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1920s Florida Land Boom: Panama Gardens

Located four miles north of downtown Jacksonville, Panama Gardens is a residential subdivision that was completed in spite of the crash of the 1926 Florida land boom. Featuring a collection of residential architectural styles, here is a brief tour of this historic Northside community. Read More

Preserving West Lewisville's Oneida Court

Dating back to 1925, the Oneida Bungalow Court is the largest single-site collection of historic residential units from West Lewisville's (North Riverside's) early days. Now a small local developer intends to preserve and rehabilitation the missing middle housing site as a form of addressing the city's affordable housing crisis. Here is a look at Oneida Court. Read More

Writers of the First Coast: James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1938) is, without exaggeration, the single most accomplished person ever to come from Jacksonville or Florida. Among other things, the LaVilla native was Florida’s first African American lawyer after Reconstruction; the principal of Stanton, which he converted into Florida’s first black public high school; a U.S. Consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua; the first African American head of the NAACP; and a respected university professor. But even without these accomplishments, Johnson would have secured a place in history for his literary output. Read More

How the stadium deal CBA supports Historic Eastside

On Tuesday, June 11, Mayor Deegan filed formal legislation for the $1.4 billion stadium development agreement between the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, one of the most popular elements of the deal, a $300 million community benefits agreement (CBA), could be on the City Council chopping block. Here is a brief look into how the CBA could provide tangible benefit to an adjacent urban core neighborhood seeking to survive the risk of displacement and gentrification. Read More

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