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Distinguish Jacksonville: The Great Fire of 1901

In just over eight hours on May 3, 1901, a small fire, started in a LaVilla mattress factory, would sweep through 146 city blocks of Jacksonville, destroying over 2,000 buildings, taking seven lives, and leaving almost 9,000 people homeless in the process.

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Distinguish Jacksonville: Prairie School Architecture

Over time, many cities have left their mark on our architectural landscape. New York has its Brownstones, Charleston the single house, and Chicago School of Architecture in the Windy City. Believe it or not, our own city has earned the right to be mentioned in this conversation.

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Downtown Frankenstein: LaVilla Style

La Villa was once known as the Little Harlem of the South . It was the home to a diverse collection of ethnic establishments, such as the Boston Chop House, a soul food joint known for its trotters swithes (pigs feet and tail) and the Hollywood Music Store. Its decline began with I-95 slicing...

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Jacksonville Municipal Airport Imeson Field

For over 40 years, Jacksonville Municipal Airport Imeson Field was the center of the First Coast?s commercial aviation scene. Jacksonville Municipal Airport Number One opened in 1927, with a dedication that included Charles Lindbergh.

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Downtown Frankenstein: The Riverwalks

Sometimes its best to go back and implement ideas and concepts from abandoned studies for existing projects that never reached their potential, due to not being constructed as originally designed. Our riverwalks would be a great place to start.

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Downtown Frankenstein: 1987 Downtown Initial Action Plan

All too often plans for downtown are just that. They ignore the political, financial or market realities of downtown and end up on the shelf ignored. - Quote from KBJ's Initial Action Plan for Jacksonville's Core Business District - 1987

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Downtown Frankenstein: 1971 Downtown Master Plan

MetroJacksonville uncovers a futuristic plan would bring a smile to the faces of George Jetson, Buck Rogers, Dr. Spock and Chewbacca.

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Special Edition: Predicting the Growth of a Future Metropolis

In this special, the staff of Metro Jacksonville shares a section of the 1931 Jacksonville Master Plan, that predicts how the city would develop, 40 years into the future.

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Downtown Frankenstein

Jacksonville is a city that has been blessed with every possible advantage. Not only is it situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings offered by the planet, but has every reason to be the most powerful economic power of the South.

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Disappearing Brooklyn: Saving What's Left

While the city has big redevelopment plans for Brooklyn, significant buildings that represented the community for the last 100 years are being knocked down in the process. When will Jacksonville learn that once we destroy our historic fabric, it can not be undone?

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