw some folks in Hemming Plaza playing chess, cards and the usual....by a little after noon they were largely invisible

Also keep in mind that some homeless aren't really comfortable around crowds of people...be that mental illness, fear of ridicule, etc....so once the crwods picked up, they went soemwhere else.


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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 11:13:02 AM »
Hmm.  Where are the homeless and vagrants?  Were they relocated or did they just blend in with the crowd?  It seems to me one of the simple solutions for DT is to program the hell out it.  More events (in the actual core, not Metropolitan Park) on a regular basis equates to more people on the streets on a regular basis.

The thing about the homeless is that when there is a multitide of people, they kind of disppear into the background. Thats why the homeless are not an issue with our DT IMO. the more active DT becomes, the less you will see them.
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2011, 11:49:14 AM »
Hmm.  Where are the homeless and vagrants?  Were they relocated or did they just blend in with the crowd?  It seems to me one of the simple solutions for DT is to program the hell out it.  More events (in the actual core, not Metropolitan Park) on a regular basis equates to more people on the streets on a regular basis.

Makes sense to me.  I seem to recall this was one of the Godbold administration's points of emphasis too.
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2011, 11:54:53 AM »
Had a great time on Sunday.  Wild Magnolias at the Hemming Stage put on a helluva show with several 2nd lines through the crowd One of which was b/c the stage nazis wouldn't let them bring people out of the crowd onto the stage. This is apparently part of their regular stage show everywhere but the band seemed aghast that event officials would be so opposed.

Landing stage was nice with the breeze coming off the river.  Beautiful setting with the river and bridges in the background. The members of the band Artofficial felt so at home (they're from Miami) that they kept referring to it as the harbor.   We kind of avoided the main stage b/c there is absolutely no shade.  Caught a portion of Herbie Hancock but was somewhat underwhelmed and caught the tail end of Guitarzz at Hemming Stage.

All in all had a great time with lots of good people watching, chamber of commerce weather and some fantastic music for FREE!  Downtown is a fantastic overall venue for this event.  Much better than Metro park.

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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2011, 11:56:28 AM »
Hmm.  Where are the homeless and vagrants?  Were they relocated or did they just blend in with the crowd?  It seems to me one of the simple solutions for DT is to program the hell out it.  More events (in the actual core, not Metropolitan Park) on a regular basis equates to more people on the streets on a regular basis.

Makes sense to me.  I seem to recall this was one of the Godbold administration's points of emphasis too.

Peyton was quoted as saying that too. The idea is that the more people total there are downtown, the less the homeless population stands out.
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Re: Jacksonville Jazz Festival a Huge Success
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2011, 01:40:05 PM »
If any of you rode the Skyway during Jazz Fest, you should make sure to email JTA good or bad experiences.