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Inspiration Station:Patrick Evans McMillan

Trash and urban blight have become interlinked, with one, usually preceding the other. One famous, local musician has made it his passion to change the landscape. Read about the awesome thing he does after the jump!

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The State of Downtown Jacksonville

Is downtown making a comeback? Take a look for yourself. Here's Downtown Vision's latest State of Downtown report.

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Inspiration Station: Arthur Smith III

Overloaded with bad news baggage? Refresh, regroup and reconnect with those in our community improving the experience on the journey of life. We present the first of a series of spotlights on positive people in the community presented by Chelleby Starr and Jessica Watson Nelson. Today, meet Young Arthur...

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How Jax Compares: The Different Faces of Density

Density comes in all shapes, forms and sizes. Here's how some of Jacksonville's most popular neighborhoods compare in density with select walkable neighborhoods in well known American cities.

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The DIA's Vision for Downtown Jacksonville

This 10-page public brochure does a nice job of condensing a copious amount of information into an easy to read template. Specifically, it discusses the individual sections (8) of the Downtown Investment Authority's (DIA) Community Redevelopment Plan, outlines the initiatives designed to impact downtown...

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Five Lessons for Jacksonville to Bring Retail Downtown

Recently, a panel at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers offered a list of important points that cities like Jacksonville need to consider when trying to establish retail districts downtown. Here's a few lessons for Jacksonville based off a story by Andrew Keatts of the Kinder Institute...

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New Penn Study Finds that Building Remediation Works.

PHILADELPHIA – Fixing up abandoned buildings in the inner city doesn’t just eliminate eyesores, it can also significantly reduce crime and violence, including gun assaults, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine report in the first study to demonstrate...

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Jacksonville in 1930

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.

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The Forgotten Rivers of Jacksonville

The St. Johns River isn't the only river in the River City! Today, Metro Jacksonville's Kristen Pickrell takes a look at Jacksonville's other rivers, while sharing interesting facts about each.

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Lenny Curry's Vision For Jacksonville

Soon Lenny Curry will officially become the new Mayor of Jacksonville. Many wonder what's Curry's vision for our city. Here's Curry's vision to restore Jacksonville to greatness.

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