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Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« on: March 31, 2010, 06:03:12 AM »
Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics



Over the years, Metro Jacksonville has lobbied for simple downtown improvements such as wayfinding signage and improved public parking. These changes are slowly making their way to the streets of downtown, however some minor but important details have been overlooked.

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010, 07:53:59 AM »
Great article.  I agree with everything.  Good job with calling out both the good and the bad.  I remember when I moved here and we made our first attempt to go to the landing.  It was definitely mass confusion.  City planners need to make sure and remove all personal memory and create signage and direction as if they had never been here before.

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010, 08:09:46 AM »
I can't believe they screwed up the wayfinding signage!

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 09:18:00 AM »
Maximum ticket for Ed Ball parking garage daily cash rate is $6.96?  Is that plus tax or not?  But wouldn't $7 be so much simplier.

Often the problem with signs is that the work order is never really properly written up. The guy installing the sign just follows the work order.
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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2010, 09:21:14 AM »
You could have included some of the innerstate signs that have been added for the downtown exits.  These are small but important improvements that need to systematically continue.  Good job for the lobbing effort and to coj for starting to make it happen.
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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2010, 10:06:55 AM »
LOVE the idea of outdoor seating at OMNI Water Street entrance!

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2010, 10:14:21 AM »
They have had a street sign outside of the Wachovia entrance near the the proposed seating.  The sign advertises a restaurant on the tenth floor.
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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2010, 10:31:32 AM »
If there is outside seating in that courtyard and a restaurant that faces water street in the Landing with outside seating, that would do a great deal for the area and create a great atmosphere.  That would create some momentum for the Hogan St park between the Landing and TUPAC. 

Then if that surface lot between the Humana building and the Wachovia building gets developed, WhabaamM!! Sweet downtown area!!

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2010, 10:31:51 AM »
I thought the wayfinding signage would be on nicer pedestals??

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2010, 10:52:16 AM »
^Honestly, I don't really care what pedestals they install that on, as long as they are correct.

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2010, 10:54:44 AM »
They have had a street sign outside of the Wachovia entrance near the the proposed seating.  The sign advertises a restaurant on the tenth floor.

That place on the 10th floor has great peach cobbler. Btw, I just came from the Ed Ball Building.  That garage appeared to be open for public use this morning, despite the card holder's sign still being up.
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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2010, 01:30:27 PM »
The Ed Ball parking garage is open to the public, it has been for a long time since a lot of contractors, etc come in to pull permits or go to the tax collector's office.  It is a shame that the conflicting signs are on there, I know it really confused me the first time I tried to go there.
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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2010, 01:32:49 PM »
I thought the wayfinding signage would be on nicer pedestals??

It'd also be nice if they were more pedestrian-oriented (i.e. not so high off the ground).

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2010, 01:35:06 PM »
a stronger group of arts presenters would aid in this effort

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Re: Downtown Jacksonville struggles with the Basics
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2010, 01:49:04 PM »
I use that garage whenever i go to the dentist and have never had a problem even though i'm not a card holder.