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MetroJacksonville.com asks Mayor Peyton to re-think Main St Beautification Project

Members of Downtown Advocacy Group MetroJacksonville.com are asking Mayor John Peyton to re-think the city?s current plan for Main Street Beautification.

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It's Official: Parking Laws Change

Yesterday the Mayor (and a staff of thousands) came over and made the first truly breathtaking change in downtown policy since the Faustian 1971 Plan for Utopia.You would have to go back to the Haydon Burns Administration before you found anything as fundamental as Parking being changed significantly....

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Shocking Parking Policy Reversal hailed by downtown Merchants

For the past 8 months, MetroJacksonville.com has been advocating the complete revisitation of the ill fated Downtown Customer Liquidation program known as The Jacksonville Parking Commission.

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Top Ten reasons to Think Local - Buy Local - Be Local

Why Buy Locally Owned? Here are the top ten reasons, according to Sustainable Connections and Think Local, two Seattle-based non profit orgaizations created with the goal of enhancing the livability, stability and diversity of their community and the local economy.

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Help Save the Annie Lytle

Today, at 5:00pm, the Annie Lytle School's future will be decided by the Land Use Zoning Commission. Help keep one of Brooklyn's few remaining historic buildings standing, by emailing a letter opposing the destruction of this Jacksonville landmark. We've torn down enough already. Now...

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Bringing boutique hotels back to the core

At one time, downtown was loaded with unique hotels. With the boom in the suburbs, all of downtown's historic lodging establishments, such as the Goerge Washington Hotel above, have either closed and converted to other uses or been outright demolished. Today, Metro Jacksonville points out a few under...

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Is Downtown Ready for an Urban Grocery Store?

Winn-Dixie is set to renovate and expand the current downtown store. Let's think outside the box and strive for something that can be far and above the typical outlet in the suburbs.

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Downtown Vision: Metro Jacksonville's Submission

Although possibly outside of the scope of the Florida Times-Union's requirements, Metro Jacksonville's vision centers around realistic solutions concerning the coordinating of major public projects that have slowed the pace of downtown redevelopment.

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Farmer's Market to Relocate! Why not Downtown?

The Jacksonville Farmer's Market on Beaver Street is being forced to relocate. Instead of letting this local cultural institution move out to the suburbs (like Florida Coastal School of Law, UNF and most of downtown's retail base), lets attempt to move it downtown before its too late. Why? Click on...

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Another Affordable Housing Solution: Modular Housing

Modular Housing can reduce housing cost by as much as 15% to 30%. Add this to the design characteristics mentioned in our previous affordable housing articles, and we may have discovered a rock solid solution for quality, affordable housing in the core of the city.

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