Business Brief

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Every week, WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talks with Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis about the latest business and development trends affecting the First Coast. 

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Modern Cities

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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ING Group via Flickr

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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Orange Park is losing its Toys ‘R’ Us store, as the company announced last week it’s closing that location and 180 other stores nationwide.

Overall, though, brick-and-mortar retail is far from dead on the First Coast. 

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Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Several downtown Jacksonville development projects got a preliminary green light last week.

In this Business Brief, Bill Delaney of Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the list of proposed new additions includes a commodity that’s in short supply downtown:  parking spaces.

Modern Cities

A new year promises to bring lots of new development to Jacksonville’s Urban Core.

In this week’s Business Brief, Bill Delaney of Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about some of the major projects on the horizon.


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One of Jacksonville’s oldest malls is getting a massive makeover. Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said Roosevelt Square in Ortega is responding to changing trends.


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The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is among the chorus of voices calling for the city’s Confederate monuments to be inventoried.

Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis said there’s a business case for better understanding the city’s past.


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