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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

3/26/19: Rethinking Cities; Moveable Feast; LGBT Employment; Down Syndrome Association

Andrew Moore
National Geographic
SHANGHAI, CHINA Near the center of this city of 24 million, China’s largest, the Yanan expressway crosses under the North-South expressway";

National Geographic Magazine has dedicated the entire April 2019 issue to exploring the future of Cities.

Robert Kunzig is senior environment editor at National Geographic Magazine and author of Cities of the Future: Rethinking Cities.

He joined us to discuss the issue, and what it might mean for the future of our own city - the largest by land-mass in the country.

Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast looks at food and entertainment trends around the First Coast. Leigh Cort of the Women’s Food Alliance spoke with Frank Sladow, bartender of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Ponte Vedra.

LGBT Employment

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The University of North Florida is hosting an LGBT Employment Summit this Friday. The event is in partnership with Out and Equal Workplace Advocates.

Kaitlin Legg, the director of UNF’s LGBT Resource Center; and Lindsay Swiger, an attorney with Jackson Lewis joined us with more information about the event and the movement for LGBTQ inclusion in the workforce.

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville  

Melissa Ross (left) with Stephanie Westermen (left)

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Stephanie Westerman with the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville was in Studio 5 to tell us a little about the strides that have been made in public awareness, education, and treatment of children with Down syndrome, and what's on the horizon.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at, 904-358-6317.