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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2010, 06:23:49 PM »
Perhaps someone could post a photograph of 1661?

Uh no,  I thought you meant the original 1661.

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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2010, 06:35:12 PM »
How would I upload photos?

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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2010, 06:49:40 PM »
my bad. i don't even remember what it looked like, and i grew up in 5 Points.


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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2010, 07:48:37 PM »
Page 3 of the PDF file below features a 1958 article in Florida Architecture by Robert Broward  with a picture of the original 1661 building.  This interesting article focuses on the status of Jax architecture up to 1958.  Included also are pictures of outstanding contemporary architecture of Jax and renderings of the "Atlantic Coast Line" building (now CSX) and proposed City Hall and Courthouse (by the Hyatt):

http://www.docomomofl.org/57.years.broward.pdf
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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2010, 09:00:30 PM »
I for one am glad they resurfaced Riverplace, my god that thing was awful.
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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2010, 09:04:16 PM »
I for one am glad they resurfaced Riverplace, my god that thing was awful.

Next, they need to look at Riverside Avenue near Memorial Park area and the entire length of Stockton Street.  Both are equally big messes and becoming un-drivable.
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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #36 on: March 16, 2010, 09:20:11 PM »
Next, they need to look at Riverside Avenue near Memorial Park area and the entire length of Stockton Street.  Both are equally big messes and becoming un-drivable.
No kiddin, it has gotten worse since I got here in 2006.
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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #37 on: March 16, 2010, 09:59:46 PM »
I wonder if that horrific I-10 / I-95 project is going to improve the traffic situation, particularly on Riverside Ave. where 1661 and the Publix square is located all the way down! The Historic District is essentially a "thru-way!"

From 4:00 to 7:00 there are miles of cars, bumper to bumper heading towards Roosevelt and Blanding. This area along with its roads I do not believe was built to withstand this kind of treatment.

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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2010, 10:06:30 PM »
This will not help that traffic that much as there are few options that take you away from downtown towards the south well.

It doesn't matter if they're taking city streets or not, at some point, they'll wind up on Blanding or Roosevelt because those are your only true options.

Overall though, once The Big "I" is done, traffic will reduce some, but probably not in large numbers.
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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2010, 02:26:39 AM »
Perhaps someone could post a photograph of 1661?

Several different shots here....

http://s663.photobucket.com/albums/uu353/sickertus/jax/



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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #40 on: March 17, 2010, 08:06:42 AM »
From 4:00 to 7:00 there are miles of cars, bumper to bumper heading towards Roosevelt and Blanding. This area along with its roads I do not believe was built to withstand this kind of treatment.

One word.....NO.  Riverside is probably the best place in town to implement a starter rail line of some sort.  It has decent density, its pedestrian scale and it has traffic congestion issues.  Unless, some one is going to buy, demolish and tear down the properties along Park Street (like Five Points) to widen the road, you're only real viable option is efficient dependable mass transit.
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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #41 on: March 17, 2010, 09:55:54 AM »
I have to be honest... I much prefer 1661 in its current state.  To each his own. 

IMO Friendship Park was Hardwick's best accomplishment by far.

The resurfacing and/or repair of Riverside Avenue along that corridor is long overdue.  Even some of the potholes they filled in a few years ago are already in disrepair.

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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #42 on: March 17, 2010, 09:58:04 AM »
Also, I asked in the last construction update... does anyone know what restaurant is going in at the spot on Forsythe???

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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #43 on: March 17, 2010, 10:21:54 AM »
Regardless of appearances and architectural merits, the current form of 1661 does much more for the neighborhood.  Its retail bays are full of great tenants that really add to the walkability of the area. 

I agree about riverside ave.  I probably look like a drunk driver as a drive from memorial park to saint vincents. I am determined to avoid every pothole, no matter what.

Is the space in Avondale (across from the casbah, next to underwoods) finish??I noticed it fell off the update.

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Re: Urban Core Construction Update - March 2010
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2010, 11:27:09 AM »
Stevsie,
Walked by on Saturday.  It looks like most of the work is complete.  The signs are up on the outside.