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 -

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


16. Amazon Avenue & Lucoma Drive in Pickettville





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.


32. Clark Street in Springfield


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

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