23 November, 2008

What Virginia Said...

Sometimes the Best Part of Jacksonville is Watching Others React

I'll never forget a dear friend who became an "adopted" Grandmother to me, on her first trip to Jacksonville from Boston. "Oh my, this is bigger then Boston, how many people live here?" We might just be the best kept secret in Urban America, but it looks like our little truths are starting to leak out from JaxPort.

Exporting jobs
November 23, 2008
Virginia's roads and bridges are falling apart. The General Assembly refuses to raise the 17.5-cent gas tax to pay for new roads, maintenance and transit that are needed. Check out all the potholes on Interstate 64 between the airport and the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and on Interstate 664 in Hampton and Newport News.

On the other hand, the Better Jacksonville program in our competitor region has had a half-cent regional sales tax that is funding new roads, bridges and port projects everywhere you look.

With the lack of investment in Virginia's infrastructure, expect more of Hampton Roads' port and business activity to move to Jacksonville and elsewhere where the transportation infrastructure is of good quality.

Al Riutort

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The arguments rage to this date, "Should have never been built," "waste of taxpayer money," "Doesn't go anywhere," "Nobody rides it..." etc. Bottom line is we have it, and it is finally showing signs of life. Simple extensions to the Stadium, San Marco, and the area of Blue Cross in North Riverside would turn this little train around. Addition of Park and Ride garages and multimodal transit terminals at the end points would bring on the crowds. The video must have been shot on a Sunday Morning, as downtown is certainly as packed with life as any other major City on weekdays. Jacksonville is a city of Bikes, joggers, walkers, buses and cars, one almost wonders how the photographer managed to find this quiet moment.

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