Last month we announced our intentions of releasing Metro Jacksonville's first book, about Jacksonville, in early 2012.
About The Book
We've decided to team up with professional freelance photographer Nomeus to share the stories behind 15 historically-significant and forgotten landmarks in Jacksonville.
We'll cover each landmark from the day it opened to the day it closed, and ponder each's future going forward in the 21st century. For example, we'll go as far as exposing Jacksonville's connection with St. Louis' notorious "Dutch Act", explore the history behind a 100-year-old ice cream factory in downtown's forgotten red light district, and detail the lifeline of a major steel foundry that will prove some city records may not be as accurate as currently imagined.
Our hope is that we'll be able to share a hidden, overlooked side of Jacksonville's story to a market that may not be as familiar with the website as our most dedicated readers. Our goal is that a little extra exposure could lead to the preservation, restoration and repurposing of a couple of these landmarks before they become Jacksonville's next surface parking lots. Our tentative plan is to release the final product in Spring 2012.
We asked our readers to suggest a potential title that best describes the general subject matter, and 13 names were submitted. To narrow down the selection process, the submitted titles have been set up to allow our readers to vote for three finalists for consideration:
In the Dark. In the Light. Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Lost (and Found)
Jacksonville: Abandoned and Reclaimed
The Lost City of Jacksonville
Jacksonville: The City that Was
Jacksonville Forgotten but Not Gone: Historic landmarks in the River City by the Sea
Jacksonville "The Lost Old City of the South"
Jacksonville's Crumbling History: Forgotten Landmarks
Jacksonville: Unfulfilled dreams, plans, and expectations
Jacksonville: From Out of the Ashes, a Phoenix Shall Rise
Slumber: A journey into Jacksonville's forgotten glory
Jacksonville: In The Shadows
Article by Ennis Davis.