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Haydon Burns Library: Photo Essay by Erica Barfoot

MetroJacksonville.com is working with Ana Kamiar, MFA, of the Art Institute of Jacksonville to motivate a series of student created photo essays that highlight the people, environment, culture and thoughts of the metro Jacksonville region. This is their response from the lens of student Erica Barfoot:...

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Inside Norman Studios

During this month's 60th anniversary celebration of the Mathews Bridge, Metro Jacksonville took the opportunity to take a look inside the last intact movie studio from early 20th century Jacksonville's silent film era: Norman Studios

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City interested in demolishing Claude Nolan building?

Documents obtained from a Metro Jaxon reveals the City of Jacksonville's interest in demolishing H.J. Klutho's 101-year-old Claude Nolan Cadillac building at 937 North Main Street.

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The Story of Phillips Highway Plaza

The story of Jacksonville's first enclosed shopping mall begins with Austrian-born architect Victor David Gruen. An advocate of prioritizing pedestrians over cars, Gruen is best known today for his pioneering design of shopping malls in the United States. Gruen, who described suburbia as being 'souless"...

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When Downtown Jacksonville Was The Place to Be

During the mid-20th century, the Northbank street scene was quite different from what one would experience today. During the 1950's Downtown Jacksonville was the epicenter of life on the First Coast.

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Lost Jacksonville: Gibbs Corporation Shipyards

Formerly referred to as the epicenter of the "Billion Dollar Mile", the shipyards has become known as a place of dead urban development dreams. Before it was a vacant waterfont parcel, the site was the home of one of Jacksonville's largest companies for more than a century.

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The History of Downtown Jacksonville's Riverwalks

With the proposed reconstruction of the Southbank Riverwalk scheduled this year, it's time to revisit the history behind downtown Jacksonville's riverwalks.

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Lost Jacksonville: The George Washington Hotel

On November 11, 1925, the same month Charles Ponzi's days of selling area swampland to real estate investors were coming to an end, Robert Kloeppel announced his intentions to construct the largest and most magnificent hotel in Jacksonville. Kloeppel, who owned the Flagler Hotel near the train station...

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Jacksonville's Notorious Con Artist: Charles Ponzi

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money or the money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from profit earned by the individual or organization running the operation. Today, Metro Jacksonville briefly highlights the life of the early...

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A Stroll Through Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest fully operating cemetery in Jacksonville, with the first burial occurring in 1881. The Evergreen Cemetery Association was organized in 1910 as a non-profit corporation by a number of people who had family or friends buried there.

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