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One Spark Financials 2012-2013

In light of the recent accusations from Shad Khan that the KYN accelerator was charging too much in overhead and not giving enough money to startups, a Metro Jacksonville contributor takes a look at and shares One Spark's 990 financial forms.

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SPARK District Ideas: David Fields' Worcester Rebuttal

Worcester Massachussetts' Plan for an Arts District was passed in 2002 and provided a working example for Jacksonville to consider when planning the SPARK district. 6 years later, David Fields, provided a critical analasis of the failures and successes of the project. Read the unfolding of the Worcester...

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SPARK District Urban Arts Live Work Proposal

When Bill Killingsworth---the brilliant Urban Planner and visionary who created the Mobility Plan--- was piecing together the elements for creating downtown as a bona fide 'arts district' (which came to be called the "SPARK district") one of the most important elements was to provide affordable live/work...

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Jacksonville Food Trucks: New Legislation is Needed

The proposed food truck legislation is being touted as a success. In this op-ed, Arash Kamiar writes why he thinks the legislation is a significant failure and outlines at least six policy initiatives food truckers should want to see implemented.

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APA Florida Conference In Jacksonville This Week

Jacksonville always seems to be moving forward, whether it is through reconstruction, redevelopment, or all together, creating something brand new. An important part of these processes though, is the vision and the planning that goes in to them. So why not get people together, right here, who love to...

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Developer Bullying In Springfield. Explosive Charges

In this recent interview with Billy Motes, a Springfield Landowner, he charges that in 2007, developers worked in concert with Code Enforcement to use City resources to strong-arm property owners into selling at lower sales prices and destroy homes.

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Ability Housing: Q&A With Shannon Nazworth

Ability Housing has been creating miracles for Disabled People and doing some of the most important work amonst the Homeless in Jacksonville. This is a Question and Answer session with the executive director, Shannon Nazworth. Join us after the jump for a look at the inspirational work of this organization.

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Anti-Food Truck Legislation Moving Forward?

According to Councilman Reginald Brown, this legislation was drafted to provide regulation of food trucks; and equally promote the economic growth of both the Mobile Food Vending and established restaurant industries without a negative financial impact to the other. However, will it do this? Take a...

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Revised Fuller Warren Bridge Plans Revealed

In December 2013, Metro Jacksonville was the first to publicly raise questions about the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) plans to widen the Fuller Warren Bridge without including provisions for a pedestrian/cycling crossing between Riverside and San Marco. Well, the extra eye of scrutiny...

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How Education Affects the USA

It has been said that education is the bedrock of society. In this graphic by Top Education Degrees, we take a look at education levels in each state to see just how education affects the states in areas of social and economic importance.

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