Sights and Scenes: Downtown Norfolk

July 19, 2023 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Sights and scenes from a southern riverfront urban core known for having a large Navy presence, a port, a Rouse festival marketplace, shipbuilding, bridges, urban renewal and several mid-20th century...

Panama Park's Main Street

January 4, 2023 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Jacksonville's urban core is home to several neighborhood commercial districts that were originally developed with the pedestrian in mind. Located four miles north of downtown, Panama Park's Main Street was...

The Black Broadway of the South

September 30, 2022 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Located in the heart of Georgia, Macon is a city of 160,000 that is well known for its music heritage. Associated with a number of musicians, including the Allman Brothers...

Sights and Scenes: Micanopy

July 2, 2021 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Covering 1.03 square miles and named after a Seminole Nation chief, Micanopy is believed to be the oldest inland town in Florida. Established in 1821, it was the first town...

Walkable Jacksonville: Moncrief

February 2, 2021 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Jacksonville's urban core is home to a number of historic pedestrian scale neighborhoods. Many are a direct result of the city's former electric streetcar network that operated between 1880 and...

Walkable Jacksonville: San Marco Square

November 24, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Jacksonville's urban core is home to a number of historic walkable neighborhood commercial districts. Many are a direct result of the city's former electric streetcar network that operated between 1880...

Visions of Vibrancy: Denver's LoDo

May 27, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

The vibrancy of cities comes in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in internationally known cosmopolitan settings may not be applicable for cities in America that have...

Exploring Havana, Cuba

April 22, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Modern Cities visits a city established as a strategic location for the Spanish conquest of the Americas during the 16th century: Havana, Cuba.

A brief history of Orange Park

April 20, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Despite being known for having some of Florida's longest commutes due to massive gridlock on its two main thoroughfares, the actual Town of Orange Park is much smaller and quaint...

Jacksonville's Southern rock graves

February 14, 2020 | Bill Delaney

Jacksonville, the birthplace of Southern rock, is also the final resting place of many who defined the genre. Photographer Chris Soldt takes a tour of Jacksonville's Southern rock graves.

Exploring Nocatee

January 6, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Located halfway between Jacksonville and Saint Augustine, Nocatee is one of America's most rapidly growing master planned communities.

A walk through urban Kissimmee

December 26, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Once known as Cow Town and now a SunRail commuter rail system destination, Kissimmee has grown to become the second largest city in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

24 Hours of Chicago's Loop

October 30, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Chicago is a city that loves to celebrate Halloween. Today, Modern Cities explores 24 hours of the Loop, ending with Arts in the Dark: The Halloween parade celebrating Chicago's creative...

The Makeover of Giralda Plaza

April 22, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP

The makeover of Giralda Avenue in the heart of Downtown Coral Gables serves as a visual example of the power of clustering, complementing uses within a compact urban setting and...

A Night In Downtown Orlando

October 23, 2018 | Ennis Davis, AICP

Over the last 20 years, Downtown Orlando has emerged as a diversified Central Florida hub for commerce, government and finance. While many cities continue to struggle to establish a flourishing...

Gentrified: San Diego's Little Italy

September 5, 2018 | Ennis Davis

Located on the northwest end of Downtown San Diego and a few blocks from the Embarcadero, Little Italy originated as a predominately Italian fishing neighborhood during the late 19th century....

A Photo Tour of St. Louis

July 17, 2018 | Bill Delaney

St. Louis, Missouri is the Gateway to the West, known for breweries, baseball, and its imposing Gateway Arch. Join Modern Cities' Bill Delaney on a photo tour of some of...

Inside Eataly Chicago

July 10, 2018 | Ennis Davis

Food halls have become the sharing economy for restaurants. They're also one of the hottest trends in the restaurant business and retail right now.

What does 'gentrification' really mean?

May 11, 2018 | Mike Field

Kea Wilson of Strong Towns explores gentrification. No two people seem to quite agree on what the word “gentrification” means. If you’re at all interested in what shapes our cities,...

Exploring North Florida: Fernandina Beach

January 10, 2018 | Ennis Davis

Jacksonville may be Northeast Florida's largest city and St. Augustine may be the nation's oldest, but if you're willing to explore, you'll discover the First Coast is filled with many...

Where your Florida orange juice comes from

December 27, 2017 | Ennis Davis

In 1915, Claude E. Street produced his first bottle of Street's Grapefruit Juice in Haines City, Florida, becoming the first citrus juice processing manufacturer in America. Today, behind Brazil, Florida...

A Glimpse of Downtown Miami

November 21, 2017 | Ennis Davis

Like many cities, Miami aspires to achieve greatness with its downtown. Judging from the amount of cranes dominating the skyline, Miami is well on its way. Today, Modern Cities shares...

A Tale of Two Zip Codes

June 29, 2017 | Ennis Davis

When it comes to our health, our zip code matters more than our genetic code. For many communities across the United States, easy access to healthy food options, parks for...

Asheville Bound: A Glimpse of Perfection

September 16, 2016 | Ennis Davis

Melissa Hege, AICP of South Florida-based Melissa Hege City Planning LLC. takes a trip to Asheville, NC and shares what she learned about implementing smart and subtle, yet affordable urban...

These Night Markets Are Lighting Up Cities

July 4, 2016 | Mike Field

As farmers markets and food truck rallies now seemingly pop up everywhere, a new nocturnal trend has recharged the street food scene and illuminated the rich potential hidden in long-forgotten...

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