Jacksonville's Next Historic District: Brooklyn?

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One of Jacksonville's oldest African-American urban neighborhoods, Brooklyn was platted shortly after the Civil War by Miles Price, a Confederate veteran, in 1868. Unfortunately, with its buildings coming down one by one, it's slowly disappearing from existence. Now, if the Jacksonville Historic Commission has their way, a few blocks of the neighborhood will become Jacksonville's next historic district.




Gone But Not Forgotten

Metro Jacksonville has featured numerous articles about Brooklyn since coming online in 2006. One by one, buildings pictured in previous articles have disappeared from the urban landscape for various reasons.  The establishment of a small historic district is an attempt to save a slice of the neighborhood's history before it's gone for good. Here are a few Brooklyn buildings photographed in previous Metro Jacksonville articles that no longer exist today.


Only two residences remain on the block of Spruce Street where this home stood in 2006.



This row of Elm Street shotgun houses is now down to one.



The Mount Moriah church (right) was demolished in anticipation for Miles Development's Brooklyn Park in 2007. Brooklyn Park never got off the ground, leaving a vacant overgrown lot in its place. Encore Tampa, a similar redevelopment project on the edge of downtown Tampa took another route. Instead of complete site demolition, a similar sized church (left) was preserved, becoming a new African American history museum anchoring the development's central park.


Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com



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