Friday, January 28, 2011

Doing something simple for your river.

Check out this great initiative from the St Johns Riverkeeper, called is sort of an answer to, a public relations ploy from Georgia Pacific touting the environmental sensibilities of one of the most prolific polluters of our best natural asset. They have used this campaign which includes stunning photographs of the St. Johns and Rice Creek on billboards to frame themselves as more preservationist than polluter. Of course they also talk of job creation and economic impact that all those bleaches and chemicals are tied to as well. 

What they don't talk about is that wildlife is greatly affected by the millions of gallons of pollution they dump each day. Some fish are even going through sex changes! Where is our conservative leadership on that one? 

As far as economic impact, I think the CleanerGP website does a good job in illustrating that a polluted river will have drastic economic impacts up river that probably trump short term (remembering the river has been here for how many years?) economic gain for one company. Also, a four mile pipeline is EXPENSIVE. GP may even save money by not pumping their waste directly in the middle of our river. I hope they pause their billboard campaign to consider that. 

Go to and get the facts. Send a letter to Governor Scott. More importantly grab an image for your facebook profile pic and join me in doing something simple for something so important. 

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RAM 2011: What You Need to Know

I'm getting stoked!

RAM Artist & Vendor Update

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Are YOU Ready for RAM 2011?


I am VERY happy to announce that on Wednesday, January 26th at 10:30 am we will begin taking applications for the 2011 market season!


We have been working diligently to update the Guidelines and create a new online application and review process.


For those of you who have worked with us before, you will be happy to know that there are not a lot of major changes, BUT, we have brought back a discount for advanced payment and reservations of 5-9 and 10+ weeks!  PLEASE go online tomorrow and print and read the Guidelines for your sales area. (If it's not Wednesday, don't go looking yet - the new Guidelines and link to the application site are probably not yet posted!) 


Also, this year we will be increasing communication with all RAM-approved artists and vendors. All vendors will be required to attend a brief orientation prior to displaying at RAM. Orientation locations and dates will be sent with approval letters. We will also send monthly emails JUST to RAM-approved vendors. This will provide you with pertinent information regarding the market, the Artist/Vendor Committee meeting highlights, and additional opportunities that may be available!

March 5th is right around the corner and we are looking forward to a highly successful 2011!

See you there!

Special Opportunities! Paint

Visual Artists
We will be holding a Riverkeeper Day at RAM on March 12th. As a part of that, the St. John's Riverkeeper is organizing art rain barrels that will be displayed in various locations around town. As such, they are looking for some artists who would be willing to decorate a rain barrel for the project. We will be holding a special contest at RAM where visitors can "vote" for their favorite rain barrel while helping raise money for river awareness! If you would like to participate, please contact Kelly Savage ASAP at:  


"Girls Gone Green" and Ananda Kula Yoga Studio are encouraging people to "give their bowels a break" and make a pledge to not eat meat during the month of March. They are looking to partner with local farmers/growers who are willing to give a discount on their produce to anyone who takes the pledge in exchange for some marketing and publicity. If you are interested in partnering with them, contact:

FRAMThere are still openings at FRAM!
FRAM has been operating successfully for the past 3 weeks and vendors and the public have expressed great appreciation for the farmer's market!

If you are a farmer/grower or food artist and would like to participate at FRAM, come on down! The cost is $20, and the fun is priceless!    
 RAM-approved vendors do not need to apply, but should let us know you are coming so we can include you in the marketing email. New vendors must apply and pay a $10 "FRAM-only" application fee.

For more information, contact Brandy at:

January, 2011

Artist/Vendor Applications Open January 25, 2011!


The Process: 


1. Go to the RAM Website and download and read the Guidelines for your product area.

Click Here to go to the RAM website. 


2. Go to the Application website and apply separately for EACH Category for which you wish to be considered. Make sure ALL questions are answered in full detail, and upload quality photos as requested. The link will be posted on the RAM website as soon as the application process opens


3. Applications will be subject to a "Blind Review" process where no names/contact info is provided to the reviewers.


4. You will be notified by email within 1-3 weeks.


5. Invited vendors will be required to attend a RAM orientation and will be subject to an onsite review of their booth and products on their first week at RAM.. 


6. Passing both reviews, artists/vendors will be eligible to participate at RAM during the 2011 market season. 


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This JUST In...!

The Toyota Farm to Table Tour is coming back to RAM!

On March 12th, we will be the host site for the Farm to Table Tour Kickoff event! Having been one of the most successful events at RAM in the past, we are VERY excited to bring back this fantastic opportunity!


Farmers/growers will be contacted directly by a Toyota FTT coordinator to discuss participation.


Stay Tuned for More Info!

Riverside Avondale Preservation and Riverside Arts Market, LLC

2623 Herschel St.

Jacksonville, FL  32204

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The Urban Core Report Debuts

This blog has been going for more than five years. Before that it was an email list. I feel the next generation will be a video blahg. I'll pick topics that are interesting in the Urban Core. Its going to be raw for the first few episodes, but I hope you enjoy. 

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Go Local Downtown!

As you may know, Downtown Vision is collaborating with Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP), Springfield Preservation and Restoration (SPAR), the San Marco Merchants Association  and the Murray Hill Preservation Association to promote buying from locally owned and operated businesses. This is a grassroots effort to increase awareness and influence consumers to support the businesses that make our neighborhoods special. The campaign is called GoLo, meaning to “Go Local,” or in other words to choose and shop at locally-owned-locally-operated retail and restaurant establishments.

Please take a moment to check out the GoLo initiatives online:

GoLo Blog:
Facebook:           GoLO Jacksonville
Twitter:                GOLOJaxFL

Please share these sites to help spread the word to Jacksonville’s residents and visitors about “Going Local” whenever you can. Stay tuned for GoLo opportunities to come.

We have also attached a scan of the EU Jacksonville GoLo story from December, along with a form with information on opportunities to market your business and ways to stay up-to-date on all things Downtown.


Katherine Moore
Marketing & Events Manager
P: 904.634.0303 x 230


Natalsya S. Tucker
Marketing Coordinator
P: 904.634.0303 x 225

Downtown Vision, Inc.
214 N. Hogan Street, Suite 120
Jacksonville, FL 32202
F: 904.634.8988

Celebrating 10 Years of Service to Downtown!

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Rocky Horror Picture Show at the 5 Points Theatre this weekend!

The Rocky movie that never gets old...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show returns to the 5 Points Theatre this weekend!  Props are welcome, but go easy on us - no liquids please.

We had a sellout crowd in August, so we've got 2 shows this time - Friday and Saturday night at midnight.  We encourage people to buy advance tickets - follow this link:

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

nullspace exhibition

What: An exhibit called:
 Fieldwork: Scyphozoa

Work by: Jenny K. Hager, Assistant Professor of Sculpture UNF
 Statement: The inventor who works in this laboratory is a pseudo-scientist who is interested in achieving flight through the mechanics of swimming. Through the exploration of ideas, sketches, and models, the inventor studies possible methods of achieving flight by these means. The specific focus of this fieldwork is scyphozoa.
Exhibition dates: January 21st - February 18th.
closing reception February 18th 6-9pm.
gallery open by appt (904)716-4202
and Fridays and Saturdays 3pm-6pm

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy MLK Day. Tomorrow is a New Day.

I don't think I've ever missed an MLK post. Today seems like one I'll never forget. Our truth keeps marching on. 

"How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." - MLK

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Gymnast Kerri Strug To Visit Jacksonville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 Contact: Ginny Walthour, (904) 630-2518,





JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 14, 2011 Kerri Strug, 1996 Olympic team gold-medalist, will be in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 18-19, to promote the 2011 AT&T American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event that will be held March 5 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.


Strug, who is best remembered for her valiant vault to help the USA secure the team gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, will visit local area gym clubs to speak with and interact with the gymnasts and sign autographs. Strug was a Magnificent Seven teammate of Jacksonville’s Shannon Miller, who is the honorary chairman for the AT&T American Cup, and both are former American Cup champions.


Strug is available for media interviews on Jan. 18 at the gym club visits listed below from 5-9 p.m. and on Wed., Jan. 19. To arrange interviews, please contact Ginny Walthour at (904) 630-2518 or


When:             Tuesday, Jan. 18

5:15 p.m.     Gymnastics Unlimited, 5525 Lenox Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205

6:30 p.m.     TNT Gymnastics, 2683 St. Johns Bluff Road, Suite 107, Jacksonville, FL 32246

7:30 p.m.     North Florida Gymnastics, 12777-6 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225



Who:               Kerri Strug is best-known for landing a vault on an injured ankle to help the U.S. women win their first-ever Olympic team gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Strug’s performance earned her a variety of awards and accolades, from the Olympic Spirit Award to a spot on the Wheaties box to the covers of both Time and People to interviews on Today, Dateline and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In addition to her Olympic team gold medal, Strug’s international accomplishments include a team bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and the all-around gold medal at the 1996 American Cup. Strug also won the U.S. vault title in 1991-92 and was the 1992 balance beam co-champion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. Strug resides in Washington, D.C., where she works for the U.S. Department of Justice. She is still active as an athlete and has run several marathons. She married Robert Fischer in April 2010.


Tickets:           Tickets range from $29.50 to $100 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at 800-745-3000; online at; at all Ticketmaster outlets; through participating gym clubs; or at the Veterans Memorial Arena box office.


About:             The 2011 AT&T American Cup, the United States’ most prestigious all-around international invitational, is a part of the International Gymnastic Federation’s all-around World Cup series.  This is just the second time in the event’s history that it has had World Cup status and the first as an all-around event.  The 2011 World Cup all-around series has a total of four competitions, with the remaining three in Glasgow, Scotland; Stuttgart, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. The event will feature some of the world’s top gymnasts in an all-around format. Jacksonville’s Shannon Miller, the USA’s most decorated gymnast and a member of the Magnificent Seven (the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team that won the team gold medal in Atlanta), is the event’s honorary chairman.  JEDC Sports and Entertainment is USA Gymnastics’ local partner for the event. For more information, go to


                        The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup is scheduled for March 4, 2011, at the Veterans Memorial Arena, the evening prior to the prestigious AT&T American Cup. Two gymnasts will advance to the Cup from the 18 invitationals included in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup Series.  This is the event’s second year, and proceeds will benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, part of the National Gymnastics Fund.  For more information, go to








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Friday, January 07, 2011

FRAM Opens this Saturday!


Do you have the RAM bug?


RAM has only been closed for 3 weeks and now many people are experiencing a very serious ailment - RAM Withdrawal!

Symptoms include:
  • Aimlessly wandering the parking lot under the bridge
  • Hallucinations of aisles of wonderful hand-made art
  • A strong urge to have your face painted, palm read, or get a chair massage
  • Cravings for crabcake sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, and artisanal foods
  • Breaking out in spontaneous juggling, magic shows, dance, or balloon art 

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, the only full cure will be available on March 5th when RAM re-opens for it's third year. However, there IS a way to help beat the bug - come to FRAM - RAM's farmer's market!


FRAM opens THIS Saturday and will be available every week through February.

RAM's favorite farmers, growers, and food artists will be there with fresh produce, plants, and specialty foods.


So, cure what ails you and come out to FRAM and have a Healthy New Year!


WHAT: FRAM Farmer's Market

WHERE: Under the Fuller Warren Bridge

WHEN: Every Saturday from Jan. 8th - Feb. 26th, 2011

TIME: 10:00 am  -1:00 pm

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Downtown is Magic

And that is a powerful reason why that community was as supportive and as strong as it
was. Its layout had a lot to do with its magic. This is what we talked about how it’s
supported. I’m not saying it was supported in some kind of intangible, emotional or
psychological way, what we’re saying is it was supported because when you went out
onto the streets of Roseto, you literally physically interacted, bumped into your
neighbors. When you went down the street to the bakery you saw someone who you
saw everyday.When you sat on your front porch and somebody walked by the sidewalk
they were a few feet away from you and they could stop and they could talk to you.

Excerpted from here.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A Case for Downtown

As we prepare to walk our 86th monthly Art Walk tonight, I thought I would share a very poignant document that should be required reading for anyone with an opinion on our downtown. Any time someone tells me downtown can't make it, I say tell me at Art Walk. They never show, but the rest of the city seems to. You will see thousands of people tonight, and crossing streets will be as if you are in midtown Manhattan, but Art Walk is only once a month. It is however, proof that people want and will support a vibrant core. Below you'll see a Case for Downtown written by Steve Lovett. Please read it and please pass it on. 



During the past year, there have been numerous formal and informal civic conversations about the current plight of downtown Jacksonville. Last winter, the Times-Union wrote a major feature called the “Downtown Dilemma”, and this spring Downtown Vision (DVI) published a White Paper called “Turning the Corner, rethinking and remaking downtown”. The issues of high office vacancy rates, limited residential development, lack of urban activity, decaying historic buildings & civic spaces, a largely inaccessible riverfront, and challenges with providing social services have been well chronicled. These issues are not unique to Jacksonville; however, the city has fallen behind other cities across the nation in its response to the crisis, despite an enviable world-class urban riverfront setting and rich corporate & civic downtown history.

Recognizing this, many local organizations have “claimed” the revitalization of downtown Jacksonville as a high priority, including: the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP, Urban Land Institute, Jacksonville Civic Council, and other civic and professional organizations. Additionally, the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC) and DVI are organizations that have, as their primary focus, downtown’s improvement and development.

One could argue that despite the well-documented challenges and numerous conversations, a sufficient case hasn’t yet been made to translate the talk into action. If Jacksonville is going to alter the course of decline and deliver an improved quality of life to its residents, urgent action is necessary. History tells us that the consequences of the status quo are dire. The good news is that the “bones” of the city and downtown waterfront setting are world class, and Jacksonville’s potential to emerge as a premier Great City in the region and nation is unparalleled.

The following statements illustrate downtown’s crucial role in the region, and helps define the case for urgent action and policy that prioritizes the revitalization of Jacksonville’s downtown:

“Making the Case”:

A city’s Downtown is a reflection of how a community sees itself. It is a critical factor in business retention and recruitment efforts. Studies show that when industries & businesses that attract a highly educated workforce begin looking at a community as a possible location, they examine many aspects, including those that define the quality of life. Today’s young, educated workforce has a particular emphasis and interest in quality of life in downtown — is it alive and viable, or does it represent local disinterest and failure?

A city's Downtown represents its image to the outside world. A vibrant, dynamic downtown is a message to the world that a city is forward thinking, energetic and fun.

The U.S. Census shows that 64% of college-educated 25-34 year-olds said they looked for a job only after they chose which city to live in. Quality of Life is considered the Number One criteria these workers apply in selecting a city.

Downtown is, traditionally, an indicator of the local business climate and the quality of the public/private partnership in a community.

Downtowns are major employers, with the ability to support a greater number and concentration of jobs, at all salary levels, in a compact neighborhood or collection of neighborhoods.

Downtown is typically the home of independent, family-owned businesses. Independent businesses are more likely to support local schools, charities and community projects; and reinvest profits locally

Downtown is an important incubator for new small businesses and emerging industries.

Downtown represents a vast amount of public and private investment that has already been made. The costs to recreate all the public infrastructure and buildings already existing in Jacksonville’s central business district and surrounding urban neighborhoods is (has been) staggering – as are the costs of transportation & utility infrastructure to serve far reaching development. These costs of infrastructure and expanded maintenance continue to accrue at the expense of downtown.

There is great waste of past dollars spent if downtown is neglected.

A Bank of America study reveals that sprawl reduces quality of life, increases the attractiveness of other more dense cities, and yields higher direct business costs and taxes to offset the side-effects of sprawl.

The highest possible density of healthy businesses in buildings assessed at full value helps reduce the tax burden on homeowners.

A healthy Downtown has a positive impact on the property values of nearby surrounding residential neighborhoods.

A healthy Downtown helps reduce sprawl. By building density in the heart of the community, we make cities more livable, utilize existing transportation infrastructure, and protect the region’s natural environmental character.

Downtown is the heart of a community for a mix of goods and services: government, professional, technical and cultural destinations.

Downtown is an important community space where all members of a community can meet and interact. Downtown is where you’ll typically find monuments to a city’s history, great civic parks, community festivals & events.

Downtown Jacksonville has the great fortune to be centered on the region’s greatest natural feature, the St Johns River and its expansive (mostly) publicly held waterfront.

A city’s downtown is often a major tourist draw. When people travel, they want to see unique, genuine places. With Jacksonville’s waterfront setting and rich history, there isn’t a downtown like it in the world. Many people want to visit downtown when they visit Jacksonville for business, conventions, golf, football games, festivals, or special events. They want to check out downtown. They want to see something unique, they want to enjoy great civic spaces, they want to engage the river in many different ways, and they want to see the history, the small shops. They don’t want run-of-the-mill chain & big box stores, or contrived “entertainment districts” that could be located anywhere.

Young college-educated workers and retiring Boomers are actively seeking to live in dense, mixed-use communities that don’t require cars - that is, cities or revitalized outskirts in which residences, shops, schools, parks, and other amenities exist close together. Today it’s these urban neighborhoods that are exciting and diverse and exploding with growth.

The American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Health Promotion link sprawl to obesity.

Behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman finds commuting has the most negative effect on people’s moods.

Economists Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer conclude that commuters who live an hour from work need to earn 40% more money than if they were non-commuters.

A downtown provides a sense of community and place. As Carol Lifkind, author of Main Street: The Face of Urban America, said “ Main Street, it was uniquely American, a powerful symbol of shared experiences, of common memory, of the challenge, and the struggle of building a civilization... Main Street was always familiar, always recognizable as the heart and soul of the village, town or city.”

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Art Walk at The Old Library Wednesday, January 5th from 5:00 until 9:00!


THE LIBRARY at 122 Ocean

(, the former Haydon Burns Main Library) Produced by Gray C. Solomon and Patrick Gearhart!

MACTRUQUE’S NEW PERFORMANCE PIECE The Utopian Agenda will be making its debut at Art Walk at 8pm.The performance will introduce the first phase of a multimedia work that mactruQue has been writing for stage and screen for many years.  For more information on The Utopian Agenda, please contact Mac at 904-343-4580 or email



AIGA’S ATOMIC SKETCH returns!  Meet designers creating work live for charity!

Jacob Brooks, Jonathon Atkins, Aisling Millar, Michael Lanier, Faith Bennett, Rejcel Harbert, Frank McDermott, Miles Bateman, Kristen Abrahamsen, Holly Halford, Jay Antablian, Jason Tetlak, Gustavo Rocca, Chris Grassinger, Tonsenia Yonn, Pugsley, Natalie Frazier, John Wylie, Josh Hoyle, and others.  Photographers: Scott Blake, Matthew Winghart and Justin Shaw!  Jacksonville Table Tennis !!  Clothing from Emily Moody's Anomaly and Jaxleigh.  TAROT! 

ANNIVERSARY OF THE SAND TROOPERS of the 501st Legion, Squad 7 at The Library!!!

Sake tasting by Circle Japan and pastries by Bliss Bakery!  The Whole Foods Market’s John Messner will be on hand to sample their goodies! 



SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY NEW ART!!!!!! 100 South Laura and Forsyth! (

BUY LOCAL ARTISTS!!!  Original Art created by your own neighbors broadens the way you look at life!  Forget the 'experts', let yourself go and simply look to your inner-self for your own reaction.  My favorite phrase is 'I don't know much about art, but I know what I like'.  We guarantee you will like something/someone here. 

Things are happening at The Library! Come and learn about The Late Night Library club/music venue, Downtown Underground music and art space and incubation zone, and the Library Marketplace!

The Downtown Art Walk is a FREE 'happening' that occurs the first Wednesday of every month where approximately 46 downtown venues stay open until 10:00 and folk stroll around from venue to venue enjoying community and art.  Also included are the New Main Library, JMOCA, Off The Grid Studio Galleries, art galleries, shops, restaurants etc.

DIRECTIONS: Easy to get to!  From I 95!  Just go over the Main Street Bridge and go North on Ocean two blocks and turn left.  From the Matthews/Hart Bridges turn left on Newnan Street and right on Adams!  Just across the street from The Burrito Gallery!  So 'meet at the Burrito', get your official Downtown Vision Map and start your Art Walk experience at The Library!  Join the downtown arts excitement!

Patrick Gearhart, Integrative Marketing | Products | Promotions,

Gray C. Solomon, Thistle Art, The Jacksonville Arts Initiative, 'Making North Florida A Nationally Recognized Arts Producing Region' ,, Tel. (904) 234 0443,

The Library, Mark R. Rinaman,


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Tony Boselli & Sean Hall Meet and Greet

City Kidz Ice Cream


Come Meet and Greet

Tony Boselli & Sean Hall


Thursday, January 6, 2011




City Kidz Special Event Center @ 3rd & Main St.

Historic Springfield


1303 N. Main Street

Jacksonville, Florida 32206

(904) 598-5115


Host Committee

Tony Boselli

Maryam Ghyabi

Ed Burr

Jay Demetree

Shannon Hewett

Mary Goldsmith

Ali Korman

Larry Peterson

Tom Bryan

Alberta Hipps

Karen Bowling

Patrick Victor

Tom Slade

Fred Odom

Paul Harden

Curtis Hart

Tatianna Salvador

Mike McCollum


Political advertisement paid for and approved by Sean Hall, Republican, for City Council, At Large, Group 5

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