The Metro Jacksonville site is definitely worth a visit just to see an outstanding webpage devoted to a city’s urbanism. For a non-JAX resident, however, one the best reasons to visit the site is under the “Learning From” tab, where their “Elements of Urbanism” series is housed.
These are comprehensive descriptions of other cities around the nation with oodles of statistics comparing them to Jacksonville. This alone would be interesting, but what elevates the reports are the “on the scene” photographs, maps, and reports.
Not only is there an “Elements of Urbanism: Providence” report, but several other local cities, including Boston, New Haven, Albany, and Buffalo, have reports there as well.
As we look to plan for the future and aim to do more and do better than just comparing ourselves to Worcester and Hartford, reading Metro Jacksonville seems like a great place to start and we could do a lot worse than to replicate their series for ourselves.