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October 19, 2021

Opinion: Take ‘Em Down

“I’m never living in the South again.”  This is what my mother says to me often. A New Orleans native who fled the muggy bayou for Chicago at the tail end of The Great Migration in 1970 has no desire to return to the soil that birthed her. Neither to live in New Orleans or to move permanently to Florida

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October 18, 2021

Opinion: At least the politicians are still recyclable

Problems are plaguing the city of Jacksonville’s recycling drop sites, and Mayor Lenny Curry’s Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes got an earful about it at the last City Council meeting. In response to the grilling from Council members, Hughes pointed out that the mayor’s office did not foresee people taking trash to the recycling drop sites.  He also told them

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October 14, 2021

Opinion: Are Jax Democrats’ fears of taking risks holding them back?

For those who wondered about how their City Council districts were drawn, the ongoing redistricting process shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Politics in 2029 in Duval County will, at least on the City Council level, look like they did in 2019 or 2009. You’re going to see Republican domination. That’s despite Democrats’ holding

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October 12, 2021

Opinion: The future of Bay Street depends on ‘clustering’

In city planning, clustering is part of what we at The Jaxson like to call the “Three C’s”: the clustering of complementing uses in compact, walkable settings — and it’s helped guide successful urban revivals in communities of all sizes across the world. 

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