Jacksonville vs Anchorage: A larger city by land areaAugust 3, 2015 18 comments Print Article
With the help of an original founding member, Metro Jacksonville takes a visit to the downtown of a city that's larger than Jacksonville by land area: Anchorage, Alaska.
Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall
The Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall is a four level enclosed shopping center in the heart of downtown. Anchored by the only JCPenney and Nordstrom stores in Alaska, the 447,000-square-foot mall is owned by the Simon Property Group and opened the same year as the Jacksonville Landing (1987).
The Anchorage Museum originally opened as a 10,000-square-foot museum with a staff of two, featuring borrowed Alaska painting and a collection of historic and ethnographic objects in 1968. In 2010, the museum was expanded to its current configuration of 170,000-square-feet. Now with a staff of 50 and a collection of 25,000 objects and 500,000 photographs, it is located across the street from the 5th Avenue Mall.