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LaVilla Shotgun Houses On Verge Of Being Demolished?

Not much is left of Florida's first major urban black neighborhood. Years of urban renewal and haphazard demolition have resulted in a major loss to Jacksonville's cultural heritage and downtown's vibrancy. Now, with an effort to preserve the area's last three shotgun houses drawing opposition from...

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Our History Disappearing Right Before Our Eyes

One by one, elements of Jacksonville's history and cultural heritage continue to disappear. Here's a look at three properties currently facing the wrath of the wrecking ball.

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The Jacksonville Quay

"The creation of the quayage would greatly improve the appearance of the waterfront in that area and would enhance the value of the adjoining property." Florida Times-Union - 1929

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Haydon Burns Library: Photo Essay by Erica Barfoot

MetroJacksonville.com is working with Ana Kamiar, MFA, of the Art Institute of Jacksonville to motivate a series of student created photo essays that highlight the people, environment, culture and thoughts of the metro Jacksonville region. This is their response from the lens of student Erica Barfoot:...

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Inside Norman Studios

During this month's 60th anniversary celebration of the Mathews Bridge, Metro Jacksonville took the opportunity to take a look inside the last intact movie studio from early 20th century Jacksonville's silent film era: Norman Studios

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City interested in demolishing Claude Nolan building?

Documents obtained from a Metro Jaxon reveals the City of Jacksonville's interest in demolishing H.J. Klutho's 101-year-old Claude Nolan Cadillac building at 937 North Main Street.

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The Story of Phillips Highway Plaza

The story of Jacksonville's first enclosed shopping mall begins with Austrian-born architect Victor David Gruen. An advocate of prioritizing pedestrians over cars, Gruen is best known today for his pioneering design of shopping malls in the United States. Gruen, who described suburbia as being 'souless"...

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When Downtown Jacksonville Was The Place to Be

During the mid-20th century, the Northbank street scene was quite different from what one would experience today. During the 1950's Downtown Jacksonville was the epicenter of life on the First Coast.

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Lost Jacksonville: Gibbs Corporation Shipyards

Formerly referred to as the epicenter of the "Billion Dollar Mile", the shipyards has become known as a place of dead urban development dreams. Before it was a vacant waterfont parcel, the site was the home of one of Jacksonville's largest companies for more than a century.

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The History of Downtown Jacksonville's Riverwalks

With the proposed reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk scheduled this year, it's time to revisit the history behind downtown Jacksonville's riverwalks.

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