Jacksonville in 1930

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Ever wonder what neighborhood commercial strips were originally set up to be walkable? Look no further than this map by George W. Simons, Jr. It presents an interesting look at zoning in Jacksonville during the Great Depression.

Zoning map, adopted by ordinance no. U-125, September 9, 1930. In conformity with the comprehensive city plan of Jacksonville, Florida. [Jacksonville, Fla. : Simons, 1930] Included in Comprehensive City Plan of Jacksonville, Supplement 1.

About George W. Simons, Jr.

George W. (Washington) Simons, Jr. was a prominent Jacksonville city planner in the early 20th century. His preparation of Florida's first comprehensive municipal plan (Jacksonville, 1929) launched his professional career as a municipal consultant, and over a forty year period he was retained by over seventy municipalities to prepare city, county, regional and zoning plans, reports and studies. His plans for major Florida cities include: Tampa, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami Beach.

Zoning map courtesy of the University of North Florida's George Simons, Jr. Planning Collection at http://digitalcommons.unf.edu/simons/