What if Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up? Part I


Some say, Jacksonville is a diamond that wants to remain coal. What would it be like if Jacksonville were a city that didn't hate itself... led by people who acknowledged its achievements? Here are a few things that possibly would have happened in New York, Rome, London Paris, Seattle, or San Francisco if the leaders that made them into Great Cities had been given our city and history.

Published March 28, 2013 in Opinion - MetroJacksonville.com


George Washington Hotel



The George Washington Hotel on Adams Street, would be the premier boutique hotel in downtown, instead of the surface parking lot it is today.

For more on the spectacular hotels of our past check out the full article.  


Jacksonville's musicians



The Southern Music Hall of Fame would be open and full to capacity somewhere in downtown. Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers would have exhibits there and all the music aficionados would know a history of the Southern music and the Jacksonville music scene.

Article: A Brief History of Jacksonville Music



Ray Charles


Genovar's Hall, the bar where Ray Charles performed.

A statue of Ray Charles would stand in the perfectly preserved and popular bar where he first played soul piano and blues in the South.

Article: Jacksonville's Sugar Hill

Black Filmmakers



There would be another museum of Black Film commemorating the achievements of black filmmakers here in Jacksonville. Norman Studios, for example, is responsible for producing multiple films starring and featuring black actors.


Article: Jacksonville's Silent Film Industry


Jacksonville companies headquartered downtown



Peterbrookes, The Loop Pizza and Winn Dixie would all have gigantic headquarters in the center of town that rivaled the marooned Cruise Ship of a Building that Preston Haskell's company erected to itself on Riverside Avenue. There would be standing lines for tours of Sally Industry.



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