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May 21, 2024

THE JAXSON | The Chitlin’ Circuit and barbecue in Jacksonville

While the Chitlin’ Circuit is generally recognized for its musical contributions to society, in honor of National Barbecue Month, barbecue…

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May 15, 2024

THE JAXSON | Memory lane: Downtown’s Main Street in 1952

A visual trip back in time through Downtown Jacksonville’s Main Street in 1952.…

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May 8, 2024

THE JAXSON | The year of the Downtown public space

At long last, several high-profile parks in Downtown Jacksonville have opened this year, with more on the way in the…

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April 30, 2024

THE JAXSON | A ride on Brightline

Operating between Miami and Orlando with a goal of potentially expanding to Tampa and Jacksonville, Brightline is the first privately…

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April 23, 2024

THE JAXSON | Neighborhoods: St. Nicholas

A virtual tour of one of Jacksonville’s oldest urban neighborhoods: St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas History Located across the river from…

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April 16, 2024

THE JAXSON | The drive-in theatres of Jacksonville

For 69 years, drive-in movie theaters entertained generations of Jaxsons. Today, their remnants are hard to find in the city’s…

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April 9, 2024

THE JAXSON | 5 Arab American historic sites in LaVilla

Starting with the arrival of the first immigrants in the 1890s, Arab Americans have had a major impact on the…

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April 3, 2024

THE JAXSON | What does ‘withintrification’ look like? Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans is a model for withintrification that can be easily replicated along Jacksonville corridors…

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March 26, 2024

THE JAXSON | 4 influential Jacksonville women of the 19th century

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are four women who were influential in Jacksonville during the 19th century.…

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March 20, 2024

THE JAXSON | The legacy of Eartha Mary Magdalene White

Born in Jacksonville in 1876, Eartha Mary Magdalene White dedicated her life to improving living conditions for the city’s poor…

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March 12, 2024

THE JAXSON | Women’s history: The Rathel houses

Marvel Funderburk Rathel and her husband designed and built some of the most distinctive homes in Jacksonville over a three-decade…

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March 5, 2024

THE JAXSON | The madams of Jacksonville’s red light district

In honor of Women’s History Month, here is a look at Jacksonville’s most well-known madams from LaVilla’s red light district…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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December 12, 2023

THE JAXSON | Cultural heritage trails increasing in popularity

With a cultural heritage trail proposed for Jacksonville’s LaVilla, here are how other cities have honored their historic African American…

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December 5, 2023

THE JAXSON | 5 stories from Riverside’s industrial history

Here are five stories connected to Riverside’s industrial sites and history.…