Good news (noted below) is sometimes under reported in the core. There is a great story about a big new tenant bringing jobs and money into downtown today in today's daily record.
Here is a quote from George Swisher who is bringing his handsome office to the heart of where its at, next to the church of whats happening now:
“We really like the urban environment,” said Swisher. “The ability to get out and be around people makes a difference. Within a two-mile radius there’s all kinds of culture, food and entertainment. It was really enticing. And, aesthetically, this is a great building.”
You can sit at panera at Tinseltown all day and complain about parking and the tubes and how terrible things are, but at the end of the day you're just gonna have another boarded up cheesecake factory and best buy. All that crap doesn't make it to the history books. Sell all your car based garbage, get a home, a job, or start a business in the core. Visit your river daily by bike. Life is good in here. Its different. Its happiness based on the people you see and the sun that sets behind the bridges. You can't put the approach to downtown from the Hart bridge in a gap bag. Sure, they'll deforest more of our beautiful state and dump the sludge into our river for a more updated version of downtown with a better parking plan. They may even put "artists" and musicians on the sidewalk. But at the end of it all they will ALL close like the one before it. Regency becomes Lane Avenue. Nocatee becomes Regency. Nothing but an archived blip of dust on the cached homepage of consumerlust.
Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of something special. To make something special more special. To see people that are different from you, not just their cars.
Life is good in the urban core of Jacksonville, FL. I hope you are enjoying it with us.