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The following is this week’s issue of the “#DTJax Weekly Update” e-newsletter. To receive this in your email inbox each week, sign-up here.


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DVI Updates 


DVI’s Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Next Week:

Mark your calendars to join Downtown Vision, Inc. for the next Downtown Stakeholders Meeting. Our featured speaker at this quarter’s meeting is Mayor Lenny Curry. He will discuss the pension referendum that will appear on the ballot August 30. The meeting is Tuesday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the 1st Floor Training Room in the Ed Ball Building.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the many things happening Downtown. To attend, contact Jennifer Hewett-Apperson at (904)634-0303 ext. 224 or


We Have an App! #DTJax
Our new app, #DTJax, is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. It’s the best way to know what is going on, with a full list of our events, things to do and places to eat and drink. The app also provides information that can be found on our website including parking, hotel options and various directories.
Download today so you can know what’s up Downtown!


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Downtown Event Signage:
Special Events has updated its signage & banner application to be more inclusive. Anyone wanting to put up street pole banners, lay down side walk stickers, spray chalk, or any other things will need to have the “Special Event Signs” application filled out. The application is on the City of Jacksonville’s website under “permits,” or can be found here.

St. John’s River Taxi and Tours:
With the warmer, summer weather here to stay for awhile, enjoy it on the water with the St. John’s River Taxi! The River Taxi is now available for eco tours, Jacksonville Zoo trips and sunset river cruises.


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Running every thirty minutes, the River Taxi stops at the Northbank Riverwalk at The Landing, the Southbank at Friendship Fountain, Southbank at the The Doubletree Hotel, Southbank Riverwalk at The Lexington Hotel and at Metropolitan Park during special events. For more information, visit their website here and buy your tickets today!

DVI Annual Report Available:
 Have you ever wondered, what exactly does DVI do in a year? Check out our latest Annual Report, which  highlights accomplishments and financial information for fiscal year 2014-2015.


by: Katherine Hardwick in Downtown Vision, Inc., Placemaking, Spotlight No Comments  

Chris Flagg is a true Downtown champion. His firm, FLAGG Design Studio, LLC, specializes in community planning, urban design and campus master planning and is situated in the heart of Downtown. He chairs DVI’s board of directors and has served on multiple committees including the Executive, “Great Streets,” Advocacy and Green committees over the past six years. Chris also serves on the board of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and is a member of the Office of Economic Development’s Downtown Development Review Board. His professional involvement in Downtown development includes the redevelopment of Laura Street, lead designer on Friendship Fountain, the Laura Street Façade Improvement Grant Program, the Downtown Arts District Activation Guidebook and the redevelopment plans for the Southbank Riverwalk replacement.

If you think that’s an impressive list, you’re not alone. This summer, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) elevated Chris Flagg—one of only 33 nominees—to the prestigious ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members, and the designation is awarded in recognition of sustained, exceptional accomplishments based on works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. Flagg 
is the sole landscape architect in the state of Florida to receive the Fellowship this year. From ASLA:

“Christopher D. Flagg received his nomination, for Service, from the Florida Chapter. Over the course of his diverse career, he has acted at the local, state, and regional levels to make significant improvements to the quality of community life within Florida. Most specifically, his long-term affiliations with nonprofit organizations have promoted the development of Jacksonville—including its historic neighborhoods—as vibrant, livable, and visually appealing places.”

An expert in his field and a guiding voice at DVI, Chris is always pushing us to think bigger, create better and work harder to implement a vision to achieve Downtown’s full potential. Here are just a couple samples from Chris’s portfolio.

View Chris’s full portfolio here. His watercolor illustrations are currently on display at the Wells Fargo Building’s second floor art gallery.