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)
1970's - city population: 504,000
This picture of Ocean Street, during the 1970's represents the decline of downtown's importance as the epicenter of the First Coast. Sidewalks, once littered with pedestrians only have parking meters and occassional vehicles to keep them company. During this period, with downtown clearly on the decline, city leaders formed a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to come up with a plan to turn the business district's fortune around.
NEXT: DOWNTOWN FRANKENSTEIN: THE FAMED 1971 MASTER PLAN
PART 1: INTRODUCTION: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/214/68/
PART 2: THE BEGINNING: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/220/68/
PART 3: REMEMBERING THE PAST: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/219/68/
PART 4: CREATING A TIMELINE: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/content/view/226/68/