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Salvaging The Big Idea I: Kids Kampus & Flex Space

A year ago, the Big Idea was publicly announced and went down with a big thud in the eyes of most urban oriented downtown advocates. Although the plan presented was pretty horrible in terms of urban integration and unrealistic implementation, many of the basic concepts, such as creating flex-space and...

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Urban Connectivity: The Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Landing opened its doors to the world with much fanfare in 1987. Over the following 20 years the 125,000sf complex would see several national tenants, like the Banana Republic and The Sharper Image flee to greener pastures, partially due to the city?s negligence in providing the required...

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Greening of Main: A failure in the making?

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Well in this case, let's substitute the asphalt with a $700,000 patch of grass. Today we'll introduce 10 things needed to create a successful urban public space and illustrate why the pocket park being constructed as a part of the Greening...

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An Absentee Downtown

The Jacksonville Business Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/) recent released their March edition of the Commercial Real Estate Journal. For those that haven’t seen this before, it contains a breakdown of the commercial real estate, based on regions of town. In the Downtown section,...

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Fake look alike tickets part of money grab scam?

Downtown parking lot operators, including Central Parking System (http://www.parking.com/), are engaging in the questionably legal act of issuing their own parking tickets to downtown visitors and residents.

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Left out in the rain (and the sun)

We are approaching the time of year when people will begin to break out their swimsuits, jet skis, and boats. It will be summer again soon. And if you ride the city bus here in Jacksonville, don't forget to take your umbrella with you every single day. That is because the sun can be harsh. Not only...

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Large Venues and Small Business: Why Government makes it Impossible to Coexist

Over the last 15 years, nearly a billion dollars has been poured into our downtown sports complex, and city leaders have been very quick to point to this as part of downtown’s revitalization. However, how much of an impact do these multimillion dollar venues really have on Jacksonville’s city core?...

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Interview: New York City Planning Director Amanda Burden

MetroJacksonville.com had the opportunity to interview Jacksonville's next potential Planning Director, Brad Thoburn. The results of that interview will be online soon enough, but first we would like to share an excellent interview conducted by Planetizen.com with New York City's Planning Director.

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Florida In 2060: Not a pretty picture?

With close to 18 million residents today, Florida already is challenged with the consequences of rampant sprawl, rapidly vanishing natural areas, and overcrowded roads. What will Florida look like in 2060, when its population is projected to reach almost 36 million?

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Duval County Courthouse: Examples of What Money Can Buy

The City of Jacksonville has recently selected the design-build firm, Auchter/Perry McCall to design the first phase of the long delayed Duval County Courthouse project.

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