Eight Days a Week

I often say that any day Downtown is a good day. In recent weeks, I’ve spent multiple days per week Downtown — so the days have been spectacular. They’re so spectacular, in fact, that I have little time to write! My apologies.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s kept me away, in no particular order:
>My first JEDC meeting, during which Executive Director Ron Barton gave a three-year assessment of progress on the Downtown Action Plan.
>Participating in the JCCI Recession, Recovery and Beyond study with attendance at the regional meetings. Regionalism interests me because I grew up an hour away; of course, Bradford is not part of the Cornerstone region, but that’s OK.
>My first Jacksonville Veterans Day parade. The empty caisson and riderless horse nearly did me in. (Plenty of photos — five rolls! — to come after I get the slide film developed.)
>Fantastic concerts by the talented and amazing Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, including Frederica’s Farewell.
>Election Day!
>My first Historic Preservation Commission meeting, which was just under two hours long. I heard that was a record (early) finish.
>Downtown Vision‘s annual meeting.
>Riding the Skyway as much as possible. It is a joke to many, but I think it’s the best way to cross the river. Also, it limits the number of parking tickets I receive.
>Logistical work for a JCCI Forward event, that I am pleased to say will include a trip on the Skyway.
>Conversations with various parties interested in Downtown, some going back 20 or more years. The question I pose is how one can get involved in Downtown when one does not own property or a business.
>Quick trips out of Downtown to St. Augustine and Gainesville. By living in Melbourne, I learned that I appreciate Jacksonville even more when I go away.

>That amazing Jaguars win Sunday against the Texans, in which David Garrard threw a Hail Mary pass that was deflected into the hands of Mike Thomas.

Phew! That’s a lot, and not everything I’ve done in the last 17 days. The plan is to write about most of those events. Thanks for your patience and for checking in!


About newzgrrl

Writer, editor, photographer, Southerner. I love Downtown Jacksonville and bicycles.
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