Urban Neighborhoods: Springfield

June 3, 2013 27 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Sights and scenes from a tour organized by e2ride Bike Tours and sponsored by Community First through one of Jacksonville's oldest neighborhoods: The 2013 Springfield Home & Garden Tour.

Originally established in 1869, the Springfield Historic District is one of urban Jacksonville's most storied streetcar neighborhoods. Over the last century, nationally known figures such as Truman Capote, Charles Ponzi and Oliver Hardy lived, worked and played in its streets. Jacksonville's zoo was born in its park system, which features a grand promenade along a waterway that limited the spread of the Great Fire of 1901. Once considered to be ground zero for Jacksonville’s poverty and blight by many, it’s now a desired location for those seeking an urban lifestyle.

For 35 years, the Springfield historic district has been showing off it’s unique character, architecture, and pedestrian friendly streetscapes through home tours.  Today, Metro Jacksonville shares sights and scenes from the 2013 Springfield Home & Garden Tour.

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