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Old 03-26-2010, 11:39 PM
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hi,i have heard so much whining and complaining about Jackson ,Mississippi that ive beginning to wonder. i would like to buy a small home or condo in the Jackson area. i am a male in my 50s that cares for my elderly mother. we live up north and want to get away from the severe snow in the winter. we do not care for Florida and would like a city that is small yet metropolitan.why is there so much negativity? one of the issues that is important is that we will be able to get around with the bus system. i myself like Jackson from visits in the past. could someone please agree that Jackson would be a good choice for a second home.if not any recommendations?
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:01 PM
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I find it hard to imagine being restricted to the bus system. Why would you put yourself through that when in a place like Jackson, there is hardly any traffic to speak of? That said, the Fondren community has some nice condos, a grocery store, and several great restaurants within walking distance. Downtown has begun to make a comback with several old mid-rise buildings converted into apartments, condos, and hotels. And the Belhaven neighborhood between Fondren and downtown is gorgeous, an easy bike ride to stores and restaurants, a theatre, etc.
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:07 PM
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This would be part of my plan for Jackson:

First, tear down Metrocenter and build an arena/stadium/sports complex on the site.

Second, build a light rail system that would have its park and ride terminus there. Connect the arena to JSU by way of Lynch Street. Continue parallel to the Metro Parkway with stops at the Convention Center, Arts Complex, and Courthouse before crossing State Street to have a station at the Old Capitol Green. Then head down Commerce Street and cross the Pearl River somewhere near the existing bridge with the next station being Trustmark Park/Bass Pro Shops. The other terminus would be the Jackson International Airport. If it went well, then a spur to UMC/Fondren could be added.

It seems like the sort of program that could easily get federal funds of some sort. And it could qualify as a post-Katrina/stimulus package type of economy booster. Jackson would also benefit from moving ahead as a green city.

The mayor of Detroit just announced a plan to demolish a large part of the city in order to start over. The city has lost a half of its population over the last 20 years. So they are planning to raze most of the vacant spaces and replace them with open green areas, while upgrading the areas that are refurbishable.

Jackson could do the same thing. It's already started downtown. This could be the next move.
I've mapped this out before and it looks really workable.
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Old 03-28-2010, 10:17 PM
Location: Jackson, MS
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Jackson's public transit consists of Jatran, which is a bus system. You can go to their website to check out routes and times. Buses stop running at 7 pm and they do not run on Sundays, which is a disappointment, but hopefully they will begin to extend the hours once ridership increases enough. The Jatran website is:
Jatran.com :: Jackson, Mississippi Transit Systems :: (601) 948.7140 :: Amtrak, Greyhound, and Union Station Transfers :: Programming and Hosting by Scott365.com

Downtown, Fondren and Belhaven are all great walkable areas of Jackson. Downtown offers the best walkability and the best access to Jatran but it does not quite have all the everyday amenities yet (but they are quickly moving in due to the large number of downtown apartments growing every year). Fondren is very walkable with some apartments but mostly houses, and you can find restaurants, retail stores, grocery markets, coffee shops, churches, etc there. Belhaven is like Fondren, except it doesn't have as many amenities as close to it, although Belhaven does have a grocery, restaurants, a theater, and churches within walking distance.

The negativity you are referring to is hard to pin down to just one thing. The bottom line is that the metro area HAS to work together as a whole if we ALL plan on increasing the quality of life into the future. Generally speaking, you will find that Mississippians have a lot of pride not only with the state but also the town/city that they reside in. This is helpful in some aspects, but it also tends to keep some from working well with others. Pessimists will always find a reason and a way to brew negativity, no matter the subject. Lucky for us, many of us have common sense and are educated enough to know what needs to be done to progress.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:51 PM
Location: New Orleans
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I lived right outside of Jackson for a long time and I don't mean to be too down on it, but if public transportation is a primary concern Jackson probably isn't the best place to move to. There is a bus system but I literally don't know anyone who has ever taken it.

If you don't care for the Florida vibe there are still probably some other Southern towns that are more cosmopolitan and more walkable/ better public transportation. Have you been to Austin or Baton Rouge? I hear Greenville, South Carolina is very nice too.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:49 AM
Location: Dallas, TX
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Originally Posted by vanburen81 View Post
I lived right outside of Jackson for a long time and I don't mean to be too down on it, but if public transportation is a primary concern Jackson probably isn't the best place to move to. There is a bus system but I literally don't know anyone who has ever taken it.

If you don't care for the Florida vibe there are still probably some other Southern towns that are more cosmopolitan and more walkable/ better public transportation. Have you been to Austin or Baton Rouge? I hear Greenville, South Carolina is very nice too.
Greenville, SC is indeed very nice, and people are moving here from all over "just because" all the time.

Also, Fairhope, AL is a great place - small, picturesque town on a bluff over Mobile Bay. Lots of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, houses & condos within walking distance. Good luck!
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:22 AM
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I know I am a little late, but since the year 2010 has began you should have a larger choice of areas to stay. From my perspective im thinking Jackson has developed and its still developing somewhat like Atlanta. You wont find many new built homes in the immediate Jackson city area, there probably is, but it wont be a large variety to choose from. With that said, if you want a more urban environment, your timing could not have been better. Downtown Jackson is undergoing a multi-billion dollar residential/retail devlopment. This includes the new King Edwards Condos/Hotel that has already been opened, the new Standard life building, which will house condos and also a plethora of other projects (http://www.downtown-jackson.com/inde...gs/development).
MADISON COUNTY. This is basically an extension of the northern Jackson metro into the cities of MAdison and Ridgeland. These cities combined have 4 very highly dense growing devloping residential/retail communities. Ridgeland consist of County line road(not much housing here just retail and a few apts). This is a fairly new renovated area although traffic still poses a problem. The High COlony Renaissance area/Township at Colony Park(consisting of shoppings and i believe some condos and pricy housings with lakefront properties). This is on the highland colony parkway close to many new neighboorhood housing, this area also consist of alot of high-end dining. Further deep into Ridgeland is the Lake Harbor/Harbor Walk area consisting of a very dense residential/commericial environment(maybe even the most dense in the metro). This are consist of alot new waterfront residntial developments on the resevoir and will be the future site of the another mutli-billion dollar Harbor Walk development(Hotels/housing/retail/pleasure-luxury environment). This area is plagued with traffic, in fact Rideland is growing so fast most of the city is. A couple miles further north aof Ridgeland is Madison, which has the Renuion(this place is just like a big neighboorhood resort on plenty water)GrandView Avenue in Madison has become the anchor of city hosting a parkway full of big box retailers, very dense area traffic starting to become a problem. The Town of Lost Rabbit in Madison is on the West shore of the Ross Barnett REsevoir. These are pricy homes on the waterfront/resort area with a marina. This is strait due east of Madison. The Southern and South/Eastern portions of the resevoir consist of Rankin county and the South east shore which house the suburbs of Floowood and further south Brandon and Pearl. These are due directly east of downtown Jackson and sometimes refered to as East Jackson. I do not know much about this part of the metro, but the one or two times i have been to this side all i remember was alot of new malls/shopping, alot new neighboorhoods, and definately ALOT OF TRAFFIC. It is also adjacent to Mississippi Medical Center area. Jackson metro has development somewhat like a tire and spoke arrangement with a center hub and booming suburb cities all around. The immediate inner urban part of Jackson saw a decline as suburbs boomed in the early 2000s, but as a result years later money has had no choice but to find its way being somehow poured back into the city and dowtown. Jackson finally has some tru investors behind downtown and is experiencing a redevelopment like never before the metro area should be something to watch for the next few years. As for transportation, if you were to get an APT downtown there are so many new developments in the making that would make for plenty convenience for walking. The bus system is reliable in the inner city, but the suburbs where alot of activity/shopping/entertainment occur are shy of this type of public transit.
Crime in the metro is mostly confined in portions like other major cities, this is mostly west and southwest Jackson. The negativity is often magnified. A metro area consisting of 600,000 people, things will happen and enforcement cant be everywhere at the same time. The suburbs have very strict laws and high fines, and have below zero tolerance for criminal activity, in the negatives if you will, and have no problem setting you a bond for breaking a law
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