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Report: River "A Legacy Unfulfilled"

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Report: River 'a legacy unfulfilled'

City has never taken full advantage of its greatest asset, the St. Johns River, study says.

By CHARLIE PATTON, The Times-Union

The St. Johns River is Jacksonville's "most significant asset," but it's an asset of which the city has never taken full advantage, a study by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. has concluded.

"It is fundamentally true that our river is not the heart of Jacksonville," said Ted Pappas, chairman of the study committee. "It remains an unpolished gem ... a legacy unfulfilled."

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I'm glad to hear of plans to clean up McCoy's and Hogan's creeks and to provide greenspace along their banks.

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The St. Johns River is Jacksonville's "most significant asset," but it's an asset of which the city has never taken full advantage, a study by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. has concluded.

"It is fundamentally true that our river is not the heart of Jacksonville," said Ted Pappas, chairman of the study committee. "It remains an unpolished gem ... a legacy unfulfilled."

So... Why in the hell would the city tear down the old Fuller Warren bridge instead of turning it into a promenade????

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Good question. I think it has a lot to do with the lack of vision, regarding urban development, by the current administration and old time big players in the city, like Baptist Medical.

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I think Jacksonville has utilized the St. Johns rather well. Especially downtown, and considering the many boat ramps throughout. You would really never even realize The Cumberlin runs through Nashville. It's never really talked about, it's never a big focus when looking at downtown and downtown pictures... and all of the buildings along the riverfront turn their backs to the river. Across the river, where the Titans stadium stands, there is a large surface parking lot for the stadium. There is a pedxing bridge, but I think that was a waste of money... they should have just made it a regular bridge with large sidewalks on the sides.... but either way, when looking at Nashville and other river cities, Jacksonville has done a rather good job... there is always room for improvement.

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