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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 […]

Neighborhood comes to terms with Episcopal School zoning changes

Neighborhood comes to terms with Episcopal School zoning changes

The Atlantic Boulevard entrance to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ) will soon sport a new information kiosk, signage and entryway landscaped areas, two off-duty officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to direct traffic, and a new residential road entering the adjacent Live Oak Manor neighborhood, thanks to zoning legislation passed unanimously by the Jacksonville […]

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 […]

Annual Home Tour to offer 11 homes, retail center on Park and King

Annual Home Tour to offer 11 homes, retail center on Park and King

Every home in the Riverside Avondale historic district has a tale to tell and there’s no better time to hear about them than during the annual Home Tour, sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation.  This year’s tour – the 45th – will showcase 11 homes and the Whiteway Corner building on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. […]

Baptist to reorient campus with new Wolfson critical care tower

Baptist to reorient campus with new Wolfson critical care tower

Southbank’s concrete jungle of parking lots and high-rise buildings will get a touch of green space this spring when Baptist Health begins construction on a new $187 million Critical Care Tower at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, which will include a spacious park-like entrance to its medical campus. The new seven-story building will include a five-floor critical […]

At-Large candidates vie for San Marco’s Vote

At-Large candidates vie for San Marco’s Vote

Violent crime is the most pressing issue facing Jacksonville today agreed more than half of the At-Large City Council candidates during a Candidates Forum hosted by the San Marco Preservation Society Feb. 11. Thirteen of the 16 candidates who qualified to run At-Large shared their views before a capacity audience of San Marco voters in […]

Baptist Convention buildings razed, plans in the works

Baptist Convention buildings razed, plans in the works

The walls were tumbling down at the old Florida Baptist Convention Center site at 1230 Hendricks Ave. in late February as developers made way to build more residential apartments and retail space in the South Jacksonville area. In June 2017, Florida Baptist Convention Inc. sold the property to Chadbourne II LLC for $6.15 million, according […]

Servicing the ‘last mile’ in San Marco

Servicing the ‘last mile’ in San Marco

San Marco’s parking problem may be solved. Thanks to the efforts of Robert Harris, former president of the San Marco Merchants Association, and others, Beachside Buggies, the same free-ride transportation service that successfully serves the Jacksonville Beaches, will be expanding its micro-transit facilities to San Marco.  The transportation company is branded at the Beach as […]