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.

monument
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

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

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


Mayport shrimp
Bob via Flickr

When city planners talk about “place making,” they mean transforming a space to promote public health, happiness and well-being.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said three place making projects in Mayor Curry’s proposed budget have the potential to drastically transform three of the city’s neighborhoods.

tram traveling down road
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

A conductor-less train is being tested in China, with plans to take on passengers starting next year.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said the groundbreaking autonomous train has smaller-scale, slower cousins already moving through the streets of downtown Jacksonville.


houses
RivertownFlorida.com

Those who enjoy the resurgence of historic neighborhoods around Jacksonville’s urban core might want to thank a young professional. Their affinity for walkable areas with quirky charm is contributing to development booms in places like Murray Hill — and transforming suburban areas as well.


Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

A set of vacant warehouses in Jacksonville’s Springfield neighborhood is being transformed into an arts school and walkable arts district.


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Downtown Vision Inc

The city of Jacksonville is launching a program to help small-business owners wade through city permitting and other pitfalls.


Firehouse Subs interior
DCawton

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said that two Jacksonville-based sandwich chains are adapting to diners’ changing tastes in two different ways.


aerial photo of highway project
Florida Department of Transportation

The massive Overland Bridge construction project on I-95 in downtown Jacksonville is set to wrap up in a couple of months.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said a new exit at Atlantic Boulevard is expected to spur development around San Marco and St. Nicholas.


parking lot
Google Maps

Jacksonville’s public utility, JEA, wants to build a new headquarters downtown, and it’s working with the city to pave the way.


Modern Cities

Jacksonville’s Whole Foods store is among the company’s more than 400 nationwide that will soon be owned by retail giant Amazon.

The Jaxson founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the sale is part of a retail trend of companies’ responding to customers’ changing needs.


Jacksonville Transportation Authority

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is set to break ground on its regional transportation center, dubbed the Jacksonville Intermodal Station. 

Ennis Davis with The Jaxson says the new center represents a return to the neighborhood’s past, and it’s already shaping future development.


face made of light on the side of a church
Ennis Davis / Modern Cities

Jacksonville might have a few things to learn about revitalizing its downtown from one northern city with similar characteristics: Montreal.

The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis saw several ideas in action on his recent trip there.


Exterior of Engine 15 Brewery
Modern Cities

A group of business owners is trying to drum up interest in what they’re calling Jacksonville’s “Rail Yard District” just west of downtown.

The Jaxson co-founder Mike Field says their hope is to breathe new life into a once-booming wholesale district. 


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