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Changing Jacksonville: Then and Now

A Moderncities.com comparison of 1943 and 2016 aerials illustrating the impact of expressways penetrating through various Jacksonville neighborhoods and districts.

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Grand Madames: Bowden Backs Bordellos, Wins Landslide

Recorded on the pages of JaxHistory.com is the story of the Landslide Election of JET Bowden to Mayor of Jacksonville in 1914. Bowden, who had been Mayor at the time of the Great Fire of 1901, had also been Mayor of LaVilla prior to the first Consolidation of Greater Jacksonville. The world famous...

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Rick Mullaney: The Benefits and Future of Consolidation

The third and final installment of the series. Rick Mullaney, as the former General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville, has an engineer's view of how our Consolidated government works. Join us as he explains the machine that is our unique form of government, its history, things we learned along the...

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Understanding Consolidation with Rick Mullaney

Rick Mullaney, as the General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville, has an engineer's view of how our Consolidated government works. Join us as he explains the machine that is our unique form of government, its history, things we learned along the way, and how structural changes and political fads have...

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The death of a neighborhood: Inside Public School #8

Ennis Davis, AICP of Moderncities.com takes a look inside a closed inner city Jacksonville public school and ponders the negative impact on the surrounding community.

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Rick Mullaney: A History of the Consolidation Movement

Corruption, duplication of services, raw sewage being dumped in the St John's River. A majority of the City Council under indictment, a business climate in crisis, and the humiliating dis-accreditation of our Public School System. City of Jacksonville General Counsel, Rick Mullaney has an engineer's...

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Five of the Most Amazing Things About Jacksonville

Without Jacksonville the world would be a poorer and less interesting place. It is no exaggeration to say that some of the most important cultural and social trends of the past hundred years are rooted either in Jax or people from Jax. Without Native Jaxson Don Estridge, for example, would we all be...

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Heartbreakingly Cool Footage of Downtown in 1942

Old 16mm vacation films were recently discovered at a garage sale in San Jose, CA by Tim Peddy and converted to digital courtesy of The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County. It depicts a train ride from California to Florida via New York City, ultimately arriving in Pensacola via Jacksonville. ...

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Revisiting the 1971 MasterPlan

By the 1970s, right off the heels of Axe Handle Sunday, downtown had become a decaying district suffering from many of the same factors that decimated urban cities throughout the United States, such as white flight, racism, and blight---and of course the more insidious one: Federal financing regulations......

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The 1992 Downtown White Paper: The Proposals

The second part of the acclaimed Downtown White Paper of 1992. Produced by a select group of professionals, architects, and gentlemen businessmen, the White Paper confronted the nightmare scenario left in the wake of the cities ill managed Hemming Park improvement project. Reeling from the shocking...

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