The Jaxson On WJCT

Thursdays during Morning Edition

The Jaxson on WJCT is a weekly radio segment focusing on urbanism and culture on Florida’s First Coast.

The Jaxson continues Modern Cities' focus on development trends, but on a hyperlocal level. The Jaxson on WJCT is hosted and produced by WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo and features a rotation of commentators from The Jaxson, including Ennis Davis, Kelsi Hasden, Mike Field and Bill Delaney.

Views expressed by The Jaxson are not necessarily those of WJCT.

@SanMarcoTrain via Twitter

Though it has largely flown under the radar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its partners have quietly launched an ambitious bid that could ultimately bring passenger rail back to Downtown Jacksonville and spark millions in development in the process. 

Via The Jackson

The proposed Hyatt Place hotel across from the Jacksonville Landing serves as an example of how community awareness and advocacy can reshape decisions at the planning level that then incrementally lead to a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly outcome.

Jimmy Delaney / WJCT News

City planners will soon begin taking public input on the redevelopment of Jacksonville’s historically African-American neighborhood of LaVilla, just west of downtown.  

Downtown Investment Authority via The Jaxson

As interest in Jacksonville's historic inner neighborhoods grows, terms like Urban Core, Downtown and even Downtown Core are becoming common parts of local parlance. But what exactly do these terms refer to? Here are some definitions.

The Jaxson: James Weldon Johnson Deserves To Be Celebrated

Aug 8, 2018
The Jaxson

James Weldon Johnson is, without exaggeration, the single most accomplished person ever to come from Jacksonville or Florida.

E Street exterior
The Jaxson

Many of the places we frequent today in Jacksonville have a shared history — as gas stations.

St. Louis skyline
W.G Dayton via Flickr

As we talk about redeveloping Jacksonville’s downtown, we can learn from the revitalization journey of another large city: St. Louis.

table spread with hot sauce
Kristen Penoyer for Gilbert's

The number of food halls in the U.S. is expected to triple within the next five years.

As The Jaxson Editor in Chief Ennis Davis said, the First Coast is just beginning to get a taste of this dining trend, with a “mini” food hall at Jacksonville Beach: Gilbert’s.

bridge in the park overgrown with plants
The Jaxson

Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for "unbending of the faculties." 

Northeast Florida Regional Airport via Facebook

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.

Moncrief Prepares To Lose Its Food Desert Status

May 14, 2018
Exterior of building
Modern Cities

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 The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, one store is already in the works at the southeast corner of Moncrief Road and Myrtle Avenue.

mockup of lagoon with waterfront homes
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.

Downtown Jacksonville Could See Hotel Boom

Apr 30, 2018
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Marriott Hotels via Instagram

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 The Jaxson 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.

Glen Myra Was A Mixed-Use Neighborhood Before It Was Cool

Apr 23, 2018
Modern Cities

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 The Jaxson 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.

sidewalk and building on Hogan Street
Modern Cities

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

Kelsi Hasden with The Jaxson 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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