November 13, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
On November 12th, representatives from the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) presented to the City of Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority’s Strategic Implementation Committee. The presentation included a rendering, for...Read more
November 11, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
In honor of all who serve and the sacrifices they give, here are a few historic photographs of Armistice Day parades in Downtown Jacksonville during the 1940s. Happy Veterans Day!...Read more
November 2, 2020 | Bill Delaney
Successful urban revitalization projects of all scopes and sizes rely on a simple three-pronged principle: the clustering of complementing uses within a compact setting. It's a tried and true formula...Read more
October 20, 2020 | Bill Delaney
Join The Jaxson on Sunday, October 25 for a tour of one of Jacksonville's most historic spaces: Evergreen Cemetery.Read more
October 19, 2020 | Bill Delaney
Developers listened to public feedback and added a new restaurant to the River City Brewing Company development. This move turned a loss into a net gain – but it wouldn't...Read more
October 15, 2020 | Guest Editorial by Quint Studer
A guest article by Quint Studer, founder of Pensacola's Studer Community Insitute, highlighting the importance of how investing in the little things can lead to great revitalization impact.Read more
August 31, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Emerging as a popular architectural style after World War II, Brutalism is characterized by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and visible structural elements over decorative design. By...Read more
August 19, 2020 | Bill Delaney
In his 20th book, author Tim Gilmore limns Jacksonville darker history with eight stories of murder and mayhem from the 1890s to the 1980s. Get your copy on August 20,...Read more
August 4, 2020 | Ennis Davis and Bill Delaney
Many cities are looking for solutions to the issues caused by gentrification – the influx of new money into neighborhoods that often causes displacement of older residents. One emerging strategy...
May 6, 2020 | Bill Delaney
For over 20 years, Anne Wind has been hosting live music at Jack Rabbits while her husband Tim Hall books shows across the First Coast through JaxLive. In the age...
April 3, 2020 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A brief story of eight African Americans who became millionaires in Florida before desegregation.
February 18, 2020 | Bill Delaney
Steve Williams, founder of the Jacksonville group MappingJax, released a video arguing for the community to come out against demolishing First Baptist Church's former Sunday school building.
January 23, 2020 | Bill Delaney
Advocates have long used a population of 10,000 as the benchmark Downtown Jacksonville must reach to achieve vibrancy. However, this figure leaves out the importance of population density - Downtown...
December 9, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
One element that all downtowns have in common is that their character will change over the course of time. Downtown Winter Haven, APA Florida's 2019 Great Places in Florida People's...
November 27, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Charlotte isn't a city known as being a stalwart of historic preservation and adaptive reuse. However, Optimist Hall, the latest major adaptive reuse project along the city’s light rail line,...
November 26, 2019 | Bill Delaney
Shortly after they established Southern rock in Jacksonville in 1969, the Allman Brothers Band relocated to Macon, Georgia to record at Capricorn Records. From 1970 to 1973, band members and...
November 21, 2019 | J.D. McGregor
Unlike previous downtown demolitions that were accompanied by media blitzes and celebratory fanfare, the city is proceeding quietly with its controversial plan to raze the Jacksonville Landing.
October 17, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
The food hall craze continues to take the south by storm. Here is a brief look at the latest food hall projects in Florida, involving the adaptive reuse of historic...
August 12, 2019 | J.D. McGregor
Mayor Curry has revealed his plans for replacing the Jacksonville Landing after its demolition, and as Urban Core advocates have feared for months, it's mostly an empty field. Get ready...
July 15, 2019 | J.D. McGregor
Buildings that are 50 years or older are landmarked as historically significant according to a set of seven criteria. The Jacksonville Landing already passes all seven, meaning that in 18...
April 1, 2019 | Bill Delaney
Through Thursday, April 4, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) is seeking public input on a proposed $1.95 billion facilities master plan that calls for building new schools and closing -...
March 20, 2019 | The Jaxson
Most festival marketplaces built in the 1970s and 1980s have struggled, but the Jacksonville Landing may be the first to be outright demolished and not replaced. While other cities have...
February 14, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
In honor of Black History Month, here's five internationally known African-American individuals who spent some time in Jacksonville.
February 10, 2019 | Ennis Davis
January 3, 2019 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Brightline (now Virgin Trains USA), the first new major private passenger intercity rail system in the United States in over a century has a new name and growth plans that...
October 19, 2018 | Ennis Davis
Join The Jaxson on the evening of October 23 for Forgotten Spaces, a free discussion about how the history and importance of a space becomes forgotten over time and how...
October 18, 2018 | Ennis Davis, AICP
Could an influx of private sector investment fuel long needed economic growth into our most distressed neighborhoods? Or will a new community development program designed to drive private investment to...
October 1, 2018 | Ennis Davis, AICP
A cool time-lapse video of Manhattan's Waterline Square, a luxury residential development designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF).
July 9, 2018 | Ennis Davis
The creators of Modern Cities, in association with WJCT Public Broadcasting, are launching The Jaxson, a new website dedicated to urbanism and culture on Florida’s First Coast.
April 22, 2018 | Ennis Davis
From downtown urban areas to suburban shopping malls and strip centers, food halls are continuing to thrive within the communities they serve. Here's a look at the transformation of a...
March 18, 2018 | Mike Field
Starbucks is launching a long-term effort to create local jobs, provide training opportunities for youth and invest in local minority-owned businesses.
March 12, 2018 | Mike Field
Salvation Army grocery stores to open across the United States to provide lower income families with better access to healthy foods.
November 1, 2017 | Mike Field
Innovative, two-year pilot program provides critical capital and training for next generation of developers building communities of opportunity.
October 23, 2017 | Mike Field
Analysis looks at a decade of data to determine which communities are undergoing dynamic transformations, and which are standing still.
May 31, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Each week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with Modern Cities about the latest business trends affecting the First Coast. During this week's Monday morning business brief, Ennis Davis, AICP...
April 6, 2017 | Ennis Davis
Viewers installed throughout downtown Long Beach gives visitors a glimpse into the city's past.
March 30, 2017 | Mike Field
Ikea’s solar-powered, flat pack home can be deployed in neighborhoods, disaster zones or deserts. Has the Swedish retailer made a major breakthrough in affordable housing?
January 30, 2017 | Mike Field
As heavy truck traffic is removed from the streets of Ybor City, efforts to return the area to its place as one of West Florida's most vibrant urban neighborhoods receive...
December 14, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Architects-In-Training Ledia Durmishaj and Samantha Wai provide a behind the scenes look into the design of Gresham, Smith & Partners (GS&P). Located on the top floor of One Enterprise Center,...
December 1, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry recently announced his desire for state funding to begin removing the Hart Bridge Expressway ramps along the downtown riverfront as early as next year. For those...
November 2, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Amazon plans to build 2,000 drive through grocery stores across the country. Is America ready?
October 25, 2016 | Ennis Davis
ULI North Florida recently hosted the 5th Annual Awards for Excellence event in downtown Jacksonville to showcase projects throughout North Florida that represent the best practices in all aspects of...
October 6, 2016 | Ennis Davis
A look at plans to develop the International African American Museum on the very site where an estimated 100,000 enslaved West Africans entered the United States.
September 13, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Once a major retirement destination known as 'God's Waiting Room' and stagnant growth, St. Petersburg is proving that new home construction doesn't always mean building farther out.
August 9, 2016 | Ennis Davis
Phase one construction of Miami Worldcenter, America’s second-largest luxury urban development, is now underway.
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...