Last Friday, Aug. 8, Downtown Vision, Inc. (@DTJax) and TEDxJacksonville (@TEDxJAX) took to the Twitterverse to discuss Downtown misperceptions. In conjunction with TEDxJacksonville’s “(un)knowing” theme for its upcoming Oct. 25 event, DVI posed several questions to discuss “unknowing” Downtown misperceptions. These myths include:
- There’s nothing to do Downtown.
Actually, on average, between 60 and 80 events take place Downtown each week.
- There’s nowhere to park Downtown.
Downtown has more than 43,500 parking spaces across lots, garages and metered parking, and the latter is free nights and weekends.
- Downtown is unsafe.
In fact, Downtown Jacksonville is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.
This tweet chat was our largest one yet. More that two dozen Twitter users chimed in at the official hashtag, #chatdtjax, which was used by participants more than 240 times. DVI’s Hootsuite social-media-management account crashed during the chat due to so much activity. Below, you’ll find a series of screenshots of key responses and thoughts:
Q1: What myths or misperceptions about #DTJax do you wish locals would “unknow”? #chatdtjax
Q2: How do you react when you hear someone voice a #DTJax misperception? #chatdtjax
Q3: What tools would be helpful in setting the record straight? #chatdtjax
Q4: How can community leaders and orgs like @DTJax and @TEDxJax help dispel these #DTJax myths? #chatdtjax
Q5: Switching from myths to fun facts, what unknown piece of #DTJax’s history would you like to return? (i.e. retail glory, streetcars) #chatdtjax
Q6: What’s your favorite #DTJax location that’s unknown to the bigger Jax community? Ex: favorite restaurant, hidden gem, bar, etc. #chatdtjax
A big thanks to TEDxJacksonville and all who participated for sharing your thoughts with us on Downtown myths and what we can do to debunk them. Stay tuned to @DTJax on Twitter and DVI’s Facebook page for announcements on future tweet chats. For more information on TEDxJacksonville and this year’s event, visit tedxjacksonville.com. Sign-ups are now available here.