Tallahassee, the capital of Florida

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Unlike most of Florida, Tallaahassee experiences all four seasons © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0

Unlike most of Florida, Tallaahassee experiences all four seasons © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tallahassee is the capital of Florida. It is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Leon County. Tallahassee became the capital of Florida, then the Florida Territory, in 1824. The population is at 190,000, making the city the 126th-largest city in the United States. Tallahassee is the largest city in the Northwest Florida region as well as the main center for trade and agriculture in the Florida Big Bend and Southwest Georgia regions. Tallahassee is home to the Florida State Capitol, Supreme Court of Florida, Florida Governor’s Mansion, and nearly 30 state agency headquarters. The city is also known for its large number of law firms, lobbying organizations, trade associations and professional associations, including the Florida Bar and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It is also a recognized regional center for scientific research, and home to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. In 2015, Tallahassee was awarded the All-American City Award by the National Civic League for the second time. Tallahassee is currently ranked as the 18th best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews. Tallahassee’s terrain is hilly by Florida standards, being located at the southern end of the Red Hills Region, just above the Cody Scarp. The elevation varies from near sea level to just over 200 feet (61 m), with the state capitol on one of the highest hills in the city. The city includes two large lake basins, Lake Jackson and Lake Lafayette, and borders the northern end of the Apalachicola National Forest. Unlike most of Florida, Tallahassee experiences all four seasons.

The first plan for the Capitol Center was the 1947 Taylor Plan, which consolidated several government buildings in one downtown area. In 1974, the Capitol Center Planning Commission for the City of Tallahassee, Florida responded to growth of its urban center with a conceptual plan for the expansion of its Capitol Center. Hisham Ashkouri, working for The Architects’ Collaborative, led the urban planning and design effort. Estimating growth and related development for approximately the next 25 years, the program projected the need for 2.3 million square feet (214,000 m²) of new government facilities in the city core, with 3,500 dwelling units, 100 acres (40 ha) of new public open space, retail and private office space, and other ancillary spaces. Community participation was an integral part of the design review, welcoming Tallahassee residents to provide input as well as citizens’ groups and government agencies, resulting in the creation of six separate Design Alternatives. The best elements of these various designs were combined to develop the final conceptual design, which was then incorporated into the existing Capitol area and adjacent areas. The Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department implements policies aimed at promoting compact growth and development, including the establishment and maintenance of an Urban Service Area. The intent of the Urban Service Area is to “have Tallahassee and Leon County grow in a responsible manner, with infrastructure provided economically and efficiently, and surrounding forest and agricultural lands protected from unwarranted and premature conversion to urban land use.” The result of compact growth policies has been a significant overall reduction in the Sprawl Index for Tallahassee between 2000-2010. CityLab reported on this finding, stating that “Tallahassee laps the field, at least as far as the Sprawl Index is concerned.”

Historic Florida State House © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0 Lafayette Heritage Trail Park sign © flickr.com - Paul Clark/cc-by-2.0 Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Museum of Florida History © Michael Rivera/cc-by-sa-3.0 Park Avenue Historic District - Knott House © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Supreme Court of Florida © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0 Union Bank, Florida's oldest surviving bank building © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0 Unlike most of Florida, Tallaahassee experiences all four seasons © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tallahassee Asian Festival © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0 Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park © Ebyabe/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Unlike most of Florida, Tallaahassee experiences all four seasons © Urbantallahassee/cc-by-sa-3.0
Tallahassee is home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, parks and performing arts centers. A major source of entertainment and art is the Railroad Square Art Park. The Railroad Square Art Park is an arts, culture and entertainment district, located off Railroad Avenue, filled with a variety of metal art sculptures and stores selling artwork and collectibles. Railroad Square is mainly known for its small locally owned shops and working artist studios, and its alternative art scene. It is also known as home to the second location of Tallahassee’s long-serving local business staple Black Dog Cafe. On the first Friday of every month, Railroad Square is home to a free gallery hop known as First Friday from 6pm-9pm, where a diverse group of upwards of 5000-7000+ Tallahasseeans of all ages come to meet their friends and experience art. Tallahassee is known for it’s many museums. Among the anual festivals are: Downtown Getdown (Florida State Seminoles Pep Rally), Experience Tallahassee Festival (Welcoming festival for FSU, TCC, and FAMU students), First Friday festivals at Railroad Square, Greek Food Festival, Oktoberfest, Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University, Red Hills Horse Trials, Springtime Tallahassee, Tallahassee Film Festival, Tallahassee Marathon and Half Marathon, Tallahassee Wine and Food Festival, Winter Festival, and Florida State University’s HackFSU.

Places of interest are: Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Carnegie Library at FAMU, Challenger Learning Center, College Town at Florida State University, Doak Campbell Stadium, Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, Florida Governor’s Mansion, Florida State Capitol, Florida Supreme Court, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at Florida A&M University, Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Innovation Park, John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture (Riley Museum), Knott House Museum, Lake Ella, Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Mission San Luis de Apalachee, Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University, Museum of Florida History, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, North Florida Fairgrounds, Railroad Square, Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum, Tallahassee Automobile Museum, Tallahassee Museum, and James D. Westcott Building and Ruby Diamond Auditorium at Florida State University.

Read more on City of Tallahassee, Florida Chamber of Commerce, VisitFlorida.com – Tallahassee, Wikivoyage Tallahassee and Wikipedia Tallahassee (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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