Ennis Davis
Ennis Davis, AICP is an urban planner and co-owner of The Jaxson and Modern Cities. A civic activist dedicated to improving communities, Ennis is also vice president of membership services and outreach for the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, a Florida Trust for Historic Preservation trustee, Groundwork Jacksonville board member, and author of award-winning books Reclaiming JacksonvilleCohen Brothers: The Big Store and Images of Modern America: Jacksonville. He holds a bachelor’s of architecture degree from Florida A&M University. Reach Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com.
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September 13, 2022

The 7 historic districts of Jacksonville

Founded in 1822, Jacksonville is home to 107 properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of this number, seven are officially recognized as National Register historic districts. The most recent addition, the campus of Edward Waters University, was listed on the National Register on Aug. 8th of this year. Here is a look into the history

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August 23, 2022

8 Jacksonville industrial heritage sites ripe for tourism

Industrial tourism — visiting places linked to the industries most common in a particular place — is a growing interest among travelers. It could be tailor-made for Jacksonville, where diverse industries like shipping, lumber, coffee, cigars and many more have shaped our history and heritage. What is industrial tourism? While internationally known for tourism, according to the First Coast Manufacturers

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August 9, 2022

6 Jacksonville day trips

There’s a lot to do in the Jacksonville area, and even more within a short drive. With summer winding down, here’s a look at six places with authentic charm that make for great day trips from Jacksonville. Alexander Springs One of the most underrated things about Florida is its abundance of natural springs. Jacksonville is within a one- to two-hour

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August 2, 2022

6 Downtown projects now under construction

Though largely happening in the outskirts, new construction is happening in Downtown Jacksonville. Here’s a look at six projects moving forward now. Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Developer: Iguana Investments Address: Metropolitan Park The new development centered on the Four Seasons Hotel Jacksonville is scheduled to break ground later this year on the former grounds of Metropolitan Park on the

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July 12, 2022

Jacksonville’s surviving historic theaters

The Jaxson Magazine takes a look into the history of Jacksonville’s nine oldest surviving theaters.

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July 5, 2022

7 coffee concepts headed to town

With the coffee industry expected to grow annually by 4.32% and proving to be recession-proof throughout the pandemic, Jacksonville has become a coffee-drinking expansion market. Here are seven coffee chains aggressively targeting Jacksonville for expansion. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Bitty & Beau’s Coffee was founded in 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina, by Amy and Ben Wright. Parents of children born

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June 21, 2022

Opinion: Resolving the Downtown self-storage wars

Developers want to lift a ban on self-storage facilities in Downtown Jacksonville, but building such facilities could stifle streets and create dead space.

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June 14, 2022

3 alternatives to demolishing 618 West Adams Street

A building possibly directly linked to the Great Fire of 1901 in LaVilla could be demolished soon. Here are a few reasons why Jacksonville should not rush to approve a demolition request, and three alternatives to knocking down the building: 618 West Adams Street history Adjacent to the Downtown Northbank, LaVilla is one of Jacksonville’s oldest Gullah Geechee communities. Named

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June 7, 2022

5 moments that shaped Jacksonville history

As Jacksonville celebrates its 200th birthday this week, here are five moments that made the city what it is today: 1861-65: The Civil War and emancipation Though part of Confederate Florida, Jacksonville was a hotbed of Unionist sentiment throughout the Civil War, Many prominent citizens and virtually all Black Americans supported the Union effort. Union forces occupied Jacksonville four times

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May 24, 2022

Uncovering Jewish heritage sites in Jacksonville

May is recognized as Jewish American Heritage Month. Jacksonville has a long Jewish history, with a Jewish community dating as far back as the mid-19th Century. Paying tribute to the generations of individuals and families who helped shape the city’s history, culture and society, here are a few historic sites and businesses related to the contributions of the city’s Jewish

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