Sometimes the grass isn't greener on the other side of the fence. 21st century LaVilla is known as a section of downtown that's characterized by blighted surface parking lots and failed dreams of urban renewal. Before it's wholesale demolition in the early 1990s, it was one of the densest neighborhoods in the city. Today, Metro Jacksonville presents a collection of images illustrating the last days of LaVilla.
Looking down West Forsyth Street from Jefferson Street. This block on fire in November 2014.
West Forsyth Street.
The intersection of West Forsyth and Jefferson Streets.
Looking down West Duval Street.
Residences in LaVilla were more impressive than most might image.
Those who believe Jacksonville has never been walkable aren't familiar with LaVilla.