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Old 08-20-2018, 10:47 AM
 
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What is the one word (first word) to describe the following areas:
  • Downtown JAX
  • San Marco
  • Southside
  • Murray Hille
  • Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Neptune Beach
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach

Other areas of FL
  • Orlando
  • Tampa
  • Miami
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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Originally Posted by JerseySoCalGirl View Post
What is the one word (first word) to describe the following areas:
  • Downtown JAX
  • San Marco
  • Southside
  • Murray Hille
  • Ponte Vedra Beach
  • Neptune Beach
  • Atlantic Beach
  • Jacksonville Beach

Other areas of FL
  • Orlando
  • Tampa
  • Miami
Well, nobody answered this at all, and I feel sad for you. So here's my answers:
  • Downtown JAX - Growing
  • San Marco - Weird
  • Southside - Declining
  • Murray Hille - Aging
  • Ponte Vedra Beach - Snooty
  • Neptune Beach - Snootier
  • Atlantic Beach - Snootiest
  • Jacksonville Beach - Gangsta

Other areas of FL
  • Orlando - Si`
  • Tampa - Boring
  • Miami - Hot
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Old 08-22-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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Thank you for your sympathy --
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:22 PM
 
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Is downtown Jax really growing? Seems stagnant to me but I just drive through periodically.


Is atlantic beach snootier then Ponte Verdra Beach? I think you have that reversed.
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Old 08-23-2018, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Is downtown Jax really growing? Seems stagnant to me but I just drive through periodically.


Is atlantic beach snootier then Ponte Verdra Beach? I think you have that reversed.
Yeah I would tend to dispute most if not all of SS's descriptors. However his take is probably intentionally very radical and forward-looking, and from this perspective I think there is truth in all his answers. Plus a one-word response doesn't really lend itself to thorough analyses.

Anyway, sorry JSCG, I won't attempt one word responses but I will expound on SS's replies.
  • Downtown JAX - Growing

    Yeah this is true. It's not on the level you'd expect from a metro our size, nor terribly visible, but there are two large affordable housing projects near completion in Lavilla (I think totaling ~300 units), FSCJ recently completed their first phase for student housing (maybe 80 or so students?) and the Laura Trio currently under construction will include several hundred units of various forms of housing. If you include the Southbank there is the 300-unit Broadstone Riverhouse and the San Marco Apartments (yes despite the name it's on the side most consider the Southbank) with 147 units, both under construction. And of course there's some non-residential development happening. Also throw in Brooklyn which many also lump into "downtown" and there's a lot of proposals on deck. If just a third of them actually come to fruition, downtown Jax is poised for substantial growth that we haven't seen in several decades.

  • San Marco - Weird

    Ha, I definitely don't think so. Yet, with the path Riverside has taken (formerly weird and now becoming very mainstream) it is possible San Marco is the "weird" one of the gentrified urban core neighborhoods. But I don't think so, I'd expect Springfield and Murray Hill to remain far more weird and San Marco would always be refined and upscale by comparison.

  • Southside - Declining

    No way is this true, if you consider SJTC to be part of the Southside. But that may be an outdated label and SJTC deserves to be its own area by now considering the insane transformation over the years. I think with current proposals they are looking at a few billion dollars in construction in that area in less than a decade. Anyway, the old "Southside" isn't really "declining" either, and yet, there's truth to that cause if you're not expanding/growing I guess you are declining. And it may actually become noticeable in the next decade or so.

  • Murray Hille - Aging

    Ok, hard to agree with this one in any way cause it's definitely been seeing a massive influx of young professionals and young families priced out of Riverside. So unless aging refers to the architecture and infrastructure, or if it is akin to a fine wine that is really coming into its own now, then I have to disagree completely with this description.

  • Ponte Vedra Beach - Snooty
  • Neptune Beach - Snootier
  • Atlantic Beach - Snootiest
  • Jacksonville Beach - Gangsta

    I'm not as intimately familiar with the beaches as SS, so I will pass on critiquing it too harshly. But I will say that this could be a very accurate description of the direction these cities are headed.
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I will add a few:
Southside sketchy

Downtown Jax: struggling
Jax Beach: yikes
Neptune beach: eh
Atlantic beach: charming
Ponte vedra beach: overpriced
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