The City of Jacksonville, in partnership with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and Downtown Vision, Inc., sought to use the arts as a real estate development catalyst to revitalize the historic downtown.


The students explored: 

·       If a downtown of over 20 city-owned vacant buildings and numerous privately-owned structures can be transformed through arts-related redevelopment  

·       If there is a market for artist work or live/work space in the downtown  

·       How this initiative can best serve the vibrant culture of the region

·       What the best redevelopment scenarios and which buildings provide the maximum impact to leverage limited resources in order to kick start private development would be  

·       What partners can ensure the success of the initiative and how can they be brought on board

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