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Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel

On November 11, 1925, the same month Charles Ponzi's days of selling area swampland to real estate investors were coming to an end, Robert Kloeppel announced his intentions to construct the largest and most magnificent hotel in Jacksonville. Kloeppel, who owned the Flagler Hotel near the train station...

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Jacksonville's Notorious Con Artist: Charles Ponzi

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. Today, Metro Jacksonville briefly highlights the life of the early...

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A Stroll Through Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest fully operating cemetery in Jacksonville, with the first burial occurring in 1881. The Evergreen Cemetery Association was organized in 1910 as a non-profit corporation by a number of people who had family or friends buried there.

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What to do with LaVilla?

The recent scquabble between the Mayor's Office and Jerry Holland over the need to construct an $8 million Supervisor of Elections office/warehouse complex near the Ritz Theatre has overlooked the question of if such a project is even worthy for this historically significant area. For those who question...

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Jax Pop Up History Uncovers Untold Stories

Tap into history Wednesday, December 12 at Intuition Ale Works starting at 7 pm. Jax Pop Up History is a series of events designed to bring attention to the forgotten history buried in our own back yard. Watch as little known historical events come alive before your very eyes.

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Book Review: Cohen Brothers The Big Store

Classifying himself as a silver-hair residing in Atlantic Beach, Michael Hoffmann provides us with a review of Metro Jacksonville's Cohen Brothers The Big Store.

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Lost Jacksonville: McCoys Creek

Today, McCoys Creek is a contaminated afterthought waterway known more for flooding North Riverside residents and businesses. 82 years ago, along with Hogans Creek, it was Jacksonville's answer to the City Beautiful Movement of the early 20th century. Join Metro Jacksonville, as we share the story...

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Visions of Yesteryear: The 1971 Downtown Master Plan

This is the redevelopment plan that started it all. MetroJacksonville brings to you the first of several competing visions of the city in the era of Downtown Demolition. Read it and give us your thoughts on the outcomes and even the unintended consequences of the 1971 Master Plan.

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Lost Jacksonville: A Slice of the Midwest

Jacksonville's urban core is full of forgotten sites that were significant at one point in time. Today, Metro Jacksonville shares the history of Moncrief's Seaboard Allied Milling Corporation, which was the first flour mill constructed in Florida.

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Jacksonville City Hall Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Now occupied by Jacksonville City Hall, one of the city's most revered architectural masterpieces, the St. James Building, celebrates its century old anniversary of its opening as Cohen Brothers Department Store. A special anniversary exhibit and program by Dr. Wayne Wood, City Council President Bill...

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