Blighted Jacksonville: 1970s Style


The 1970s weren't the best era for America's cities and the scene in Jacksonville was not an exception. Outside of downtown, unpaved streets, industrial blight, overgrown lots, unchecked sprawl and declining established neighborhoods were quite the norm. Here's a look at the not-so-glamourous side of Jacksonville's past.

Published April 27, 2015 in History - MetroJacksonville.com


1. Mount Herman Elementary School in Durkeeville


2. Caroline Street and Broad Street (present day FSCJ Downtown Campus)


3. Emmet Reed Center in Durkeeville


4. 16th Street and Jupiter Avenue in New Springfield


5. S-Line railroad tracks near Davis in Sugar Hill




6. Spruce Street and Jackson Street in Brooklyn


7. 13th Street near the new Stanton High School in Durkeeville


8. Forest Street and Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn


9. Price Street and Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn


10. Riverside Avenue and Rosselle Street in Brooklyn




11. The Southbank's Treaty Oak Park


12. Post Street and King Street in Riverside


13. 15th Street and St. Clair Street in Allendale


14. Palafox Street near 13th Street in Durkeeville


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16. Amazon Avenue & Lucoma Drive in Pickettville


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21. Beach at Emerson Street Expressway


22. Ocean and Forsyth in Downtown


23. Hogans Creek between Springfield and Sugar Hill


24. San Jose Boulevard


25. A study from 1970 on improving the Phoenix neighborhood. Still waiting 45 years later for implementation....


26. Aerial of NE section of Springfield Historic District


27. The new 20th Street Expressway at Liberty Street in New Springfield


28. Springfield railyard between Springfield and Phoenix


29. Map showing urban core and suburbs in 1970.


30. Incompatible land uses were the norm for working class Jacksonville neighborhoods.




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32. Clark Street in Springfield


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34. Julia and Orange Streets (present day FSJC Downtown campus)


35. Houston Street in LaVilla


36. 5th Street and Francis Street in Durkeeville


37. Chenango Boulevard in Pickettville


38. Park and Dancy Streets in Avondale


39. Avondale Shopping Center (St. Johns Avenue) in Avondale


40. Roosevelt Boulevard




41. Beach Boulevard


42. Beach and Atlantic in St. Nicholas


43. University Boulevard and Philips Highway


44. Train blocks University Boulevard just west of Philips Highway


45. Herring Road and Belford Road mobile home park in Tiger Hole


46. Abandoned truck on Acme Street in Arlington


47. Arlington Road and University Boulevard in Arlington


48. Merrill and Cesery in Arlington


49. Blight in Talleyrand


50. Soutel and Kings near Sherwood Forest




51. 1st Street South and 3rd Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach


52. Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach


53. 1st Street South & 4th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach


54. Atlantic Boulevard (Beaches Town Center)


55. Phelps and Ionia in the Springfield



Source: Jacksonville Area Planning Board - 1970

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com


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