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  1. RiversideGator

    European population figures

    Snowguy: The more affluent the third world becomes, the more the birth rate will fall. This has been the clear trend among industrialized countries. Rural, poor nations have higher birthrates (perhaps because farmers want the free labor that children provide) while richer nations have fewer as the economic benefits of children tend to become even to or outweighed (at least in the short run) by the benefits of remaining childless. Personally, I always thought it extremely shortsighted to have no children. After all, who would you rather have care for you in your old age? A relative or a stranger?
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    European population figures

    Wow! Great research, Chtimi. Thank you very much for compiling those statistics for us. This is a particularly interesting subject today with the demographic changes occuring in Europe (i.e. Muslims increasing rapidly while native Europeans decrease in numbers) and has ramifications which will last long into the future. I wonder how much of the natural increase within the nations above is from the traditional Europeans have kids and how much is from the more recent immigrants having kids. Europeans just dont seem to have enough kids to replace themselves (not to mention to increase) for whatever reason. Good luck Europe!
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    Florida Rail Transit | Intercity Rail | Florida High Speed Rail

    So much for the argument that Florida doesnt support rail transit.
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    European population figures

    Chtimi: I would like to know how much of the growth rate (of those European countries which are increasing in population) is based on natural increase and how much is based on immigration. Can you break down those numbers for me please.
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    Biloxi and the Coast

    Gehry may cause more architectural damage than the hurricane.
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    Jacksonville Transit

    jeafl: Riverside now has a Publix, two drug stores (Carter's Park and King Pharmacy and Walgreens), multiple retail shops and many restaurants (Pizza Palace, Mossfire Grill, Qdoba, Al's Pizza, Starlight Cafe, The Row, Subway, Wendy's, Papa Johns Pizza, etc, etc). If you include Avondale we have even more restaurants and upscale shopping. And, downtown is really within walking distance. You must not have driven around Riverside lately. I am a Jacksonville native too and my family has been here over 100 years and I can tell you things are much better in Jacksonville and getting better every day. You must be optimistic and look at all that is available now.
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    Jacksonville Transit

    Well, I think that any community in the city where you need to have a car would be the suburbs. Technically Riverside is one of the first suburban communities, but it is more urban than most neighborhoods and is really like a small town in itself in that you can do just about everything here without leaving. I would say that around NAS is the westside and suburbia though. By the way, I also think jeafl should not be banned. Just because I dont always agree with him doesnt mean he should be banned. That is ridiculous.
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    Jacksonville Transit

    You cant expect urban conveniences if you live in a suburban neighborhood. From my house in Riverside, I can walk to the Publix and even walk to the Willow Branch Library if I was ambitious. I could easily ride a bike downtown to work. Move to a more convenient area.
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    Jacksonville Transit

    There's our light rail line to the Beaches then. Run a rail line along the north side of Beach Blvd and end it at the rail station in Jax Beach. If additional lanes of Beach are needed, create them on the south side of the street.
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    Jacksonville Transit

    This will be like going back to the future since there was a rail link to the beaches from downtown Jax before there was a Beach or Atlantic Blvd. I think the little old train station is still in Jax Beach somewhere.
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    Jacksonville Transit

    This would be an awesome first line for our rail transit system. Imagine leaving your apartment downtown or in Riverside and taking the train down to St Augustine for lunch. You then see a few sights there and later head up to Fernandina for dinner and drinks. I think this would also boost tourism to these places and you wouldnt have to worry about drunk driving.
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    Metro Birmingham Projects List

    Thanks for the pic on Cabana. Now I know why I dont remember the mast - it was covered up. This should definitely be restored, in my opinion, and perhaps the sign at the top of the building could be toned down. It looks like an ego thing - is this the developer's last name? And, can anyone cite an article on the proposed Westin Grand Bohemian downtown? Or is this a rumor?
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    Metro Birmingham Projects List

    Can anyone post a current photo of the Cabana with mooring device? I dont recall this from my years in Bham.
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    City Profile: Savannah

    Great work Chapman. Savannah is a nice city.
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    Metro Birmingham Projects List

    Birmingham is my second favorite city in the South (after only Jacksonville). Good work Jaylon.