07 June, 2008

WHY RUN WITH THE BIG DOG'S OF THE AMERICAN EAST COAST ?



Quick Quiz: Which are America's REALLY big East Coast Cities? Name me the top Ten Eastern Cities by population...
Natoinal Population Rank - East Coast States Rank

1. New York City
6. Philadelphia
11. Jacksonville
19. Baltimore
20. Charlotte
23. Boston
25. Washington
34. Atlanta

43. Miami
55. Tampa

Forget Tampa (Shallow Bay and one railroad), Miami (No room to grow and 300 extra miles to market), Atlanta (no port). Bet YOU wouldn't have guessed it, but in the EAST we are the NUMBER 3, of the "Big 3". In land mass we are number one.

This fact and the map in the sidebar "Here comes the Zeppelins" story, says it all. We are in position to take the hub of World Transportation. The recent rush to our docks prove us a very Big Dog Indeed. Call it unbridled boosterism if you wish, but watch us land 3 of the Worlds largest steamship lines within the year. But I'm not going to say who they might be. Count Von Zeppelin? Are you watching?

TAKE A FREE TOUR OF THE JACKSONVILLE SKYWAY

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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