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An Empty Feeling: Inside The Walls Of Downtown

Ever wonder why you're the only one walking down streets that were once full of life and energy around the clock? We tend to talk a great deal about revitalizing downtown, but the result of our actions and priorities over the years show another story. Metro Jacksonville presents a photo tour of the morbid...

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Race and Ethnicity in Urban America

A visual representation of race and ethnicity in Jacksonville and across the United States.

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Rebuild Monroe Street, Why Bother?

Here are five reasons why Monroe Street should not be reconstructed in front of the new Duval County Courthouse.

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Is Jacksonville Ready for an Urban Medical District?

Metro Jacksonville begins the process of looking at certain elements of 2011 mayoral candidate's visions and how they relate to sustainable economic development and urban revitalization. Today, we examine Rick Mullaney's vision to build around Jacksonville's medical industry.

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What To Do With The Shipyards?

The City of Jacksonville will soon be the owner of 44-acres of prime riverfront property. With limited money set aside for capital improvements and a depressed economy, a Columbus, OH project serves as one example of how to move forward with the Shipyards.

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The 1992 Downtown White Paper: The Proposals

The second part of the acclaimed Downtown White Paper of 1992. Produced by a select group of professionals, architects, and gentlemen businessmen, the White Paper confronted the nightmare scenario left in the wake of the cities ill managed Hemming Park improvement project. Reeling from the shocking...

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2030 Mobility Plan: Development Zones

To ensure the creation of a successful multimodal transportation network, the incorporation of complementing land use objectives is a critical objective. Since our community is diverse in terms of neighborhood characteristics, age, building fabric, population density and needs, a location-based approach...

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Downtown: The ThunderLizard Years.

The Thunderlizard Years. In previous articles we have discussed the rise of Jacksonville as a bustling metropolis whose heart and soul, like those of every city before the 20th Century, was located in its hot glowing center. Downtown. Big Shopping Conglomerates, glass enshrined temples of corporate...

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Crumbled Infrastructure: Moncrief Mt. Olive Graveyard

Cemeteries are increasingly becoming a feature of the countries broken infrastructure. Often neglected to the point of ruin, some have become fodder for vandals and even dumping grounds. This is largely because graveyards were traditionally cared for by cemetery associations, and over the years, they...

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Retrofitting Suburbia. Ellen Dunham Jones

Visionary Jacksonville Planning Department Director, Bill Killingsworth, recently brought the meteoric Dunham Jones to speak with our planning department. Ellen Dunham-Jones teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is an award-winning architect and a board member of the Congress...

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