The Thunderlizard Years. In previous articles we have discussed the rise of Jacksonville as a bustling metropolis whose heart and soul, like those of every city before the 20th Century, was located in its hot glowing center. Downtown. Big Shopping Conglomerates, glass enshrined temples of corporate industry, thousands of shops and merchants, tens of thousands of people in the streets day and night.
Bars restaurants, theaters, dance and lecture halls, parks, sundry shops and soda bars packed and lively with the concentrated energy, artistic expression, intellectual life, and sexual congress of a city of hundreds of thousands.