While the Downtown Investment Authority is officially tasked with building up Downtown, in recent months it has taken to tearing it down instead. If Jacksonville ever wants to see a thriving downtown, something drastic needs to change at the DIA. Read More
Here is a brief look at why Baltimore has found success with the revitalization of its Inner Harbor, and a simple challenge Jacksonville's civic leaders must accept and address if they want to see a similar result along the St. Johns River through downtown. Read More
Adaptive reuse is a form of development that gives new life and purpose to old buildings. Many cities have embraced the concept to turn around areas that once suffered from abandonment and general decline. If a city is truly interested in urban revitalization, adaptive reuse is a very important part of achieving that goal. Here are 10 benefits of adaptive reuse that every municipality should consider.
Sandwiched between the tidal saltwater marshes of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and the St. Johns River, Heckscher Drive is not only one of the most scenic thoroughfares in Jacksonville, it is also one that highlights the unique environmental and cultural characteristics that make the First Coast special. Here, everything from recreational fishing, beaches, fish camps, seafood markets, waterfront restaurants and shipbuilding to Pre-Columbian Timucua, Gullah Geechee, Civil War and maritime history all combine to provide an authentic taste of the region. Read More