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Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:05:46 AM »
Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside



Despite containing most of Jacksonville's dense, walkable and transit dependent neighborhoods, the urban core has lagged behind the rest of the city, economically for six continuous decades.  Despite promises of economic revitalization from a laundry list of mayoral administrations, talk has proven to be nothing more than hot air.  With no viable solutions coming out of city hall, Metro Jacksonville illustrates how simply allowing the mobility fee moratorium to sunset, can lead to a better urban core.


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Re: Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012, 10:27:41 AM »
What are the key dates or meetings where the Moratorium on the fee is discussed?
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2012, 10:47:52 AM »
So far, there's a lot of lobbying going on behind closed doors by Toney Sleiman to get the moratorium extended.  In some cases, they've tossed out some job creation and tax revenue numbers on their part that don't muster up when fact checked.  However, these are numbers rarely questioned or investigated by local reporters.

I don't believe council has scheduled any meetings to directly discuss the moratorium sunsetting but council is hosting a topic on a related subject next week.  Many of the capital projects in the mobility plan would be context sensitive streets projects and improvements that can be incrementally implemented by public works by modifying our roadway design standards to create safer streets for all modes of mobility.

The City Council is hosting a meeting on Context Sensitive Streets next week:

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City Council Context Sensitive Streets Special Committee

September 12, 2012
4:00 p.m.
City Hall
117 W. Duval St., 1st Floor
Council Chamber

Philip Zamarron, Legislative Assistant, at (904) 630-1404

Notice is hereby given that the Honorable Lori Boyer, Chair of the Special Committee on Context Sensitive Streets, will meet with members of the Special Committee on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber, 1st Floor of City Hall, 117 W. Duval St, Jacksonville, Florida.

Purpose: Review the existing Context Sensitive Streets Guidelines that have been drafted by the Planning Department but not implemented, determine the appropriateness of these guidelines, investigate any other information pertinent to this issue, and make recommendations for and/or draft legislation as appropriate to address this issue.

http://www.coj.net/city-council/council-committees,-boards---commissions/context-sensitive-streets-special-committee.aspx
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Re: Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 11:25:02 AM »
Why would Toney Sleiman want the moratorium extended? It seems like it would be more beneficial for the landing if the moratorium was allowed to sunset.

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2012, 12:02:02 PM »
Ennis, thanks so much for this very thorough post. I will make it to the Context Sensitive Streets meeting on the 12th and I hope that folks will consider going. Having this mobility fee will benefit lots of residents and the improvements made with the fees will point our city in a wonderful direction for growth.

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Re: Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012, 12:04:11 PM »
Why would Toney Sleiman want the moratorium extended? It seems like it would be more beneficial for the landing if the moratorium was allowed to sunset.

He owns a lot more properties outside the urban core than within it. The Sleimans have made their empire on suburban strip malls.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 12:59:44 PM »
The Context Sensitive Streets meetings will be a great way to show support.  I talked to Councilwoman Boyer yesterday about it.  I hope I am getting this right:

There will be a series of 3 meetings held 2 weeks apart starting on Sept 12th.  The first meeting will feature presentations by Laurie Kattreh (COJ transportation planner), Laureen Husband (health department) and Melody Bishop (local architect and new DIA member).  The second meeting will feature presentations by Chris Ledew (FDOT) and someone from COJ Public Works.  The final meeting will be an opportunity for advocates to share opinions, concerns, etc.

On that final note, she asked that people bring specific improvements/designs for incorporation into the Context Sensitive Streets initiative.

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012, 01:01:05 PM »
Yeah, I knew that but I guess my point was, that there is really not money right now for sprawl. The suburbs are what they are but real change and growth can happen by using and expanding on our urban core.

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012, 02:51:59 PM »
Lets place bets on which city council person will introduce the bill to extend the moritorium fee.
Who will it be?

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Re: Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2012, 02:56:34 PM »
The Context Sensitive Streets meetings will be a great way to show support.  I talked to Councilwoman Boyer yesterday about it.  I hope I am getting this right:

There will be a series of 3 meetings held 2 weeks apart starting on Sept 12th.  The first meeting will feature presentations by Laurie Kattreh (COJ transportation planner),

will Laurie still be presenting?  She was one of the employees laid off this week

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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2012, 03:33:48 PM »
John P., who do you think it will be?

I will be at the meeting too because it is a chance to say that our town needs these improvements if we ever ever want to look like a destination city. Really sorry to hear about Laurie. What a loss to institutional knowledge when these smart dedicated people are laid off.


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Re: Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2012, 06:17:16 PM »
The Context Sensitive Streets meetings will be a great way to show support.  I talked to Councilwoman Boyer yesterday about it.  I hope I am getting this right:

There will be a series of 3 meetings held 2 weeks apart starting on Sept 12th.  The first meeting will feature presentations by Laurie Kattreh (COJ transportation planner),

will Laurie still be presenting?  She was one of the employees laid off this week

My understanding is yes.  I believe her last day is at the end of the week.  I'm very disappointed to see her go.

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Re: Creating a Better Urban Core and Inner Northside
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2012, 12:43:55 AM »
I notice the area north of 21st & Liberty Streets (my old neighborhood) completely left out. Sad.

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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2012, 07:48:51 AM »
It's not.  It's got the S-Line multiuse path (already under construction) and commuter rail going through it.  Another project not funded by the mobility plan is the north corridor BRT project, which also goes through Brentwood. In essence, the mobility plan projects are intended to fill in mobility network gaps and serve as transportation capacity improvements needed locally over a 20 year horizon that aren't already funded by another source (such as FDOT).  Furthermore, the best thing for this area is the mobility plan's land use policies and mobility fee credit adjustment system, which is intended to make it easier for market rate infill development to take place here.
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2012, 06:41:05 PM »
^^ I hope you're right :)

Back in the day I could stand in the corner of my grandparents' front yard & see both S lines (the local that ran from King Edward to Gateway, and the trunk that ran to Richmond)

Used to watch alot of trains in that corner 8)