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It's Time to Welcome Uber to Jacksonville

Our taxi system is inefficient, unreliable and sometimes unpleasant. A new competitor called Uber is poised to enter the Jacksonville market with the aim of improving quality, efficiency and provide consumers with better choices. The only problem? The City of Jacksonville doesn’t allow for their...

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Robert Montgomerie: Why Alternative Media Is Important

Watching a little TV here and there, it's hard not to see that the corporate media knows it is having a harder time selling the war in Syria and other objectives the status quo has. This is why we're starting to see more action without consensus in this country. Newspaper, radio, and television has always...

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Robert Montgomerie: Is Gentrification Really So Great?

On MetroJacksonville.com recently Stephen Dare posed a very important question, "Is it really 'historic preservation' if the only thing you want to preserve are the wealthy old districts for wealthy new residents?" I was glad to see that someone asked that question as I've often wondered that myself...

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Deliberate Hemming Park Neglect and DeAmenitization

"Any changes to Hemming Plaza would occur only after collaboration and discussion with City Council, the Downtown Investment Authority and other stakeholders. There is no action under way and has been no decision to proceed as described in your email, although the City of Jacksonville could obviously...

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Net Worth of Jax Council Members

Every year all elected officials in Florida are required to submit a "Financial Disclosure Form". This form breaks down the official's assets, liabilities and sources of income. It's purpose is to keep officials transparent about where their monetary interests exist.

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The Scope and Results of European City Planning 1909

Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. whose father was the designer of Central Park in New York City and whose firm would go on to design Memorial Park in Riverside in 1924 and the soon to be restored Cummer Olmsted Gardens in 1931 was a speaker at the fateful National Conference on City Planning in Washington DC....

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Nathan Beford Forrest High: Time For a Name Change

There is a new fight to change the name of Nathan Beford Forrest High School being organized by Professor Stoll. Robert Montgomerie weighs in on why this is important and reflects on the almost inexplicable history behind a high school being named after the founder of the Klan.

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2012 State Of Downtown Jacksonville Report Released

Did you know that downtown Jacksonville is home to 90 restaurants and 30 bars? Have you ever wondered how many people really live or work in downtown? Perhaps you have a desire to see a list of all proposed downtown development projects? You'll find the answers to these questions, general statistics...

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Why Was Alvin Brown's Pension Reform a Bad Deal?

The idea of pension reform in Jacksonville for civil service is something that should have been done ten years ago. Former mayors such as John Peyton wanted to reform pensions so why didn't it get done? There are many factors that is holding back pension reform and much of it has to do with egos and...

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Instead of Corporations, Why Not Invest in People?

Should we be investing in people instead of corporations? Progressive Editorialist Robert Montgomery suggests it may be time for a change in our priorities.

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