Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

New neighbor on the way for Historic Avondale

New neighbor on the way for Historic Avondale

Demolition was concluding Wednesday morning in the Shoppes of Avondale in preparation for a 7,000-plus square foot combination coffee shop, wine bar, market and art gallery. Southern Grounds & Co will include 187 seats and has been the focus of both excitement– it will replace vacant storefronts —  and apprehension as its footprint is larger than […]

RAP seeks award nominees

The window to nominate an outstanding historic preservation contributor for a Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) Award is fast approaching. The awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses in the historic districts that make singular contributions to historic preservation in the neighborhoods. Award winners are selected from community nominations. This year, the deadline to nominate is by […]

Public artwork made of lights could transform Murray Hill/Avondale overpass

Public artwork made of lights could transform Murray Hill/Avondale overpass

Murray Hill residents are hoping to get funding that would transform the bare, utilitarian overpass at Edgewood Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard into a work of art the neighborhoods can be proud of. In this case, the tools wouldn’t be spray paint or mosaic, but pure light. San Antonio-based artist Bill Fitzgibbons has completed over 30 […]

River Garden Hebrew Home celebrates 30 years in Mandarin

River Garden Hebrew Home celebrates 30 years in Mandarin

A little more than 30 years ago, an exodus took place on Riverside Avenue and Stockton Street when River Garden Hebrew Home made the unprecedented choice to move 167 residents and 300 volunteers from Riverside to a new home across the river in Mandarin. The original facility had been there more than four decades and […]

Celebrating “sisterhood” through philanthropy and community leadership

Celebrating “sisterhood” through philanthropy and community leadership

Three of the “Grand Dames” of Jacksonville, Helen Murchison Lane, her younger sister, Margaret (Muffet) Murchison Corse, and longtime friend Joannie Wellhouse Newton, joined The Very Rev. Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John’s Cathedral, in celebrating their many years of friendship, philanthropy and a love of their church, during a very special luncheon at the […]

Organizations find ways to rescue historical record

As information sharing becomes ever-more digital, historians worldwide are contending with the problem of how to preserve the historical record. That problem is no less pressing than in Jacksonville as print newspapers and photographs and their negatives are threatened with the Dumpster. In November, The Resident published a story about longtime San Marco photographer Curt […]

Edgewood Avenue to get road, overpass rejuvenation

Edgewood Avenue to get road, overpass rejuvenation

Engineers with the City of Jacksonville and the Florida Department of Transportation are planning ways to transform Edgewood Avenue, provide more safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and more parking for businesses. The plans are still in the design phase and the $4.4 million project would affect Edgewood from U.S. 17 to the Lenox Avenue intersection, […]

Home prices rise

Home prices rise

Real estate in high demand throughout Historic Districts Real estate professionals in Jacksonville’s Historic Districts are optimistic about this new year because they know their neighborhoods are among the most desirable in Northeast Florida. The neighborhoods’ enticing blend of history, charm, architecture and sense of community ensures a steady market and lively interest. While low […]

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