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RiversideGator

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  1. 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?

  2. 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! :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. How do you define a suburban neighborhood? I live near NAS and I am certainly not in the suburbs.

    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.

  6. As it stands now I have a 10-15 minute walk, depending on the weather and how many library books I am carrying, to get to the nearest JTA bus stop from my house. And I must be sure to arrive early just in case the bus is running ahead of schedule, meaning I have to wait in either the cold or heat. And my stop has no cover or bench.

    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.

  7. That old rail line, became Beach Blvd. The old train station is located on Beach Blvd, about a block west of 3rd Street.

    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.

  8. Btw, commuter rail could never be built to the beaches, because existing railroad tracks don't go there. Instead JTA should take half its BRT funds and spend on a line stretching from downtown to the beaches.

    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.

  9. A rail line from Ameila Island to St. Augustine on existing rails would connect Centre Street (Fernandina Beach), the airport/River City Marketplace, Dunn Ave, Jax Zoo, the Northside, Gateway Mall, Edward Water Collage, Durkeeville, the Farmers Market, downtown, San Marco, Emerson, University Blvd, Baymeadows, Mandarin, Avenues Mall, St. Augustine Road, Batram Park, booming Northern St. Johns County and downtown St. Augustine.

    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.

  10. 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?

  11. I like London's historic architecture better than this new stuff, but these towers are ok.

    London is, in my opinion, the greatest city in the world. Its historic architecture is first class. I do worry with all the new skyscrapers that London is losing part of its character and soul. I prefer the idea of the Canary Wharf development - far enough away to not alter the city, but close enough for an easy commute. I hate to see the City and East London transformed into a Manhattan On Thames. Also, it seems that, to compensate for all of the beautiful, neoclassical architecture in London and Europe in general, they try to build more and more outlandish buildings as if in reaction. Still, I love London. "To be tired of London is to be tired of life." :)

  12. Bolles has no religious affiliation. San Jose Episcopal is of course an Episcopalian school, but you did not have to be an Episcopalian to attend. There were weekly (on Weds) services which everyone attended, but you could refuse communion if you chose to. Riverside Presbyterian Day School is also open to any faith, but you get a discount if you are a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church. There are many religious schools in Jacksonville from K-12 which have similar policies. And, they dont have the same permissive outlook that the public schools now do. By the way, public schools in Jax used to paddle kids who were bad until the 80s. A return to this would greatly improve public schools, in my opinion.

  13. I have "a stigma/issue that you need to confront" because I would not send my kids to public schools?? That is bizarre pseudo-psychiatric nonsense. As to what others have said, I agree with Cuban in that there is more pressure to perform and learn in private schools. You dont just get socially promoted and people do generally get into better colleges after graduating from Bolles (of course you can succeed anywhere, I am not denying this). I graduated from Bolles (seems to be popular on here - I probably know some of y'all) and there are failings there too. I think the kids at Bolles, b/c of their fortunate backgrounds, were certainly out of touch with financial reality. There were some kids who were dropped off in limos (2 I can think of) and many had expensive cars, clothing, watches, jewelry, etc. A lot of kids were little snots too b/c of this. So, Lake is right about public schools imparting more street smarts on kids. Still, I think I would prefer if my kids not be exposed to deviant behavior (which exists in every school to some extent) for as long as possible. So, I recommend a religious school for K-6 (like RPDS or San Jose Episcopal) and Bolles/Episcopal for 7-12. This is my take.

  14. As for public schools, I would avoid them at all cost no matter where you live. When we have kids (soon hopefully), they will go to private schools. I realize these are expensive, but it is worth it. If I absolutely could not afford private schools, I would seriously consider homeschooling to avoid the obnoxious socialist, PC environment of government schools.

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