Jax Isn't the Only One! 60 Years of Urban Change

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Historically, Jacksonville is a great case study of how to kill a downtown, displace long-time residents, destroy established communities and historic building stock. However, 60 Years of Urban Change, a recent study by the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities, suggests we're not alone. Here's a brief glimpse of Jacksonville's transformation, along with a few peer cities.

A few American cities, typically scenes of early preservation movements, appear to virtually be the same from above:

Miami Beach, 1961 to 2014

New Orleans, 1964 to 2014

Then there's the ultimate minority. Cities completely engulfed by rapid growth over the last few decades, resulting in densification during the automobile era:

Miami, 1961 to 2014

Then there is Jacksonville. A city that has completely disrespected its past to the point where it's hard to determine the city's true identity:

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