October 6, 2020 | Bill Delaney
In 1953, Afro-Puerto Rican infielder and future major leaguer Felix Mantilla made Southern baseball history as part of the Jacksonville Braves' first racially integrated team, playing alongside Hank Aaron. For...Read more
In honor of the contributions and sacrifices that the Pearson family has made in the effort to make Jacksonville a more inclusive and equitable environment for all, the Jacksonville Historic...Read more
August 27, 2020 | Bill Delaney
On August 27, 1960, a Life Magazine photographer captured Charlie Griffin in the aftermath of the racist attack now known as Ax Handle Saturday. Published at a time when the...Read more
July 9, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A look at six sites in Jacksonville connected to the women's suffrage movement that are worthy of more exploration, preservation and inclusive storytelling.Read more
June 2, 2020 | Editorial by Ennis Davis, AICP
The protests and riots taking place across the country following the murder of George Floyd are nothing new. Neither is the simple request by people of color to be treated...
March 30, 2020 | Bill Delaney
In summer 1888, an invisible killer stalked the streets of Jacksonville. “Yellow Jack” took hundreds of lives, forced the city into lockdown, and toppled a progressive, biracial city government. The...
March 23, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A look at the overlooked architectural works of Joseph Haygood Blodgett. One of Jacksonville's early architects and Florida's first black millionaires.
March 2, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
In honor of Women's History Month, let’s reflect upon the lives of unsung African-American women who helped build Jacksonville.
February 5, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Situated on the opposite side of Interstate 95 from Downtown Jacksonville, Durkeeville is a historic neighborhood that most Jaxsons may not know or have visited. Developed for Jacksonville's rapidly growing...
November 11, 2019 | Bullet of Abandoned Florida
Abandoned Florida takes a look inside of former Cecil Field Naval Air Station's forgotten Yellow Water Weapons Storage Area.
October 25, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Do you really know your next door neighbor? Over the last century, Jacksonville has been the home of several interesting characters and residents who operated on the other side of...
August 27, 2019 | Bullet of Abandoned Florida
Abandoned Florida takes a look inside of Nassau County's long forgotten Riverside Motel and St. Mary's Liquors.
July 30, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A snapshot in time. Here is a look at the then segregated, Duval County Public School system's educational facilities for African-American students during the 1955-56 school year.
June 18, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A behind-the-scenes look into the history and decay of the last downtown Jacksonville office building designed by early 20th century architectural mastermind H.J. Klutho.
June 12, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
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.
April 15, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
The rise and fall of Florida's largest early 20th century red light district: The Line.
September 27, 2018 | Ennis Davis
Black history is ineradicable to our cities history, just as it is imperative to a comprehension of our nation’s evolution. Traditionally, black cultural resources in have been among the most...
April 25, 2018 | Ennis Davis
Modern Cities takes a look at a forgotten part of cigar making history in Florida.
March 26, 2018 | Ennis Davis
Home to the first four-level freeway interchange in America, Los Angeles is a city that has become an international poster child for everything concerning urban sprawl. However, to equate the...
February 5, 2018 | Ennis Davis
Despite being a major center for black commerce and culture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, not much is known about Jacksonville's significant African-American history, heritage and culture....
September 18, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Passionate about the preservation of historic structures to renew our downtowns without reshaping their skylines, Christopher Levy shares the story behind the transformation of a 19th century Birmingham boarding house...
August 13, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Home to the University of Florida, with an estimated 2016 population of 131,591, Gainesville is the largest city in North Central Florida and one rapidly redeveloping into a walkable community....
June 5, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Modern Cities' Ennis Davis, AICP shares sights and scenes from the inside of Washington, DC's National Museum of African American History & Culture.
May 11, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Bullet of Autopsy of Architecture takes us on a tour inside of what's said to be one of the country's most haunted sites: Birmingham's Sloss Furnaces
April 30, 2017 | Ennis Davis
A property containing a few of Florida's oldest abanonded skyscrapers is on its way to finally being brought back to life. With this in mind, Bullet of Abandoned Florida takes...
April 11, 2017 | Ennis Davis
The rise and fall of an overlooked historic Jacksonville streetcar suburb: Lackawanna.
March 31, 2017 | Mike Field
The Case of Parramore, an African American community in Orlando that has been almost erased from history.
January 1, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Bullet of Abandoned Florida provides us with a rare look inside one of Florida's first automobile dealerships: The Claude Nolan Cadillac Building
December 25, 2016 | Ennis Davis
November 30, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Be careful the next time you curse a building as a bad piece of architecture. Sometimes looks aren't always what they seem. Here's seven downtown Jacksonville buildings that have been...
November 16, 2016 | Ennis Davis
If you believe sprawl just magically happened, here's something that visually suggests otherwise. Thanks to researchers at the University of Richmond, Mapping Inequality offers unprecedented online access to the national...
September 15, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Once housing an institution that enhanced the lives of tens of thousands of citizens over a century, the abandoned Barnett Bank Building still stands two blocks from William Boyd Barnett’s...
November 11, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
In honor of all who serve and the sacrifices they give, here...
November 2, 2020 | Bill Delaney
Successful urban revitalization projects of all scopes and sizes rely on a...
September 21, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A historical timeline of the rise of Jacksonville's historic Black communities and...
August 12, 2020 | Bill Delaney
A little known nature preserve on Jacksonville’s Westside is home to a...
May 4, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Now open, the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC) at LaVilla officially replaces...
March 24, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Modern Cities shares images of a congested South Florida arterial roadway corridor...
January 3, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
The United States is home to 32 commuter rail systems. Here is...
November 13, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Established in 1829, D. G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest continuously...
October 6, 2020 | Bill Delaney
In 1953, Afro-Puerto Rican infielder and future major leaguer Felix Mantilla made...