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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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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.…

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November 28, 2023

THE JAXSON | 7 ‘Harlems of the South’ including LaVilla

Nearly every city of significant size in the South claims their version of Jacksonville’s LaVilla was the “Harlem of the…

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November 21, 2023

THE JAXSON | The First Coast of funk

As hip hop celebrates 50 years, let’s take a look at the First Coast’s place in that history. The Jacksonville…

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November 14, 2023

THE JAXSON | Jacksonville in the 1870s

A collection of historic photos from stereoscopic postcards that capture Jacksonville’s atmosphere during the 1870s.…

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November 7, 2023

THE JAXSON | The Ribault River’s history

Located 5 miles northwest of Downtown, the scenic Ribault River is a waterway where one can experience the incremental development…

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October 31, 2023

THE JAXSON | 5 restaurants coming to Downtown

Downtown’s culinary scene continues to grow. Here are five restaurant concepts headed to Jacksonville’s central business district.…

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October 24, 2023

THE JAXSON | Jaxlore: The ‘humanzee’ of Orange Park

Orange Park was once home to one of the largest chimpanzee research centers, birthing the strange legend that a “humanzee”…

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October 17, 2023

THE JAXSON | The history of Jacksonville’s Moncrief neighborhood

Known as the District of Soul, Moncrief is a historic neighborhood located a few miles northwest of Downtown Jacksonville. Here…

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October 10, 2023

THE JAXSON | 13 historic Eastside photographs

A photographic journey into the history of Jacksonville’s Eastside, one of its oldest urban neighborhoods and now home to the…

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October 3, 2023

THE JAXSON | 6 major urban core housing developments coming outside of Downtown

Downtown isn’t the only urban core neighborhood in Jacksonville where large infill development projects are under construction.…

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September 26, 2023

THE JAXSON | Getting to know the Edward Waters University historic district

Part of Edward Waters University was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year. These 6 buildings make…

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September 19, 2023

THE JAXSON | 9 Hispanic Jax history facts

here are nine stories that suggest Hispanic influence on the development and culture of Jacksonville is just as old as…

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September 12, 2023

THE JAXSON | 4 mass transit projects comparable to the U2C in price

Here are 4 mass transit projects that were recently completed for a similar cost per mile to Jacksonville’s proposed Skyway…

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September 5, 2023

THE JAXSON | A trip down memory lane: LaVilla

For more than a century, the neighborhood of LaVilla was the epicenter of African American culture, entertainment and commerce in…

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August 30, 2023

OPINION | Time to cut bait on JTA’s driverless Skyway replacement

There are other options for public transit that are cheaper, carry more passengers and are available right now. …

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August 23, 2023

THE JAXSON | The history of the Maxey Moody Sr. house

An old house in Downtown Jacksonville’s Cathedral District contains a fascinating history.…

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August 15, 2023

THE JAXSON | Getting to know the Lackawanna neighborhood

Here are five stories connected to a historic Jacksonville neighborhood that developed around a 19th century railroad yard: Lackawanna.…

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August 8, 2023

OPINION | 6 recommendations for JTA’s new LaVilla facility 

A Jacksonville Transportation Authority facility planned for LaVilla doesn’t align with the vision for Downtown. These 6 recommendations could fix…

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August 1, 2023

THE JAXSON | The story of the Downtown Southbank

Now considered part of Downtown Jacksonville, the waterfront district between the St. Johns River and I-95 has a deceptively long…