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Terry Lorince, DVI executive director

Terry Lorince, DVI executive director

Since we published our White Paper, “Turning the Corner: Rethinking and Remaking Downtown,” in 2010, the number of organizations, individuals, projects and events that are focused on developing a compelling Downtown experience has grown by leaps and bounds. Taking a look back at the best practices and recommendations outlined in our white paper, you can see many of them being developed or in place today.

The entertainment district is fueled by a passionate grassroots movement called “The Elbow.” This group unites entertainment and nightlife venues for promotions and events, which are essential in cultivating the vibe of Downtown. If you haven’t experienced a happy hour at one of the dozen bars in The Elbow, it’s time you see what the big deal is all about.

DVI partnered with One Spark and local artists this year to facilitate a number of public art murals, providing beauty, whimsy and a sense of fun in the walkable core. These murals remain today, so take a walk along Adams Street during lunch to enjoy a free art show, open 365 days a year.

Also completed earlier this year, DVI’s Laura Street façade grant program added outdoor café seating and façade and streetscape enhancements that spur sidewalk activity connecting two major nodes of activity, the Hemming Plaza and the riverfront districts.

These are just a few examples of the hundreds of sparks enhancing and connecting major areas of activity in Downtown’s walkable core and the urban core at large. All it takes is a spark, and I’m happy to report Downtown is on fire.

-A message from the executive director, Terry Lorince

Sept. 2013 UpdateRead the full “Downtown Jacksonville Update to learn about what’s happening Downtown in the realm of news, initiatives, developments and more. And if you haven’t already signed up for this monthly e-newsletter, sign-up to have all future Updates sent directly to your email inbox.

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