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Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« on: March 06, 2014, 03:00:01 AM »
Downtown Revitalization: Omaha



Metro Jacksonville takes a visit to one of the more successful downtown revitalization scenes in the country: Omaha, Nebraska.

Read More: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2014-mar-downtown-revitalization-omaha

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 08:18:08 AM »
I must say, I'm impressed by what the Old Market has become. It appears to be a more more vibrant environment than what one would find in a typical second or third tier American city. Great pictures.
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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 08:19:12 AM »
One interesting thing about the picture labeled #1.  A few years ago those sunshades (and window ledges) on the side of the building had a problem with ice collecting on them in the winter and then when it would start to melt it would fall off in chunks and hit people passing under them.  They had to put up a covered scaffolding system to protect people on the sidewalk.  I know the window sills had some snow breakers installed on them to fix that problem but I do not know if they ever did anything about the sunshade blades

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 08:27:08 AM »
I worked at Creighton University for a few months back in 05. First time I have had Bison and Ostrich meat. They have a very nice aquarium and indoor rain forest built in their zoo. Seems like they have been very busy since 05. Goes to show how proper planning can change a city in a relative time frame. Great thread, info, and pics, Thanks

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 08:34:33 AM »
It is a shame about the Jobbers Canyon district, but at least they didn't extend that mistake to Old Market. 

It took making a lot of mistakes nationwide during the '60's, '70's and '80's before the real solutions for urban redevelopment were found and implemented. Unfortunately Jax's mindset is still stuck in 1980 something. 

Omaha was indeed impressive. If I were doing the Midtown project, I would have put more variation among all the tan brick, but otherwise it looks great.   

The Midwest really does have some great cities, Milwaukee, Indy, Minneapolis,St. Paul, Kansas City Mo, St. Louis, and of course Chicago.
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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 09:17:53 AM »
Jobbers Caynon looked pretty interesting.


http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.arc.053

There are some other beauties Omaha has lost over the years, so Jax isn't alone in its boneheaded moves regarding preservation of existing building stock.  However, it does appear that Omaha has learned from its mistakes.


http://content.omaha.com/media/maps/online/buildings/woodmen.jpg
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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 09:19:27 AM »
Omaha was indeed impressive.

Recently, much has been mentioned locally about Jax needing a "brand" or "identity". As a visitor, what was the brand or identity of Omaha?
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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 09:20:48 AM »
Gosh these articles have just become so depressing to read as shows what incompetence our leadership is here in Jax when it comes to developing  the urban core.   All of these stories should be compiled together and SENT  directly to our council members and anyone running for city council and mayor as required reading.  And then with the question of Why is virtually none of this happening in our city??? 

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2014, 02:57:06 PM »
Omaha was indeed impressive.

Recently, much has been mentioned locally about Jax needing a "brand" or "identity". As a visitor, what was the brand or identity of Omaha?

I visited Omaha for a few days this past summer.  I stayed at the Hotel Deco XV, link below, which was impressive for a 4 diamond boutique rehab of a deco building in a small city.

http://hoteldecoomaha.com/

And I would recommend it.  There are other convenient and nice options, as well, however, the hotel will pick you up and take you to the airport in a limo, so that makes it even more convenient.


Omaha didn't seem to have a "brand" when I was there, because it's so small, however, it's definitely a prairie town with a very impressive warehouse building stock and lots of good meat offered up at all the restaurants.  There was a farmer's market, breweries, restaurants, shops, and tons of bars all concentrated in outlying warehousy areas of downtown.

I rented a bike one day with some folks and we went around the waterfront and around downtown.  It's a SUPER CLEAN city, one of the first things that struck me.  Lots of new infill construction/renovations as well (anyone visiting from Jax would be very depressed).

Downtown seemed like a pretty large party, too.  I saw pedal wagons going around town with folks playing drinking games on them, and I met up with a few Creighton students from Jax while I was there.  My honest takeaway from Omaha was that I would MUCH rather live in DT or Midtown Omaha than in any particular neighborhood in Jax, however, Jax is larger and has better weather/more convenience to more things, so I would rather live in Jax overall.

I've had very surprisingly pleasant experiences in lots of Midwestern cities.  Aside from having mom/family from Chicago and experience there, I have a good friend I visit in Milwaukee, which is easily one of my favorite cities in the country.  I've added St. Louis and Omaha to the list of smaller favorites over the past few years.
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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2014, 04:12:54 PM »
When I was in Omaha back in 2010 there were plenty of restaurants in the downtown area, but they weren't very crowded and there weren't many people walking around.  This was early spring so it was still a bit cool, but there was no ice or anything left. I did notice there appeared to be quite a few places to live in downtown Omaha which surprised me because I saw so few people walking to restaurants.  I walked about 6-8 blocks from my hotel to a restaurant.

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2014, 04:56:02 PM »
Omaha was indeed impressive.

Recently, much has been mentioned locally about Jax needing a "brand" or "identity". As a visitor, what was the brand or identity of Omaha?
  Its identity is Berkshire Hathaway.  The city's influence is Warren Buffett.  Boo, evil money grubber.

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2014, 05:16:30 PM »
To call Warren Buffett an evil moneygrubber is just rediculous. Cmon.  Moneygrubber yes, evil, no.

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 05:59:39 PM »
^ :D I believe Sunking was just being sarcastic from some of the comments in this thread:

http://www.metrojacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,20970.msg367703/topicseen.html#new
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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2014, 09:40:47 PM »
Omaha was indeed impressive.

Recently, much has been mentioned locally about Jax needing a "brand" or "identity". As a visitor, what was the brand or identity of Omaha?

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Re: Downtown Revitalization: Omaha
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2014, 09:28:30 AM »
Omaha was indeed impressive.

Recently, much has been mentioned locally about Jax needing a "brand" or "identity". As a visitor, what was the brand or identity of Omaha?

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