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The Rise and Decline of Gateway Mall

As more modern facilities are developed across the country, many mid-20th century enclosed shopping malls are in a state of decline due to retailers abandoning these properties for new development. Many of these “dead malls” fail to attract new business and often sit unused for many years until restoration...

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Jacksonville History: Setzer's & Pic N' Save Drugs

Metro Jacksonville shares the history of the rise and fall of two major Jacksonville companies founded by Lithuanian immigrant and former Springfield resident, Benjamin Setzer: Setzer's Supermarkets and Pic N' Save Drugs.

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Lost Jacksonville: Milligan's Beefy Burgers

Metro Jacksonville looks back at a long lost Jacksonville institution: Milligan's Beefy Burgers

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5 Reasons for Jacksonville's Smell

Central Florida papers once described Jacksonville as an industrial city that sweats, and pretty much smells that way. This is a city that could use a shot of municipal-strength deodorant. On the other hand, local advocates countered that the city's rotten egg stench was the "smell of money". Here's...

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Before and After: Downtown Jacksonville Retail

For much of the 20th century, downtown Jacksonville's Northbank was the premier urban shopping district in Florida. Here's a before and after look at spaces that were once key attractions of a forgotten retail era in the city's history.

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The Ghosts of Green Cove Springs

What do treasure hunting trips, hovercrafts, ferries, space exploration, and vintage rail cars have to do with one another? All are forgotten relics that combine to make up the afterlife of an abandoned World War II era air base. Bullet of Abandoned Florida shares imagery of one of the state's most interesting...

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Abandoned Florida: The Claude Nolan Cadillac Building

Bullet of Abandoned Florida provides us with a rare look inside one of Florida's first automobile dealerships: The Claude Nolan Cadillac Building

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Inside the abandoned Duval County Armory building

Bullet of Abandoned Florida provides us with a rare look inside one of downtown Jacksonville's most majestic abandoned buildings: The Duval County Armory

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7 buildings that don't look as good as they once did

Be careful the next time you curse a building as a bad piece of architecture. Sometimes looks aren't always what they seem. Here's seven downtown Jacksonville buildings that have been modified beyond recognition. With a little hope, it may be possible to restore a few back to their original grandeur.

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Then and now: The evolution of Jax's neighborhoods

A brief visual glimpse of the evolution of select neighborhoods throughout Jacksonville.

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