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Are we ready for Urban Entertainment?

The city has designated Bay Street as the urban core's entertainment district. Will the free market follow suit or does another area of the inner city have the necessary ingredients?

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Incentives for Green Buildings in Jacksonville?

The Environmental Protection Board has drafted a Green Building Ordinance which will offer incentives to projects that have made a commitment to building responsibly. Do you think local incentives should be given for green projects?

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Central Florida's thirst threatens the St Johns River

Central Florida's unmanaged growth is now threatening the health of the St Johns River in North Florida.

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Annie Lytle gets a new Roof

The endangered Annie Lytle now has a new neighbor to protect her from the rain.

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The S-Line Urban Greenway

Despite its potential to serve as a vital link in a rail transit system for Jacksonville, the city is agressively moving forward with converting this abandoned rail corridor into a recreational trail.

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Ten Reasons to Save Fire Station Five

History is the conscience of our society. Those who fail to understand the past are condemned to repeat its errors. Fire Station No. 5 has been an intergal part of our community since 1910, but now it is on the chopping block for another parking lot. Here are 10 reasons why it should remain right where...

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(KBJ) Keeping Back Jacksonville: Before and After

Its been a few months since KBJ architects destroyed the First Baptist Church. Metro Jacksonville takes a look at the past and exposes what the site looks like today.

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Where's Ours?

No matter the size, both big and small, cities across America are finding ways to bring signage to the streets of downtown. What's up with us?

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Five Cheap Things to Help Fix Downtown

When city officials get together to talk downtown revitalization, they usually come up with big dollar projects such as convention centers, pocket parks, and shopping malls. The topics de jour for downtown are generally projects that look good at a press conference and give the appearance that real...

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Peytons Pocket Park Disaster

Seventeen months ago, Metro Jacksonville began warning the Mayor's office that their plan for a pocket park on Main Street was not well thought out and had several serious design flaws that would impede its success. The mayor himself vowed to look into the issue to determine if our concerns held...

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