Downtown Jacksonville

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida professor Matt Corrigan and UNF students Ryan McDonagh and Todd Higginbotham about a new UNF study on how to get more millennials to move to downtown Jacksonville (01:14).   

Our latest edition of Art Attack featured Lee Hamby of Five and Dime Theatre, Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library, Jamario Stills from Phase 8 Theater Company, Alicia Somers, VP at Regions Bank and Katie McCaughan of Jacksonville Dance Theatre (31:42).  

Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming to the Jacksonville area in February (46:00). 


Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

A downtown Jacksonville nightspot on East Bay Street will be closing next month. 


Photo Essay: 1970s Jacksonville

Dec 27, 2017
Old Jacksonville
Via moderncities.com

Jacksonville has changed in many ways over the last forty years.

A two-month-old initiative aimed at making downtown Jacksonville more appealing is looking for more volunteers to help pick up trash.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As Jacksonville travelers make their summer plans, thousands of their winged neighbors are getting ready for an epic journey of their own to Brazil.


UNF Poll: 'Why Don't You Go Downtown?'

Jun 20, 2017
Wikimedia/ Creative Commons

There are mixed feelings when it comes to the reputation of downtown Jacksonville.

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.

Modern Cities 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.

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


Iguana Investments

Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority moved forward with a plan to redevelop 70 acres of riverfront property downtown.

Officials gave the green light Tuesday to a proposal by Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s investment firm Iguana Investments.


Patrick Fisher / Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Downtown Investment Authority is starting off Public Art Week with a tour Tuesday of the 34 public art pieces recently added downtown.

The Main Street Bridge in Downtown Jacksonville
BLAKE ALLEN

The Florida Department of Transportation is investigating damage to Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge after a river cruise ship crashed into it Friday evening.

Celebrating July 4 With A Bang

Jun 30, 2016
Jeff Golden, www.flickr.com/creativecommons

This is your complete guide to firework displays around Jacksonville.

Celebrate the red, white and blue with family and friends with spectacular shows for a night you won’t soon forget.

Cowford Chophouse

A highly anticipated downtown restaurant won’t be opening as quickly as was hoped.

Work on the Cowford Chophouse has stalled after the owner of the project replaced the general contractor.


Burro Bar To Close Its Doors

Apr 13, 2016
Burro Bar

Patrons are saying goodbye to the Burro Bar in downtown Jacksonville.

Broken Parking Meters Cost Jacksonville Thousands Of Dollars

Feb 1, 2016
News4Jax

Hundreds of Jacksonville’s newest parking meters designed to accept credit cards are missing batteries.

They not only won't swipe your cards, they won't even accept a quarter for you to park for 30 minutes.

If any the 1,575 meters is broken, the city does not ticket a driver because there is no way to know if he or she paid or how long he or she parked in the spot.  

A spokesperson said metered parking brings in $706,566 annually. 

Digital meters alone should bring in $436,029 every year, but the city said 116 of 547 meters are not operational.

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