While the previous article uses city directories to illustrate the rise and fall of downtown, another effective way to get the point across is the use of historic photographs that correlate with the timeline. The pictures below are intended to give readers a visual image of the rise and fall of downtown Jacksonville from the early 1900's up to the 1970's. (Originally published October 9th, 2006)
1960's - city population: 201,000 (*city's population decrease for the first time in the 20th century)
The Haydon Burns Administration's work, issued in the era of urban renewal in the core. With the city being surpassed in population and importance by other Floridian metropolitan areas, such as Miami and Tampa, leaders eyed the demolition of historic fabric (called blight at city hall) as a positive solution.
Several structures were demolished for this Sears on Bay Street. Nevertheless, even a vast amount of surface parking could keep this place open long term. Today, this site houses the Omni Hotel and Wachovia Bank Tower.