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New Battle for a Human Rights Ordinance in Jacksonville

"Who are we to to deny basic human rights to any person? When did it become acceptable to make basic liberties exclusive to only those we choose to grant them to?" Robert Montgomery weighs in on the new effort to pass a Human Rights Ordinance in Jacksonville

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JAXPORT: The Numbers Aren't What You Think They Are!

A report by The Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives at University of North Florida's Department of Sociology and Anthropology suggests economic and job creation numbers at JAXPORT may be misleading to the general public. Here is a snippet from that report and link back to the full document.

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Mayor Creates Retirement Reform Task Force

Mayor Alvin Brown's recently announced 11-member retirement reform task force will meet for the first time today to review the City's proposed public safety pension reform agreement. With this in mind, here is a copy of the retirement reform power point presentation that was made to the City Council...

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Jacksonville's libraries should not be closed!

A Jacksonville resident reaches out to Metro Jacksonville to share his concerns about the possible closing of several public library branch locations across the city.

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Jacksonville Mapped by Childhood Obesity

The Trust for Public Land has produced a map highlighting areas of Jacksonville that are struggling with excessive childhood obesity rates. Is your neighborhood on the list?

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Redevelopment Strategies: "Niching"

Niching (pronounced "Nee Shing") is a powerful form of Clustering that is employed both intentionally as well as accidentally whenever one thinks of a "District". Using the Niching Strategy creates a Community of Interests, or an area which draws people to it because of a common interest that unites...

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Losing Springfield

Two houses – each over 100 years old – have been lost in Springfield within the last thirty days. These are called "emergency" demolitions - although as anyone who has driven down East 2nd street will testify - nothing much has changed with the structures in years. No new emergency situations...

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Forum Seeks to Save Silver Springs and the St. Johns

Tonight, experts will address threats to Silver Springs and the St. Johns River in a panel discussion that will be held at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk. Here is a look at the forum's official press release.

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National study claims Jacksonville's parks need help

According to the Trust for Public Land, the City of Jacksonville needs significant improvement in providing park access to its residents. Here's a look at the Trust for Public Land's annual ParkScore ranking of the park systems in America's 50 largest cities.

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Episode One of "Why We Cant Have Nice Things"

Metrojacksonville launches its first episode of a new feature examining the kind of crazy way that counterproductive and appalling stuff happens in Jville. This Week: Hemming Park. Join Joshua Taylor and Amanda Morales for a painful chuckle after the jump!

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