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Your Neighborhood Affects your Health

People's health is influenced by where they live. Where we live is made up of many physical, social and cultural factors. The relation of these factors to health can be seen with almost every health issue that our community faces. This report focuses on how the place where we live is so important to...

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A Solution to JaxPort's Rail Logistics Problem?

The City and Port Authority believe spending $60 million for a new railyard may be the solution to the port's logistics problem. Metro Jacksonville offers up an alternative solution.

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Jacksonville is Growing, but How Fast?

Due to the housing bust and slumping economy, Florida is growing slower than ever in the past three decades. The local media paints a bad picture for Jacksonville, but how do we really rank when it comes to population growth?

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Parking Meters: No Exceptions!

Fighting a fire in downtown Jacksonville? Not without a quarter.

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Duval County Courthouse: How much is too much?

Better Jacksonville Plan voters were promised a $190 million courthouse, now Mayor Peyton wants us to pay $400 million. Unfortunately, no one is asking why a courthouse costs this much.

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Urban Projects Struggle To Stay Alive

Downtown will never be the same again. Well maybe it will be. Here's a brief list of urban projects that died or were indefinately delayed in 2007.

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Salvaging the Main Street Pocket Park

The destiny of the Main Street pocket park was predicted by urbanites long ago and now the prophecy has come true. Today Metro Jacksonville suggests some ways to turn a lemon into lemonade.

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Ten Principles for Creating Successful Squares

Eighteen months ago Metro Jacksonville pointed out why the Main Street Pocket Park would struggle to succeed, but no one on the 4th floor listened. Today, we examine what's needed to guarantee the creation of a successful urban public space, according to Project for Public Spaces.

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The Ingredients of a Walkable Street

How does a community create walkable streets? Streets that feels safe for all - particularly seniors and children? Streets that are sociable due to large numbers of pedestrian users? Streets that are rich and interesting? Streets that breed a strong sense of civic pride?There are a number of essential...

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Coming to a Downtown Street Near You

The City of Jacksonville has allocated funds to convert a number of streets to allow two way traffic. Will this help pop the toxic bubble?

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