Jacksonville has changed in several ways over the last forty years. Today, we go back in time and take a look at the streets of downtown and surrounding neighborhoods during the early 1970s.
1. Looking north at the intersection of East Forsyth and Main Streets.
2. Looking south, from East Forsyth Street, at the Main Street Bridge. Main Street has not been converted for one-way traffic.
3. Looking at the downtown skyline from the Lee Street viaduct in LaVilla.
4. Aerial view of downtown.
5. A busy downtown street scene before the passage of the sign ordinance.
Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Davis is a certified senior planner and graduate of Florida A&M University. He is the author of the award winning books “Reclaiming Jacksonville,” “Cohen Brothers: The Big Store” and “Images of Modern America: Jacksonville.” Davis has served with various organizations committed to improving urban communities, including the American Planning Association and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. A 2013 Next City Vanguard, Davis is the co-founder of Metro Jacksonville.com and ModernCities.com — two websites dedicated to promoting fiscally sustainable communities — and Transform Jax, a tactical urbanist group. Contact Ennis at email@example.com