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A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« on: November 30, 2009, 06:07:22 AM »
A New Look For San Marco Boulevard



In the upcoming months, San Marco Boulevard will be reconstructed to enhance walkability between one of Jacksonville's densest neighborhoods and the Downtown Southbank.

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2009, 08:30:24 AM »
I didn't know this was in the works.  Extending the pedestrian-friendly environment to I-95 is a great idea.  I doubt that it could be successfully extended to the Southbank Riverwalk though.   Good time to take and post some 'before' pictures. 
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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2009, 09:10:52 AM »
One question. Why are they going to landscape by 95 when that is going to be ripped up for the new Overland Bridge project?
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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2009, 09:39:34 AM »




One of only two possible streetcar routes on the Southbank and it looks like we're about to slam the lid on it. While I agree that the Skyway is a superior tool in this area as it travels not only over the narrow street but also OVER THE FEC tracks. Taking the Skyway from Kings Avenue to Atlantic on the West side of the FEC, would give us access 24/7/365. Something South Jacksonville has begged for since at least 1923. The rebuilt street would be very cool with vintage "Heritage Bus" as the circulate in this neighborhood. Any streetcar idea would have to cross the river either at or just west of the Acosta Bridge, or north of the Fuller Warren, squeeze between buildings and head into San Marco avoiding the busy FEC tracks.

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2009, 10:19:43 AM »
Please indulge me, as I am obviously not privy to how our City government runs - but, how is it that there is money to make all these improvements in the Mayor's neighborhood?  Surely there are other projects needing to be done, with the "need" emphasized.  ??? 
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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2009, 10:45:05 AM »
Reednavy: One question. Why are they going to landscape by 95 when that is going to be ripped up for the new Overland Bridge project?


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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009, 11:02:27 AM »
we have got to be one of the largest purchasers of palm trees in this recession.  is this a case of a budget needing to be spent before the year runs out? 

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2009, 11:25:57 AM »
Please indulge me, as I am obviously not privy to how our City government runs - but, how is it that there is money to make all these improvements in the Mayor's neighborhood?  Surely there are other projects needing to be done, with the "need" emphasized.  ??? 

This sort of project was probably funded several years ago. When the grants come in it's a use it or lose it proposition.

Reednavy: One question. Why are they going to landscape by 95 when that is going to be ripped up for the new Overland Bridge project?

The I-95 project shouldn't interfere with this project on San Marco, in fact the contracts might even being done in concert with eachother. Whatever they do to 95, it will continue of fly over San Marco.

we have got to be one of the largest purchasers of palm trees in this recession.  is this a case of a budget needing to be spent before the year runs out? 


GREAT hightowerlover, as you can see, they have been our "trademark" since at least 1911. A salute to our historic roads and appearances is long overdue.

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2009, 11:32:19 AM »
we have got to be one of the largest purchasers of palm trees in this recession.  is this a case of a budget needing to be spent before the year runs out? 
They have a seperate fund specifically for trees, shrubs, etc. to be used during the year. I believe it is about a half million per year.

Even if we are in a recession, it is very wise to invest in landscaping to improve the city.
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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2009, 11:35:37 AM »
Has anyone heard anything about a Lethal Yellowing-type disease that effects Sabel Palms?

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2009, 12:13:51 PM »
Am I missing something, or is the parking plan shown in front of European Street in Panel Two slanted the wrong way, against traffic?

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2009, 12:18:42 PM »
^ I noticed that too.  I even made awkward hand gestures of imaginary traffic flow to confirm that they are in fact the wrong direction..   Maybe the spaces are designed to be backed into....?

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2009, 12:23:12 PM »
Maybe the COJ is "formalizing" its a*s backwards planning policies?!
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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2009, 12:30:39 PM »
Those are back-in parking spaces.

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Re: A New Look For San Marco Boulevard
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2009, 12:34:19 PM »
LOL.  That should be fun to watch.  People can't park straight going forwards... they are sure to hit cars backing in!  How proven is this "new idea" to Jax?  What's motivating this change?
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