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Analysis and original reporting from the team behind The Jaxson, which is dedicated to urbanism and culture on the First Coast. The Jaxson explores the big issues facing Jacksonville in the modern era of urban growth, with a look at today's development in the context of yesterday's history. The Jaxson is a partnership of Modern Cities and WJCT Public Media.
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February 27, 2024

THE JAXSON | Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor’s 5 largest metropolitan areas

The Gullah Geechee are descended from African ancestors who arrived through the slave trade and settled from St. Augustine up to North Carolina.

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February 20, 2024

OPINION | Southbank storage units are a bad deal

After repeated attempts, against significant community opposition, a self-storage proposal for a prime corner in Downtown’s Southbank is back.

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February 13, 2024

THE JAXSON | Neighborhoods: Barnett’s Subdivision

Barnett’s Subdivision is a small neighborhood within the larger Durkeeville community that has a very rich history.

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February 6, 2024

THE JAXSON | 6 Black cultural heritage sites to visit in town

In honor of Black History Month, here are six historic African American cultural heritage destinations in Jacksonville to visit.

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January 30, 2024

OPINION | James Weldon Johnson Park redesign must be informed by Bryant Park’s success

We risk backing ourselves into another 50-year corner if we don’t learn from our past and our peers and again overdesign James Weldon Johnson Park.

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January 23, 2024

THE JAXSON | 5 Jacksonville attractions that don’t exist anymore

Here is a trip down memory lane, highlighting five major Jacksonville area attractions that don’t exist anymore.

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January 16, 2024

OPINION | Changing the urban landscape in 2024

In 2024, here are four trends that could permanently change urban Jacksonville for the better.

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January 9, 2024

THE JAXSON | 6 historical facts about Lake Forest

Located five miles northwest of Downtown, Lake Forest has a history and built environment shaped by housing booms, bubbles and busts.

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January 2, 2024

THE JAXSON | Jacksonville’s oldest surviving skyscrapers

Atlantic National Bank Building (121 Atlantic Place), 121 W. Forsyth St. Year Completed: 1909 Height: 109 feet / 10 stories 121 Atlantic Place was originally constructed for the Atlantic National Bank in 1909. The 10-story building was Jacksonville’s tallest until 1912. Founded by Edward W. Lane, Thomas P. Denham, and Fred W. Hoyt in 1903, the Atlantic National Bank was

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December 19, 2023

OPINION | Rail funding is coming – is Jacksonville paying attention? 

Jacksonville’s entry into the federal rail corridor program is a chance for the city to seize its transportation future. Local leaders must get on board.

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