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Jacksonville in the minds of others
« on: October 26, 2006, 12:00:00 AM »
Jacksonville in the minds of others

Karen Mathis of the Times-Union recently wrote a balanced piece on how Jacksonville is perceived by outsiders.  Mathis was recently in Missouri to speak at a tax conference (the after-party there must have been WILD!) and informally surveyed some of the attendees on their thoughts on Jacksonville.  It seemed like the majority had no opinion of our city.  Of those who did know of Jacksonville, they had relatively little positive to say.

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2006, 08:53:38 AM »
I think the general population outside of Jacksonville and its surrounds have no opinion of the city.  Other than having a football team this city is relatively unknown.  It also tends to be disassociated with the rest of the state which could be part of some of the negative feelings.

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2006, 11:34:16 AM »
I still believe the homeless problem is the major issue. Even if you have the mindset that all homeless people are good people that are just down on their luck, you don't travel out of your comfy suburbs to see them poop on the sidewalk. Since we currently do not have a big pedestrian type of downtown, all you see is the homeless. We may not have more homeless than other cities are size when it comes down to per capita, but visually, it's everywhere... This is a major problem.


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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2006, 12:27:15 PM »
No doubt, the homeless problem is a major issue.  But that doesn't mean we have to pick and chose our battles.  We should strive to solve that and at the same time, be able to take advantage of opportunities like the farmer's market potentially moving downtown.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2006, 09:26:50 PM »
It is not important what the outsiders think of the city if no one who lives in the city wants to move Downtown.  Unfotunately, even though downtown has many great aspects and services the locals' image of downtown still is dominated by four structures...The Landing, The Stadium, The Jail, and the Maxwell House factory.  Each of these locations is positioned along the river and are dominant icons of our downtown landscape.  While the landing and the stadium are positives for downtown in between these are the two most despised aspects of downtown.  A jail that provides a better river view than most residents of our fair city can afford and an old factory that drops its rank smell covering the north and south banks with a burnt coffee fog day in and day out.
It will be impossible to 're-invent/re-brand' downtown without removing these two eyesores.  Moving the jail will get rid of the numerous bail bond sites, seedy individuals roaming the area, and open up public land for development (possibly affordable housing, parks, monorail station, farmers market).  And offering incentives for the relocation of the maxwell house plant will rid the most important street for downtown redevelopment (Bay St.) of a stinch that no one wants to live next to nor visit on a regular basis.
There must be a reason to go downtown and while the city tries to convince people to go downtown with better services (library, JMOMA), incentives for development, and more streetscaping the city simultaneously is driving people away by letting two eyesores dominate the riverfront and peoples' preceptions.


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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2006, 10:23:04 AM »
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