98 years of Winn-Dixie

98 years of Winn-Dixie

August 17, 2023 | Ennis Davis, AICP


On August 16, 2023, ALDI announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets as part of a larger divestiture of Jacksonville-based Southeastern Grocers to...

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Dead malls: Searstown Mall

October 19, 2022 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Completed in 1966, Searstown Mall was built to serve a city in the midst of an economic boom during the height of NASA's Apollo program to get man on the...

Celebrating Black Restaurant Week

November 18, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

With an extensive and rich Gullah Geechee heritage, Jacksonville’s Black culinary roots run deep. Our city’s Black-owned restaurants are a must-taste experience. Foodies can raise their forks to events showcasing...

Finding new life for old Kmarts

April 10, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Between 2012 and 2017, the First Coast witnessed every local Kmart store being closed as the long time national retail chain struggles to survive. In a city filled with an...

Ten Benefits of Adaptive Reuse

July 9, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP

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...

West Palm Beach's Warehouse District

September 20, 2018 | Ennis Davis

A collection of aging nondescript warehouses that once served as the terminus for fruit and vegetable barges arriving from the Everglades to access West Palm Beach’s Municipal Market, now make...

93 years of Winn-Dixie

February 19, 2018 | Ennis Davis

A look at the architectural evolution of Florida's first industrial corporation and retail chain to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Housing Affordability? Blame Millennials

October 29, 2017 | Mike Field

Data shows that homeownership rates for people under 35 have dropped by 21 percent since 2004, and this under participation by millennials is causing problems in the housing market.

How Governments Outlaw Affordable Housing

July 31, 2017 | Mike Field

The production of housing is one of the most regulated and micro-managed industries in the industrialized world, and attempting to meet the needs of renters and buyers continues to be...

How to Make Your City's Waterfront Fabulous

December 19, 2016 | Ennis Davis

For the past year, I've been working on my pet project called the Baywalk pop-up. Over time I've recruited an internationally acclaimed architecture firm and collected an assortment of public...

The Alarming State of Income Mobility

October 10, 2016 | Mike Field

According to a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Americans’ income mobility has declined after reaching an all-time high just before the Great Recession in 2007. Worse,...

A Black Sheep, Anheuser-Busch & Jacksonville

August 7, 2016 | Ennis Davis

A look inside Anheuser-Busch's economic, environmental and cultural impact involved in operating a Jacksonville-based brewery where 99.6 percent of everything utilized in the manufacturing process is recycled.

Can Uber Save The Middle Class?

July 4, 2016 | Mike Field

A report from JP Morgan Chase Institute titled ‘Paychecks, Paydays, and the Online Platform Economy’ has taken a deep dive into the demographics and sources behind an alarming trend of...

Expect Favorable Commercial Lending in 2016

March 9, 2016 | Mike Field

Commercial real estate finance leaders expect favorable market to continue in 2016. The majority anticipate a continuation of the past year’s positive market despite concerns of increased volatility and liquidity...

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