Downtown Vision

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon who discussed their annual report The State of Downtown and the progress made the past few years in redevelopment projects (01:05).  

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Downtown Jacksonville is getting more help with its panhandlers and homeless community thanks to a new outreach specialist.

The Downtown Art Walk returns to Jacksonville’s urban core Feb. 1 with a special theme of peace and love. Downtown Vision Inc. CEO says to not be afraid to take part in the Wednesday night event despite recent shootings.

Andre Roman

A downtown Jacksonville coffee house expanded its outdoor seating into a city parking spot in front of it Monday. The Brick Coffee House on Adams Street created what’s called a “parklet,” or a parking spot repurposed as something else. 

The Jacksonville Landing

This Wednesday, the Jacksonville Landing’s front steps will transform into a “front porch” during the downtown's monthly evening Art Walk.

The Landing is packing the space with 23 vendors, a full bar, games and art tents.

The pop-up party is part of a national movement called “tactical urbanism.”


Art Walk
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Jacksonville businesses and city streets open up to artists and musicians the first Wednesday of every month for Art Walk.

And the people behind Jacksonville’s downtown Art Walk want to know what visitors think about the monthly event. That’s why there’s an online survey.

 


SparkDistrict.com screenshot
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The Spark District is the new name for the area where entrepreneurs can find support in downtown Jacksonville. The new district and its corresponding website were unveiled Thursday evening in Hemming Park.


Downtown Vision, Inc.

A public-private partnership has been formed to to revitalize Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.

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The owners and patrons of Jacksonville's food trucks have been speaking out this week following proposed city legislation some say would make operating the mobile eateries impossible.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Jacksonville’s new Downtown Investment Authority is kicking off a series of community meetings this week. They want the public input on a new plan for the city's Urban Core.

The meetings are a chance for residents to speak out about what they think are the most important issues related to downtown development — whether that means housing, streetscape improvements, parks and recreation, business recruitment, or all of the above.

www.eatupdowntown.com

For the seventh year in a row, Downtown's finest restaurants are collaborating to bring Jacksonville foodies a great night out for dinner - at an affordable price.

Can you say, $35 bucks for a three-course menu at the Chart House? Yep, doable. And all part of Eat Up Downtown, a two-week long initiative to bring people into the city's urban core after the end of the workday.

Kevin Meerschaert

A partnership including the city of Jacksonville and downtown hotel are teaming to give the Players Championship more of a presence  in downtown Jacksonville.

The Players Alliance also includes JEA, JTA, JAXPORT, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, The Jaguars, the Gator Bowl Association, Florida's First Coast of Golf and Orange Peel Entertainment.

It will all kick off with a party on the Shipyard's property that will include music, food and golf related events  May 3. A golf-theme will be part of the ther May 1 Art-Walk.

Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

The once gray storefront of Chamblin's Uptown bookstore in downtown is getting a splash of color thanks to local artist Shaun Thurston - a process captured in this article by the Florida Times-Union.