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Re: Jacksonville vs Anchorage: A larger city by land area
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2015, 08:18:32 PM »
yeah, only black bears in the city.


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Re: Jacksonville vs Anchorage: A larger city by land area
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2015, 08:35:41 AM »
So the airport rail terminal is considered to be one of the biggest boondoggles in Alaska history?

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Railroad Depot at Anchorage's international airport
Here's how an Anchorage visitor’s guide website touts the services of the Alaska Railroad's terminal located at Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport: “Hop off the plane and directly onto the Alaska Railroad.” It adds, “it's just about that easy.”

“Just about” are the operative words there. The terminal -- which opened for business in 2003 at a cost of $28 million in federal funds secured by the airport's namesake Alaska senator -- was projected to serve as many as 200,000 passengers a year, many of them tourists starting out or wrapping up an Alaska vacation.

In 2009, the airport served around 20,000 -- a tenth of the projected total -- of those potential passengers, according to a 2010 Anchorage Daily News article.  The depot’s other source of revenue, serving as a venue for large events like weddings, was unavailable during the winter of 2009-10. The terminal shut down completely as a cost-saving measure.

Perhaps the low ridership in recent years can be attributed to lackluster tourism figures as the U.S. continues to ride out the recession -- but the number of projected summer visitors to Alaska has still increased by nearly 200,000 in the years since the depot opened, from 1.3 million in 2003 to 1.5 million in 2010.

Like so many other projects here, the federal dollars poured into the railroad terminal has made it easier for Alaskans to swallow. At the railroad’s grand opening, then-Sen. Ted Stevens best summed up the attitude in those bountiful years when Alaska grew fat with federal pork. Responding to criticisms -- well-founded criticisms, when viewed through a modern-day lens -- that the depot could prove to be another classic Alaska boondoggle, Stevens said: “It doesn’t have to pay for itself. It was a grant from the federal government.”

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Re: Jacksonville vs Anchorage: A larger city by land area
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2015, 12:09:05 PM »
Believe me Keith, Alaska is much better just outside Anchorage! but you would be surprised at all the nature that lives right in Anchorage.

Yeah, in my opinion Anchorage's downtown was struggling more than DT Jax.  Although that was 10 years ago or so.  Alaska was the most beautiful place I've ever seen outside of Anchorage though.
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Re: Jacksonville vs Anchorage: A larger city by land area
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2015, 04:28:03 PM »
Having visited Anchorage multiple times, and in all seasons, as family was from there, there is plenty to do all year round.   High tourist season is from Memorial to Labor Day.   The streets can be a bit crowded the day that the cruise ships pull in/out of port, after that most of the tourists are RV campers or fly/drive. 
Summer Solstice is one of the highlights of June.   Downtown is alive until the wee, wee hours of the morning.  The sun barely sets and as your plane comes in for a landing over Cook Inlet, you look out the window and can sometimes spot humpback whales below you as you come in on the last flight of the night (12:30am)
Not too many metropolitan areas would you ever come across a moose meandering through downtown. Besides all the summer time activities, including salmon fishing, winter can be entertaining.  There's snow machining, skiing, skating, and ice fishing.   
Black bears are tempted by neighborhood issues, as they are here in Florida (pet food left out, garbage, gardens, bird feeder.)  Grizzlies tend to be in  more remote areas, but it's Alaska, there's wildlife everywhere and in the most unexpected places.