“Jaxson” is a traditional term for someone from Jacksonville, Florida. Fittingly, The Jaxson is a place for those interested in learning about the city’s past and present, and who want a part in shaping its future.

Launched by Modern Cities in association with WJCT Public Broadcasting, The Jaxson is a multimedia project dedicated to urbanism and culture on Florida’s First Coast. The Jaxson continues Modern Cities’ focus on urbanism on a hyperlocal level, taking a street-view look at Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

Through a combination of detailed analysis, innovative storytelling, and original reporting, The Jaxson explores the big issues facing Jacksonville in the modern era of urban growth. Stories cover development, culture, history, and neighborhood issues from the city’s Urban Core and all across the Northeast Florida region. The Jaxson is supported in part by the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund.

Ennis Davis

Ennis Davis is a certified senior planner who holds a degree in Architecture from Florida A&M University. He is the author of the award winning books “Reclaiming Jacksonville,” “Cohen Brothers: The Big Store” and “Images of Modern America: Jacksonville.” A mayoral appointee to the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Commission, Davis has served with various organizations committed to improving urban communities, including the American Planning Association and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. A 2013 Next City Vanguard, Davis is a co-founder of Modern Cities and TransForm Jax, and a former citizen member of the Florida Times-Union editorial board. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com.

Mike Field

Mike Field is a banking analyst and real estate developer, who holds a degree in Economics from Florida State University. In 2015, he was named the State of Florida’s small business advocate of the year by the US Small Business Administration. A 2014 Next City Vanguard, Mike is the co-founder of Modern Cities and TransForm Jax. He also writes fiction novels under the name J.D. McGregor. Mike can be reached at mfield@moderncities.com.

Bill Delaney

Bill Delaney is a writer, higher education professional, and marketing director. His writing focuses on the culture and history of Florida, with particular emphasis on Jacksonville and the First Coast. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of North Florida. He writes and edits for The Jaxson, Modern Cities, and other publications, and can be reached at wdelaney@moderncities.com.

Daniel Herbin

Daniel Herbin is a software engineer and advocate for walkable urban environments. Daniel holds a degree from North Carolina State University and is a co-founder of Modern Cities and The Jaxson. Daniel can be reached at dherbin@moderncities.com.

Kelsi Hasden

Kelsi Hasden is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English focusing on Postcolonial theory and Women’s studies and a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition. She writes about a range of issues and events, dines out as often as she can, and attends events around Jacksonville. Kelsi writes and edits articles for the Jaxson and Modern Cities and can be reached at Kelsi@moderncities.com.