The Jaxson's top 30 articles of 2019
The Jaxson covered a lot of ground in 2019. Take a look at our top 30 stories by number of views.
20. Downtown Jacksonville’s Most Endangered Buildings (June 3, 2019)
A brief list of downtown buildings, structures and landmarks that could end up becoming the next poorly maintained surface parking lot or grass field.
19. Five Historic Schools DCPS Still Plans To Demolish (June 27, 2019)
The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) proposed facilities master plan earmarked $1 billion for maintenance repairs to schools. While much has been said about DCPS’ plan to preserve historic schools like Springfield’s Kirby-Smith Middle and Mandarin’s Loretto Elementary, a few others remain on the chopping block. Here are five architecturally significant historic school buildings still slated for demolition without the consideration of adaptive reuse.
18. 10 Potential Uses For The Jacksonville Landing (April 5, 2019)
After the City of Jacksonville took full control of the Jacksonville Landing, we offered this list of ten types of uses that should have been considered before moving forward with complete demolition of a publicly owned turnkey commercial space.
17. Landing To Be Razed, Are Taxpayers Screwed? (February 21, 2019)
After years of legal disputes and disagreements between various revitalization strategies between the City of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Landing Investments (JLI), the city approved an $18 million deal to acquire and raze the underutilized marketplace has been proposed. Here are a few reasons why taxpayers should be concerned.
16. A Lesson for Jacksonville: Pensacola’s Palafox Street (May 21, 2019)
The rapid transformation of Pensacola’s Palafox Street serves as a revitalization example for Jacksonville’s Northbank to follow.
15. Six forgotten downtown Jacksonville public spaces (April 19, 2019)
Six downtown public spaces that have been largely forgotten and overlooked by the masses.
14. Exposing the Real Story of Slavery: Whitney Plantation (June 19, 2019)
Located 46 miles west of New Orleans, Whitney Plantation is a museum and historic district that is devoted to sharing the un-sugarcoated story of slavery.
13. Riverside & San Marco Parking Plan Draws Opposition (October 29, 2019)
Quietly, former DIA board member Dane Grey has pitched a deal for his company to take over city parking in Downtown Jacksonville - and to bring metered parking to Riverside and San Marco. While much of the focus has been centered around downtown, an obvious elephant in the room has been exposed. There has been little to no community engagement to introduce paid parking in neighborhoods outside of downtown, and some businesses, consumers and residents don’t want it.
12. Heckscher Drive: The Jacksonville You Forgot (July 8, 2019)
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.
11. Florida Discovery: A New Vision For The Landing (June 13, 2019)
Guest columnist Jim White shared his adaptive reuse proposal for the redevelopment of the Jacksonville Landing into a mixed-use museum, retail, dining and entertainment venue.