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6 Lost Districts of Downtown Jacksonville

A district is defined as an area of a country or city, regarded as a distinct unit because of a particular characteristic. In an era where the pedestrian was king in Jacksonville, downtown was loaded with distinct districts-- many of which are no longer with us. Here are a few lost districts that you...

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Jacksonville Beach 1970s

A look at Jacksonville Beach during the 1970s.

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Blighted Jacksonville: 1970s Style

The 1970s weren't the best era for America's cities and the scene in Jacksonville was not an exception. Outside of downtown, unpaved streets, industrial blight, overgrown lots, unchecked sprawl and declining established neighborhoods were quite the norm. Here's a look at the not-so-glamourous side of...

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5 Downtown Department Stores that Don't Exist Anymore

Five flagship downtown department stores that don't exist anymore.

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A Blast From The Past: 1970s Jacksonville

Jacksonville has changed in several ways over the last forty years. Today, we go back in time and take a look at the streets of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods during the early 1970s.

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5 Forgotten Facts About Jax

Some say we forget over time because new experiences overwrite connections to old memories. However, those old memories remain buried down in there. Here's 5 forgotten interesting facts from Jacksonville's past.

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Creating a Timeline: Through Photographs

While the previous article uses city directories to illustrate the rise and fall of downtown, another effective way to get the point across is the use of historic photographs that correlate with the timeline. The pictures below are intended to give readers a visual image of the rise and fall of downtown...

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Discovering the Psychogeography of Jacksonville

Metro Jacksonville's Major Stephenson interviews Jacksonville's Dr. Tim Gilmore. Dr. Gilmore has taken it upon himself to learn the deep, rich history Jacksonville has loosely buried and in return shares it through his created website (www.jaxpsychogeo.com/) and published work such as, In Search of Eartha...

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The Last Days of LaVilla

Sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence. 21st century LaVilla is known as a section of downtown that's characterized by blighted surface parking lots and failed dreams of urban renewal. Before it's wholesale demolition in the early 1990s, it was one of the densest neighborhoods...

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A Blast From The Past: 1990s Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville has come a long way over the last twenty years. Today, we go back in time and take a look at the streets of Downtown's Northbank during the early 1990s.

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