housing
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July 19, 2022

Opinion: Florida’s secret weapon in the housing crisis

With the creation of the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund to support affordable housing in 1992, Florida led the way in ensuring that low-income residents had a place to live. But failure to fund the trust over the last 20 years has contributed to Florida’s entering a full-blown housing crisis — still, it just may be our best tool for turning

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May 24, 2022

#AskJAXTDY: Why doesn’t Florida have rent control?

The Jacksonville Today team is answering your housing questions, as rents in the region have climbed by more than twice the rate of inflation during the COVID pandemic. We’ve looked at how much rent went up by neighborhood and laid out some potential solutions to Jacksonville’s housing crisis. This week a Jacksonville Today reader asks: “Why is there no rent

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May 17, 2022

Opinion: 4 local solutions to help fight Jacksonville’s housing crisis

With a shortage of available homes and prices spiking dramatically, Jacksonville is the midst of a full-blown housing crisis. Fortunately, there’s much the city government can do to help in the fight. These four comparatively simple and affordable solutions could make an impact — if local leaders act now. Jacksonville’s housing crisis Across Florida, housing prices are up to crisis

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May 12, 2022

EXPLORE: How much did rent go up in your neighborhood?

Rent prices  in the Jacksonville metro area have increased by more than 30% since the start of the pandemic — more than twice the rate of inflation. In some neighborhoods, including San Jose and Arlington, rent prices have gone up by close to 40% over the past two years. Today, Jacksonville is the 13th most overpriced rental city in the

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May 8, 2022

Opinion: ‘Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent’

Not too many years ago, it was possible to eke out a living on the fringes of society and maintain a residence in Riverside, San Marco, or even Jax Beach if you weren’t picky. A no-frills, no-gentrification, no-renovation sort of thing, to be sure. But you could sell a few articles or paintings or chapbooks or zines or whatever your

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November 2, 2021

Opinion: Can townhomes plug Jax housing’s ‘missing middle’?

Two new projects in LaVilla and San Marco are creating something in short supply in Jacksonville: urban townhomes. Can they help Jacksonville’s “missing middle” housing problem? The projects Two townhome projects are currently moving forward in Jacksonville’s Urban Core: Johnson Commons in the Downtown neighborhood of LaVilla, and the Terraces of San Marco. Johnson Commons, a partnership between Corner Lot

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