jquery bindings for models and controlers out of the box
I'd like you to place a bigger bet on JQuery. I'd like eazy support for working with model data... such as $.mvc.model.firstname and $.mvs.controller.action(params).
We have no plans to do further integration with jQuery at this time but we are currently looking at better integration with angular.js.
Not sure if it'll get added in the framework directly but you might want to look into KnockoutJS. What you need to do is:
1. Reference Knockout and the Knockout-Mapping extension.
4. your model is now available via knockout in a manner very similar to the one your described.
As a bonus knockout is also designed around jQuery Templates so there's ur moar jQuery :)
Ed Draper commented
Moar JQuery plz!