Near the Riverside Art Market, people can walk to a host of other places. Riverside is one of Jacksonville’s most dense neighborhoods with densities in some areas well above 6,000 people per square mile. Riverside used to be the bohemian/counter-culture hub of Jacksonville, but is now the hub of art and gay life in Jacksonville. There is a good mixture between yuppies, hippies, gays, and the elderly in the neighborhood, which is also served now by a continuously running trolley. This will definitely be the first Jacksonville neighborhood to see streetcars and there is already a push for that.
Residents of this neighborhood can walk to dozens of restaurants and bars, a theater, a neighborhood Publix, several churches, and a host of stores. People can also walk to two great parks (one is photographed), one of the South’s best art museums (personally I think it is the best in FL, though because Salvador Dali is one of my favorite artists I enjoy that museum in St. Pete…another artsy town). There are also tons of B&B’s in the area, but no standard hotels.
An example of the average Jacksonville bus stop: a concrete bench with a sign. There is a comprehensive sign ordinance in Jacksonville guarded by a prominent attorney. Many would like to see a public-private partnership where private companies sponsor a bus station with space for an advertisement (what most cities do), but this would involve the unraveling of the sign ordinance, which this lawyer fiercely protects. Parts of the ordinance are legitimate, but the language is too general and includes too many things.
Jacksonville Women’s Club, purchased by the Cummer and currently being refurbished, originally constructed in 1927.
The Garden Club
Another dismal bus stop.