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  1. Fantastic work Cotuit!! I actually threw together the development map for Jacksonville, but it's not nearly as comprehensive as the one you've done for Prov! Two comments and a question .... - How did you insert the images into the tabs like that? - Brown just annouced that they are going to build a new fitness center on hope street - in front of the current gym, where the surface parking lot is. I think it will be a 3 story glass structure called the J. Nelson fitness center. I hadn't noticed that mentioned in the forums, but it might be a good addition to the map. - The provid
  2. I wanted to start a general thread for discussion about Commuter Rail. I think many of us have expressed the opinion that Commuter Rail is superior to (and cheaper than!) BRT. Here's a great letter to the editor from 11/15 ... -------------------------------------------------------- TRANSIT Use railroad lines Recently you published an article on the Jacksonville Transportation Authority's choice for bus rapid transit in lieu of the "more expensive" light rail system. Oddly enough, the best choice for commuter service was not mentioned. The map shows two routes being considered
  3. Well, I agree with Jeafl. He has every right to come onto this forum and post nothing but negative opinions. He shouldn't be banned for that. Nor is there anything wrong with being argumentative ... lord knows I've probably started an argument with half the people who post in the Jax forum. But overall, it's all in good fun... However, there is a distinct line between being negative and being disruptive (like if someone continuously posts comments that are remarkably outrageous or false on their face) ... and I hope that line doesn't keep on getting crossed ...
  4. Could you please provide a citation or reference? I've never heard of such a thing. Furthermore, the TU reported that the skyway actually made a slight PROFIT for the 2004 fiscal year (which runs into 05) largely in part to the superbowl revenue. Though I previously called the skyway a failure (and I stand by that statement, in its proper context), it's only a failure in the sense that several poor design choices have limited its potential. But from a financial standpoint, it's certainly been no worse a project than any one of a dozen pointless road and highway projects.
  5. jeafl - I think you are probably painting the wrong picture in your mind. The only reason they called the commuter rail "from Fernindina to St. Augustine" was because those are the TERMINAL stops. The primary service would be from the Jax suburbs to Downtown ... all the points in between. The service to outlying stops is generally much lighter. Also, few people really walk to commuter lines. They drive or bike for a little bit, then get on the train, then ride downtown transit to their offices. That's how it works in Boston - it's very popular. It's definitely a system for suburbanites, to
  6. These plans really sound wonderful to me. Lately, I had been losing a lot of faith in JTA. In my opinion, the BRT routes are very poorly conceived, and might very well become the next "skyway" type failure. (And as much as I love the skyway, you have to admit it has been a failure, if only for the simple reason that they didn't build it near where anyone actually lives!!!) - Water Travel ... I think this would be an amazing service. The problem though? No wake manatee zones EVERYWHERE, which might make it far too slow to be useful as a non-recreational form of transit. Just my prediction.
  7. Greg It sounds like you have more of a chip on your shoulder about America, than any American forumer possibly has against Dubai. Your contempt for America has all the subtlety of a paranoid Noam Chomsky manifesto, and all the charm of the Che Guevarra t-shirts your grade school teachers must have worn to class.
  8. Charlotte has a very nice airport. Frankly, I don't really see the need for it to become a huge hub. Atlanta/Wash/Philly/Baltimore are all within an hour's flight. It's already a medium-sized hub, and it seems to handle the traffic quite well (I've never had delays there anyway).
  9. BK is Catholic. Episcopal, figure it out ... I've never heard of any "forcing" of religion. They all still teach evolution in biology class, if that's what you mean. And you don't have to be Catholic or Episcopalian to get accepted. Bolles never so much as uttered a prayer in all the years I was there. It's totally non-religious. But yes, this is so utterly off-topic. I think I started this whole tangent several posts back. My bad.
  10. This is totally off topic, but I have always wondered about that phenomenon, Merlin. Perhaps you'll entertain my rant ... While I understand that most Duval schools are total crap (Raines and Rebault have a total average SAT score of below 800, for example), I guess I've always had a hard time understanding the value of Clay or St. Johns public schools. I knew a lot of people from Mandarin high (duval) and Nease high (st johns), and frankly, the Mandarin kids mostly got into better colleges and have seemed to do more with their lives so far. I also have a whole lot of extended family over t
  11. I was looking through all the old photo galleries (great shots everyone!) and I didn't see any pictures of the new Brown Life Science building under construction. When I visted Providence back in October, I was stunned to see the huge steel frame already up. Does anybody have any recent photos? I'd love to see how it's coming along. (Since I lived one block away for three years, and walked by it every single day, I have somewhat of an attachment/interest in the site.)
  12. They still haven't done demolition yet, so I don't know how far off the project really is. However, I have no doubt that they will be able to sell out immediately, as the site is literally across the street from the main part of UF's campus. It's also within walking distance of lots of the popular bars and isn't that far from downtown. There are thousands of UF undergrads who would kill for that location.
  13. LaVilla basically is downtown. Nothing really meaningful divides "downtown" from "lavilla" other than the fact that lavilla is a couple blocks west of the CBD. I think the only reason it's even a named neighborhood is because is used to be the black area of town at the turn of the 20th century. In any event, I am also confused about the site. Is this center planned for the convention center station or the jefferson street station?? Either way, this hub will only be between a 5-10 minute walk from the center of downtown, which is a good distance. Plus, if someone hates walking, the skyway i
  14. Like Cotuit said, I think New Urbanists do want to affect parking in some respects, but it's all really about parking design, rather than parking numbers. New Urbanists essentially just want hidden parking, so large lots and ugly garages don't blight a neighborhood. In most cases, I think New Urbanists take a "hands off" approach to designing numbers of parking spaces. In fact, what they really want, is for cities to abolish all mandatory parking requirements, and let private developers decide how much parking is truly needed for their projects. They feel that in a less regulated situation
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