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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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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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New Town Success Zone Five Years Later

After Five Years, Has Jacksonville’s New Town Success Zone Made a Difference? James B. Crooks, University of North Florida professor emeritus, author of two books on Jacksonville history and past chair of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, takes a look.

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Retooling Detroit: What Can Jacksonville Learn?

What can urban Jacksonville learn from grass roots revitalization efforts in Detroit? For decades Detroit has been a poster child of the misfiring american dream but amid block after block of post-industrial decline there are signs that motor city is jump-starting its economy. Years of under investment...

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Metro Jacksonville Book Wins Award

The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission has notified Metro Jacksonville, that its recently released book, Cohen Brothers: The Big Store, will be the recipient of a 2013 Preservation Award. Cohen Brothers: The Big Store, shares the history of Jacksonville's department store industry and major...

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