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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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JAX 2025: Calling all Visioneers!

The Jacksonville Community Council's (JCCI) community-owned initiative destined to create an implementable shared vision for Jacksonville moves to the next stage this weekend. This session will focus on creating strategies to implement the vision. Here's a message about Saturday's event from the JCCI.

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Strong Urban Cores Promote Socializing in the City

A University of Utah study suggests that urban sprawl impedes social interactions within cities.

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Losing Springfield Plastics

Springfield Plastics, built in 1922 and located on small commercial strip of Pearl Street, has become a building in need of protection. Its story is the same with many commercial properties in Springfield -- once proud structures which provided jobs and products for the neighborhood, now stand vulnerable...

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For and Against: The Mobility Fee Moratorium (2013-094)

In what is shaping up to be a battle of David and Goliath, Metro Jacksonville continues to stand up to big business interests to illustrate how a three year moratorium (2013-094) on the mobility fee places Jacksonville's taxpayers in a bad financial position. Today, we respond to pro moratorium talking...

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DVI: Existing Mobility Plan Benefits Downtown

According to Downtown Vision's advocacy blog, the mobility plan should be allowed to run its course. Today, Metro Jacksonville shares DVI's position on Councilman Clark's proposed mobility plan moratorium and why they believe it would detract from Downtown revitalization efforts.

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Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses

the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides us with their top ten reasons to support locally owned businesses.

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Bill Killingsworth Headed To Tallahassee

Bill Killingsworth, Jacksonville's former planning director and father of the 2030 Mobility Plan, will become the Director of Community Development at the State of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

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