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International author, activist for criminal justice keeps audience spellbound

International author, activist for criminal justice keeps audience spellbound

The third annual National Day of Empathy was jointly hosted March 5 at the University of North Florida by Operation New Hope and #cut50, both organizations intent upon healing the nation’s broken criminal justice system.  The dramatic keynote address of the evening by international speaker Khalil Osiris followed stirring presentations by Kevin Gay, Founder/CEO of […]

Conservation meets preservation at North Florida Land Trust’s new home

Conservation meets preservation at North Florida Land Trust’s new home

The North Florida Land Trust held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony April 4 for its new headquarters in the historic Brewster Hospital building at 843 W. Monroe St. in LaVilla. The nonprofit land conservation organization is leasing the approximately 5,700-square-foot building from the City of Jacksonville.             Prior to the move from their Riverside […]

Residents debate mayor’s plan to demolish The Landing

Residents debate mayor’s plan to demolish The Landing

Not everyone is on board with Mayor Lenny Curry’s idea to have the City of Jacksonville buy back and demolish The Jacksonville Landing in favor of building a riverfront park. In fact, many are alarmed with the speed at which the Mayor’s plan is being pushed through City Hall. On March 26, after much discussion, […]

Study suggests green infrastructure may solve city problems

Study suggests green infrastructure may solve city problems

One way to improve Jacksonville’s problems with stormwater flooding, crime, air pollution, job creation and mental health is simple – plant more trees, said Karen Firehock. As executive director of Green Infrastructure Center, a nonprofit based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Firehock and her team have been conducting a federally-funded independent review of Jacksonville’s urban canopy and […]

MOSH seeking funds to expand, renovate to support capacity, demand

MOSH seeking funds to expand, renovate to support capacity, demand

While many balls are up in the air in Downtown Jacksonville, one nonprofit on the Southbank has been quietly making plans over the past six years for a major expansion. On March 18, the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) unveiled an $80-90 million vision that would double the size of the iconic attraction without […]