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The Jaxson: Panel Discusses 'Forgotten Spaces, Places Reimagined'

Jessica Palombo (left) moderates a discussion with "Forgotten Spaces: Places Reimagined" panelists Tia Keitt, Alan Bliss and Mike Field Tuesday night at WJCT Studios.

Tuesday evening WJCT hosted a live event for readers of The Jaxson, which is a web and radio partnership between WJCT and Modern Cities.  

The Jaxson's first live event was called Forgotten Spaces: Places Reimagined, which included a wide-ranging conversation at WJCT Studios that touched on:

  • How to avoid gentrification when redeveloping low-income neighborhoods
  • The future of LaVilla and Brooklyn 
  • Mid-century architecture
  • Whether it's better to leave buildings vacant when there's no immediately identified reuse for them
  • Strategies other cities have used to honor neighborhoods' historic character
  • Which places deserve preservation and which don't
  • Whether current development is creating tomorrow's forgotten spaces
  • The past, present and future of the Jacksonville Landing

Watch the entire program that was streamed live on WJCT's Facebook page

Moderator: Jessica Palombo, WJCT news director


  • Alan Bliss,  Jacksonville Historical Society executive director
  • Mike Field, The Jaxson co-founder; founder of The Jaxson Night Market and The Court Urban Food Park
  • Cantrece Jones, Acuity Design Group president
  • Tia Keitt,  Eastside Community Coalition board member
  • Rafael Caldera, Arkest CEO; Downtown Development Review Board member
  • Adrienne Burke, Nassau County Assistant Planning Director; Florida Trust for Historic Preservation trustee

Jaxson events are free to attend. Stay tuned for the next discussion, coming this winter. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP