A Blast From The Past: 1990s Downtown Jacksonville

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Downtown Jacksonville has come a long way over the last thirty years. Today, we go back in time and take a look at the streets of Downtown's Northbank during the early 1990s.


Looking south along North Laura Street from Hemming Park.


The intersection of Main and Monroe streets. Anchored by the 10-story Rhodes Furniture Building, this block was demolished in the early 2000s for the construction of the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library.


The former Center Theatre on West Adams Street. Adjacent to the Florida Life Building, this site will soon become the location of a new Courtyard by Marriott hotel.


This former furniture store and warehouse was demolished for the construction of a parking garage at the northeast corner of Forsyth and Newnan streets.

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Photographs courtesy of the City of Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission.  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 edavis@moderncities.com