Written by: Leslie Priddy, DVI Intern

Over the past weeks, we’ve posted on Mayoral Candidates on Reviving Downtown and City Council Candidates Reviving Downtown, courtesy of The Florida Times-Union‘s “Meet the Candidates” Q&As. This week we’re bringing you City Council At-Large Groups candidates. All citizens can vote for At-Large members regardless of where they reside. Check out how the At-Large City Council Groups are broken out in the map below, and keep scrolling to learn about each candidate and his/her Downtown priorities.

2015AtLargeDistrictMapTo take a better look at the map click here.

by: Katherine Hardwick in Advocacy, Placemaking, Thought Leadership No Comments  

Earlier this month, we posted about Mayoral Candidates on Reviving Downtown thanks to the Florida Times-Union’s “Meet the candidate” Q&As. In similar fashion, we’re bringing you how Jacksonville’s City Council contenders weighed in on Downtown revitalization. For starters, here’s how the districts are drawn. See a full-size map of the current council districts here.

City Council District Map 2015

by: Katherine Hardwick in Advocacy, Placemaking, Thought Leadership No Comments  

In this post from CityLab, “What Makes a City Beautiful?” philosopher, author and founder of London’s The School of Life, Alain de Botton makes an appeal to all of us to use our power as citizens, to create political backing and to influence our elected leaders to create beautiful cities. De Botton says beauty in urban settings must be objective—and to argue otherwise is a danger to our quality of life.

Summed up from his beautifully illustrated video below are six qualities of attractive cities:

  1. Order (buildings should be uniform in appearance and layout—to a degree);
  2. Visible life (it’s nice to see people walking the streets and working in shop windows);
  3. Compactness (don’t sprawl);
  4. Orientation and mystery (a balance of large and small streets should allow for efficient travel… and for getting lost, on occasion);
  5. Scale (a building should be five stories max, unless what it stands for is really worth more air space);
  6. A sense of the local (Melbourne should look a little different from Barcelona, because its cultural and geographic qualities are different).

Whether you agree with the principles de Botton outlined or not, one thing is for sure: we have the opportunity—and the obligation—as citizens to speak up for the type of city we desire. If you missed it, be sure to read our post on where the mayoral candidates stand on Downtown revitalization here and make sure to vote this spring.

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This week, the Florida Times-Union released “Meet the candidate” Q&As for Jacksonville’s mayoral contenders: Omega Allen, Bill Bishop, Mayor Alvin Brown and Lenny Curry. Among the questions including those on the Human Rights Ordinance, mental illness, race relations, Police and Fire pension, each was asked, “What is your top priority for reviving Downtown?” Here is what they had to say:

Omega Allen



Bio excerpt: A native of Jacksonville and a graduate of William M. Raines, Omega Allen was influenced and molded by the academic and social elite of the African American Community who expected her to excel, achieve, and lead.

Omega has an MBA from Jacksonville University where she graduated Cum Laude. Her academic achievement is a testament to her intellect. She is a Doctoral Candidate and upon completion of her dissertation, she will be awarded a Ph.D. in Public Administration specializing in municipal government. Omega returned to college to obtain the credentials and education needed to successfully lead Jacksonville.

What is your top priority for reviving downtown?

My top priority for reviving downtown is the proper care and relocation of our homeless population. Then the focus immediately switches to attracting new retail, residential, and entertainment venues by offering responsible incentives to utilize the abandoned City-owned properties.

Read the full Q&A here.
View the Supervisor of Elections candidate report here.

P.O. Box 28788
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Email: omegaallenformayor@gmail.com
Website: omega4mayor.com
Facebook: Omega Allen for Mayor

by Zahni Thuzar, DVI Intern 

New Year; better you. If you read our previous post about nailing your New Year’s resolutions Down(town), you learned a bunch of ways to help stick to your plans. Alas, it’s about that time that most of us start jumping ship to join the other 60% ditching their New Year’s resolutions.



Not this time!

The rise of young professional groups here in #DTJax has never been better, and they’re all great opportunities to help you get involved in the community, support the arts and/or gain a new hobby.

To save you some trouble, here’s just a few of the tons of organizations based here in Downtown Jacksonville:

The Contemporaries of MOCA

MOCA JaxYoung professionals between the ages of 21-40 are encouraged to connect with their artistic side and join The Contemporaries. The main goal of this organization is to encourage the cultural activity in this city and to bring awareness of the Museum to the public. With monthly happy hours occurring every fourth Friday of the month (from 5-8 p.m.), there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and connect with like minds. Every meet-up is held at a different location, which allows you to visit plenty of local venues all while discussing the newest trends in the contemporary lifestyle.

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Downtown Jacksonville UpdateDue to holiday hustle and bustle, we are now releasing our “Downtown Jacksonville Update” for December. Read it in full here.

We are working to evolve this e-newsletter into a more concise quarterly format that will better serve our readers.

In the meantime, this month our newsletter contains some of the major Downtown headlines from December.

We welcome your feedback at contact@downtownjacksonville.org. To sign up for future “Downtown Jacksonville Update” e-newsletters, if you are not already a subscriber, click here.

by: Katherine Hardwick in Thought Leadership No Comments  

Parking SignWhen it comes to parking, Downtown Jacksonville has a lot going for it. Yes, really.

With more than 43,000 parking spaces, Colliers International’s 2012 CBD Parking Rate Survey rates parking availability in Downtown Jacksonville as “abundant,” with parking garages consistently less than 60% full on weekdays.

After 6 p.m. and on weekends, all metered parking spaces are free, and during weekdays, many meters in the core accept credit cards.

Downtown employees and visitors enjoy parking rates 45% lower than the national average.

ParkDTJax.com provides rates and locations of Downtown garages and lots, plus and this handy-dandy parking FAQ.

But can we get better? Absolutely. Enter CityLab’s article, “5 Parking Innovations Every City Should Adopt.” Here’s an excerpt of the first innovation from Pittsburgh: