Tag Archives: Downtown Vision

Eat Up Downtown

“Ate” years & counting The word restaurant comes from the French word restaurer, meaning to restore. This makes sense when you consider the first restaurants came about to serve weary travelers and offer nourishment during long journeys. In today’s busy world, we spend much of our social time staring at the screens of computers or smart phones. Dining out offers us face-to-face time with the people in our lives, from catching up with friends to celebrating milestones with loved ones. August is the perfect time to plan some restorative time with friends and family, thanks to Downtown’s annual dining promotion, …

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Downtown, In Focus

In the immortal words of former Jacksonville Mayor , “As your Downtown goes, so goes your city.” So then, how are things Downtown going today? The number of Downtown residents is the highest it’s been in decades, and residential properties are more than 90% occupied. Downtown office vacancy rates continue to drop each year. Crime in Downtown accounts for only 2% of serious crime in the entire City of Jacksonville. And, Downtown has more parking than , not including . Downtown champions are hard at work. The  has created a Spark Grant program for Downtown revitalization through the arts. , …

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Hogan Street Mural Project

A new display is coming to downtown’s  for  on April 9th. The gallery on Hogan St. is the product of collaborative works of many local artists. Two murals to be unveiled for the festival include ‘Face to Face’ by  which will feature portraits of the gallery’s collaborative members and ‘Clean Water’ by , which promotes natural preservation in Jacksonville. The Southlight Gallery, since its inception in 2009, has sought to create a stage for local artists and foster cultural enrichment in Jacksonville. Rich in community-focus, the gallery currently offers complimentary tours. Their monthly ‘First Wednesday’ celebration offers art demos, performance …

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Millentrepreneurs of #Duval

Kicked into existence in 1979, I was born on the tail-end of what is commonly referred to as Generation X. My generation was the offspring of the often tarred-and-feathered Baby Boomers, and we’re usually thought of as the aimless kids who brought you plaid, grunge music, and web design. We were the meandering daydreamers who were too busy cranking The Pixies CDs, quoting Tarantino films, or saying “amen” to Janeane Garofalo to be caught up in material matters. If the clichés are to be believed, we were disenfranchised by broken Reaganomics and jaded from watching happiness elude our fiscally responsible …

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Hemming Plaza Downtown Art Walk 10 years by Daniel Goncalves

Cheers to 10 Years at Art Walk

The First Wednesday Art Walk is celebrating 10 years of art and culture on Wednesday, November 6. Celebrate with Downtown Vision, Inc. at a Laura St. block party, located adjacent to , with an Art Walk retrospective, announcements for the years to come, special performances, an art unveiling, raffle and more, culminating in a champagne toast to say “Cheers to 10 years!” Retrospective and announcements begin at 6:15 pm. Enjoy participatory art installations, live music and artwork in Hemming Plaza and throughout the Downtown galleries, restaurants, cultural venues and businesses. “Starting with just eight venues and a couple hundred participants …

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