Business Brief

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Every week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with Modern Cities about the development trends affecting the First Coast. 

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Jacksonville travelers have seven new flights to choose from, after low-cost Frontier Airlines announced it’s adding direct flights to places like San Antonio and Las Vegas.

Business Brief: Moncrief Prepares To Lose Its Food Desert Status

May 14, 2018
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A new city law puts money toward incentivizing grocery stores to open in Northwest Jacksonville, an area seen as a food desert.

As Bill Delaney with Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, one store is already in the works at the southeast corner of Moncrief Road and Myrtle Avenue.

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Modern Cities

The population of Northeast Florida has grown significantly since the last census.

As Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the vast majority of the growth has been in the counties surrounding Jacksonville.

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When Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan this month unveiled his latest plans for developing the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park, the renderings included a waterfront hotel.

As Mike Field with Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, Khan’s is just one of several hotels being planned for downtown Jacksonville.

The new proposals end a 16-year hotel construction drought, he said, after the Hyatt Riverfront opened to great fanfare in 2001.

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Walkable neighborhoods are trendy these days – and they were also the trend in the early 1900s.

But by mid-century, walkability gave way to sprawling suburbs.

Kelsi Hasden with Modern Cities told WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo why this time around could be different, by focusing on the story of one neighborhood on Jacksonville’s Eastside called Glen Myra.

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A city proposal would put a protected bike lane along Hogan and Laura streets in downtown Jacksonville.

Kelsi Hasden with Modern Cities told WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how that could spur development in that area. That’s this week’s Business Brief.

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Modern Cities

Row homes with space for retail on the bottom floor are being proposed for Springfield, just north of downtown Jacksonville.

As Kelsi Hasden with Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in this week’s Business Brief, the new homes are an example of what’s called “missing middle housing.”

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Modern Cities

A Neptune Beach shopping center that was once anchored by Kmart is going to be completely redeveloped.

As Modern Cities’ Kelsi Hasden said, the plans were recently revised after public outcry. She told WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about the new plans in this week’s Business Brief.

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Modern Cities

As road work nears completion on I-95 in downtown Jacksonville, a new interchange on the border of San Marco and St. Nicholas is spurring major development there.

Business Brief: JTA Skyway Plan Needs Some Tweaks

Mar 11, 2018
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Modern Cities

As we’ve known for a while, JTA is planning to expand its Skyway monorail service farther into some neighborhoods adjacent to downtown Jacksonville, with a proposal calling for automated, driverless vehicles.

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Modern Cities

City leaders’ staying out of national politics could help Jacksonville flourish.  That’s one of the tips for successful cities coming out of a recent conference in Georgia.

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Modern Cities

Some of the Jacksonville buildings many people know today came from the minds of largely forgotten African-American architects — and their legacy is the city’s unique character.

Business Brief: The Case For 'Economic Inclusion'

Feb 19, 2018
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Movements are having a moment. From #MeToo to Black Lives Matter and Dreamers, minorities and women are demanding inclusion.

As Kelsi Hasden with Modern Cities said, one area where these groups have been historically excluded is at work, and that has economic consequences far beyond office walls.

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One national trend that’s been bringing residents into urban cores is dense, highly walkable, mixed use developments, but a new report shows the growth rate of this type of project is slowing, after it had grown for several consecutive years.

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As we know, Jacksonville will not be home to Amazon’s headquarters, after city leaders found out last month their pitch to the company did not land a spot on its top-20 list of contenders.

In this week’s Business Brief, Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo that Jacksonville could learn something from the unexpected cities that did make the list.

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