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Old 03-06-2012, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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I didn't know that Jax's zoo was impressive enough to be compared with San Diego... I really enjoy zoos. The St. Louis Zoo was ranked as the best free zoo in the nation at least once and it doesn't really hold a candle to San Diego. I'll have to make a point of visiting Jax's zoo.
You can compare the JAX Zoo with the San Diego Zoo - but the JAX Zoo is going to lose . FWIW - we went there this afternoon with my brother and his family for a couple of hours. Had a good time. Didn't hurt that the weather was absolutely perfect . Robyn
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Yes, I did. I thought things would be better. But come on, man. Regency was abandoned, the beaches were abandoned, the places I once knew were all gone, etc. Seriously, is it not that obvious to you that places were going out of business? That jobs were being lost? That work was hard to find? I know the economy got Florida pretty badly, but I didn't know it was that bad! I'm just using simple facts here. I'm sure you've seen it, too.
I think the "center" of JAX has moved a lot in the last 10-15 years. We used to go to Regency a lot - because it was kind of the center of things (there wasn't much on/around Southside - and the Town Center didn't exist). Then things started to shift to the Southside - and now the center is the Town Center.

There is no question that retail businesses/restaurants/etc. have been hurt in the last 5 or so years - here and elsewhere. Due to a variety of factors. The recession - which seems to have produced more "dollar store" and "Forever 21" types of places - while leaving a fair number of the few high end places JAX has more or less intact. It's the stuff in the middle that's suffered the most. There have also been shifts in buying habits. From bricks and mortar to on-line in many types of retail operations (from electronics to books). Heck - I used to shop at the first Sound Advice in Miami in the 1970's. It became a dinosaur - and like the dinosaur - is now extinct. If you live long enough - just about everything you're familiar with changes - or becomes hard to find or disappears.

I don't know what you mean about the Beaches being abandoned. They can look like a ghost town in the winter - but abandoned? I think some nice buildings/restaurants have gone up on Third Street near the center of JAX Beach in the last few years. The area isn't a total eyesore IMO (which it used to be).

And of course the recession hit JAX (and most of Florida) very badly. Because a large % of our economy was based on construction. And most of those construction jobs are gone - and not coming back soon IMO. Robyn

P.S. I don't think you're a troll.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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JAX beach still seems populated in the winter because there is a nice sized year round population.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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I've lived in Jax my entire life and I think that if I was a little older with a family I'd enjoy it.

However, as a young(23) single person this city if awful.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:35 AM
 
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I've lived in Jax my entire life and I think that if I was a little older with a family I'd enjoy it.

However, as a young(23) single person this city if awful.
I guess it's just not for the young. Kinda sad.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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I guess it's just not for the young. Kinda sad.
It's just too spread out to do anything fun. Unless you live around the beaches or Riverside have fun driving 45 minutes to get somewhere fun.

Also as a young single male, it's difficult dating because everyone is married and on their first child by 20.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:52 PM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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We are what we are
What is Jacksonville? in one word? Thats what ive always tried to figure out.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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It's just too spread out to do anything fun. Unless you live around the beaches or Riverside have fun driving 45 minutes to get somewhere fun.

Also as a young single male, it's difficult dating because everyone is married and on their first child by 20.
Hyperbole
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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What is Jacksonville? in one word? Thats what ive always tried to figure out.
Jacksonville.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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What is Jacksonville? in one word? Thats what ive always tried to figure out.
Home
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Family
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