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Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« on: October 12, 2010, 04:48:41 AM »
Elements of Urbanism: Waycross



Metro Jacksonville visits a neighborhood to the north: Waycross, GA.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 08:10:50 AM »
I would think some of our train fans have visited the Southern Heritage Museum.
http://www.railga.com/ondispl/wayloco.html

I have Waycross relatives. I don't ever think they pictured their town as being connected to anything described by the word  "urbanism".

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2010, 09:57:30 AM »
The thing I like about waycross is the historic preservation. It is so neat to look at all the restoration that has taken. It is 2010 and their city looks like it is 1940. I look historic structures.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2010, 10:05:52 AM »
Stupid question; I know I could do no better and I enjoy the comparisons of Jax with other cities; but why the comparison with a City like Waycross, GA? There's obviously no competition, comparison, etc. And...I don't think there's not much going on in Waycross anyway...nothing hardly at all.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2010, 10:28:16 AM »
^Why not?  The Elements of Urbanism series is not meant to be a head-to-head comparison between cities.  Instead it is a visual look at what is happening in other places.  This gives us a chance to learn more about actual redevelopment strategies that work and don't work.  With this in mind, you can learn just as much from a Waycross, Augusta or Greenville as you can from a NYC, Chicago or Indianapolis.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 10:34:07 AM »
The thing I like about waycross is the historic preservation. It is so neat to look at all the restoration that has taken. It is 2010 and their city looks like it is 1940.

1940 minus the people... and the grit. The 1940s were really some dirty, grimy days for cities. But man were their streets full of life! 2010 is all reversed. It's sad that street life has been funneled into only the most touristy of streets of places like St. Augustine (similar city population and urban area population to Waycross). There are eerie parallels to that formal, unused living room that I hope is a fading trend in American houses: pretty, great for entertaining, but lifeless as long as everyone's in the family room watching TV.

Well, at least we're keeping our downtowns dusted and vacuumed.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010, 10:34:56 AM »
Wow thanks, I have never seen Waycross.  Looks better than I imagined.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2010, 10:50:04 AM »
Looks like a great little town.  If they could find a use for that 7 story building it would be great for their downtown.  I hope they do, but I'm sure they'd never destroy it if it sat vacant for a few years.  That's one thing we could learn from them.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 12:10:09 PM »
It is a great little town...........oodles of that old style southern charm! Your cell phone will even work there, if you have T Mobile or AT&T and most of the other carriers probably have service there by now! Did not last time I was there,but things do change! Not sure about wifi............AT&T did but only downtown, outskirts no way!

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2010, 01:26:37 PM »
I believe that city hall is a Klutho design.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2010, 02:49:51 PM »
Looks like a really nice ghost town.

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2010, 03:06:16 PM »
I went to college in nearby Douglas.  To us, going to Waycross and Valdosta were like going to the 'big city.'  I remember what was then known as the 'Hatcher Point Mall' - it is now known as the Waycross Mall.  Waycross came in handy for me to refuel on my way between Orange Park and Douglas. 
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2010, 03:07:23 PM »
I'm going with a wtf on this choice.
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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2010, 03:22:24 PM »
I think HU's comment brings up a valid issue about understanding what urban really means.  The assignment of "urban" as a euphemism for African-American culture has seen the word become synonymous with ghettos, crime, poverty, drugs, and homelessness. 

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Re: Elements of Urbanism: Waycross
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2010, 07:18:12 PM »
I think HU's comment brings up a valid issue about understanding what urban really means.  The assignment of "urban" as a euphemism for African-American culture has seen the word become synonymous with ghettos, crime, poverty, drugs, and homelessness. 

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