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The Avenue | Lifestyle

Midtown bars are seen on University Avenue in Gainesville on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.
THE AVENUE  |  LIFESTYLE

Stuck in traffic: Gainesville roads and rush hour pose serious problems for students, locals

Ongoing construction, irregular traffic lights, limited parking spaces and pedestrian pathways along certain roads raise questions of concern for Gainesville residents as they navigate the city. The presence of a public university and relentless residential communities within an approximately 64-square-mile space creates congestion in this college-town reminiscent of that in a big city. 


THE AVENUE  |  LIFESTYLE

Gainesville’s beauty industry: Nailing customer service

There’s a familiar comfort that comes from sitting across the same trusty nail technician for a bi-weekly touch up. Their trusted hands and creative eyes have been there for every birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. These nail technicians, or nail techs, have unique skills and creativity as well as a dedication to their clients that have fostered lifelong relationships.


Joey Alfonso, 24, is seen at the UF Bat Houses in his bat suit on Monday, May 29, 2023. 
THE AVENUE  |  LIFESTYLE

Gainesville residents bring superheroes to life

What started as a simple walk down Newberry Road in a Batman suit for a 24-year-old Gainesville resident has turned into an opportunity to share joy with the local community. Joey Alfonso has spent the past four months sporting his Batman cosplay in Gainesville and neighboring cities, sharing positivity associated with the character he loves. 



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