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The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« on: August 17, 2010, 04:28:59 AM »
The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed



A gas station proposal for downtown tranforms right in front of Metro Jacksonville's eyes. Is anyone paying attention?

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010, 07:35:15 AM »
Paying attention, no not for a gas station.

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2010, 07:49:43 AM »
no they arent

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2010, 07:56:16 AM »
I am paying attention and I would use it... If their prices weren't 10-20 cents more than every other place in the core and I am not gonna get panhandled everytime I get gas.

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010, 08:05:30 AM »
so wait...you want better design (which sometimes costs a little more)....but you're not willing to pay a tad extra for it?
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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2010, 08:28:40 AM »
whats up with the fence?

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2010, 08:55:39 AM »
Where on Main St. would this be anyway? On the opposite side of the street from the Shell station that's on Main and Union across from BOA?

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2010, 08:56:19 AM »
yes

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2010, 09:09:57 AM »
lol First Baptist attendees are gonna be mad about that. I always see people flooding that lot on Sundays going to church.

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2010, 09:28:05 AM »
Paying attention, no not for a gas station.

I am.  Most times the fabric of necessities in a neighborhood tend to make it more liveable, usable and attractive to businesses than the next grandiose project.  If you want to put your call center, Law office or temp service downtown cafes and service stations will help you everyday more so than the new boutique hotel or theme upscale restaurant.(I want those too!)
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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2010, 11:01:23 AM »
The Hell station is already on Union and Main, and it's infested with bums. They've got a lot of nerve, asking for money when gas costs as much as it does! Put the gas station in another part of downtown. And as far as the Baptists meeting up before church, they have 13 city blocks of buildings to do whatever they want. So, First Baptist, get your self rightous, self serving, classist, money grubbing, power grabbing hands out the rest of downtown affairs!!! Separation of church and state!!! And I hope that hotel does get a makeover too. It would be a nice quaint place for a traveler to rest up for the night. As longs as we can keep the bums contained.

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2010, 11:28:57 AM »
wow urbanknight! show some love for FBC why dont you. I doubt the church members would be upset about not being able to park there. I love how the urban gas station thread turns into to someone going off over FBC. I happen to go to church there and would welcome a nice gas station to fill up or get a coke after church. Tried the Shell station once!!! never again, at least going inside to buy anything.

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2010, 12:06:40 PM »
lol urbanknight. I personally don't have a problem with FBC other than how they've been allowed to spawn all over downtown. It's beyond me why a city would allow any church to occupy so much space in a downtown area. I don't really think you can talk about downtown and new development without bringing them into the conversation because no matter where you build, some property they own will be nearby. As far as the gas station goes, yeah it would have been nice to have it in another area downtown if possible. Maybe Bay or Forsyth if there was any available lots. The Shell station is what it is. I'm not there to hang out or socialize, so I don't have a problem getting out to get gas or even running inside when I absolutely have to. Maybe you need to practice your 'mean' face fsujax.

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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2010, 12:37:20 PM »
The Hell station is already on Union and Main, and it's infested with bums. They've got a lot of nerve, asking for money when gas costs as much as it does! Put the gas station in another part of downtown.

Perhaps a little competition would breed better service, experience and prices. 
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Re: The Power of Urban Design: A Gas Station Transformed
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2010, 01:26:20 PM »
I personally don't have a problem with FBC other than how they've been allowed to spawn all over downtown. It's beyond me why a city would allow any church to occupy so much space in a downtown area.

ok...that is ridiculous...possibly worse than the folks opposed to the proposed Muslim center in NYC.

A religious institution has just as much right to own land as anyone else...and, in fact, they are pretty much allowed in all land use categories in Florida....something about that "freedom of religion" thing in the Constitution