South Shores: A historic neighborhood near its end?
Just outside downtown Jacksonville, a historic neighborhood's days may be coming to an end, due to the impact of flooding and sea level rise.
Reed’s Subdivision lies just west of South Shores. Reed’s Subdivision dates back to the early 20th century and occupies land once owned by 19th century Reconstruction era Florida governor Harry Reed. Developed over filled wetlands, what’s left of this neighborhood could possible disappear altogether as a part of a solution to overcome flooding and sea level rise.
Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Davis is a certified senior planner and graduate of 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.” 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 the co-founder of Metro Jacksonville.com and ModernCities.com — two websites dedicated to promoting fiscally sustainable communities — and Transform Jax, a tactical urbanist group. Contact Ennis at email@example.com