Twelve years after we first started publishing hyperlocal, urban-focused content in Jacksonville, Metro Jacksonville is throwing in the towel. As of July 9, the site as you know it will be no more. Our articles have been returned to their original creators. We couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve done, the community we’ve built, and the progress we’ve seen in this city, but it’s time for a change.
We also have some exciting news: several Metro Jacksonville regulars are launching a new website dedicated to urbanism and culture on Florida’s First Coast. The Jaxson, produced by Modern Cities in association with WJCT Public Broadcasting, goes live Monday, July 9.
The Jaxson will continue Modern Cities’ focus on urbanism on a hyperlocal level, taking a street-view look at Jacksonville and the First Coast. Through a combination of detailed analysis, innovative storytelling, and original reporting, the Jaxson explores the big issues facing Jacksonville in the modern era of urban growth. Stories cover development, culture, history, and neighborhood issues from the city’s Urban Core and all across the Northeast Florida region. The ambitious project will also include weekly segments on 89.9 WJCT-FM and offer live, interactive events for those interested in the future of the city.
The Metro Jacksonville team is pleased to report that much of our historic content and photo archive will find a new home at The Jaxson. The forums will remain as well. Soon, the Metro Jacksonville forums and all the old content will be integrated with the new site. Stay tuned for more updates coming in the near future.
The team behind The Jaxson - Ennis Davis, Bill Delaney, Mike Field, Kelsi Hasden, and Dan Herbin - are five Jacksonville residents with a variety of professional backgrounds, including urban planning, English studies, web development, and tactical urbanism. The team has decades of collective experience writing about and promoting urban issues in print and on the web.
“Jaxson is a traditional term for someone from Jacksonville,” said editor-in-chief Ennis Davis. “Fittingly, our new website the Jaxson will be a place for all those interested in learning about the city’s past and present, and who want a part in shaping its future.”