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.

Jessica Palombo

The owner of the Jacksonville Armada wants to build a soccer stadium on the city’s Eastside, just north of the existing venues for baseball, football and hockey. 

Surrounding the city land where the soccer stadium is being proposed is a historically black community that has struggled with economic development, and residents there are looking at their potential new neighbor with a mix of skepticism and hope.

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

A few years back, Jacksonville’s Mandarin Museum and Historical Society acquired an old African American schoolhouse and opened it to the public. 

What is the role of food in city planning? The Jaxson invites you to an evening exploring how authentic, local restaurants, bars, public markets, and food halls are becoming essential ingredients in revitalizing urban commercial scenes across the country, even as traditional retail chains struggle. 

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

About a year and a half ago, business owners in the area west of Downtown Jacksonville came together to rebrand their neighborhood as the Rail Yard District.

The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis and I visited one of the longest-running of those businesses, the Jacksonville Farmers Market, so we could learn how the Rail Yard District Business Council defines success.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

As part of this year’s state budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis is considering more than half-a-million dollars to build a park in Arlington that would honor the descendants of formerly enslaved people, the Gullah Geechee. The Gullah Geechee people lobbied for what will be called Freedom Park.

The Jaxson: Storage Center Proposed For Murray Hill's First Block

May 8, 2019
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When the suburb of Murray Hill Heights was platted in 1906 its main thoroughfare, Murray Hill Avenue, was envisioned to be a landscaped boulevard served with a streetcar line similar to St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

If you watched the NFL Draft, you may have noticed the bustling street in Nashville behind the sports anchors.

As The Jaxson’s Bill Delaney says, the story of Nashville’s lower Broadway parallels that of downtown Jacksonville’s Laura Street.

But as he tells News Director Jessica Palombo, Laura Street’s momentum could be in jeopardy, depending on the city’s plan to replace The Jacksonville Landing.

Jacksonville Daily Record

If you don't know your urban redevelopment past you are doomed to repeat it. In The Jaxson on WJCT, Kelsi Hasden shares a couple of revitalization observations regarding the premature demise of a heavily incentivized proposal to convert the skeleton of Berkman 2 into a hotel and nearby contaminated property into an amusement park and parking garage.

The Jaxson

JEA is preparing to move its headquarters just a few blocks to the southwest in downtown Jacksonville.

But as The Jaxson’s Mike Field tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in this week's segment, the slight move could have a big impact on walkability in the area.

The Jaxson: Is A Dog Park The Right Move For Downtown?

Apr 10, 2019
The Jaxson

Is public input really being considered as downtown Jacksonville is developed? The following is a commentary from WJCT News partner The Jaxson:

As the Main Street Pocket Park is poised to become a dog park, we have to ask: is simply repeating the mistakes of the past really a wise use of taxpayer money?

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Landing is set to be at least partly demolished under a settlement the City Council approved last week.

As the city considers what’s next for the waterfront property, The Jaxson’s Mike Field wants us to think about this: Except for one parking garage, there hasn’t been any new, private construction on downtown Jacksonville’s Northbank in close to two decades. 

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March is Women’s History Month.

Jacksonville’s piece of that history includes two notable women who lived here at the turn of the last century — and who happen to have rhyming names.

The Jaxson

Many may say Jacksonville doesn't want to become the next Atlanta but the growing width of its interstate system suggests that's where the River City is headed. Here's a brief look and update on the development of the First Coast's first express lane project as it pushes closer to completion.

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The Jaxson

Trevato Development Group plans to break ground on an adaptive reuse project in the Brooklyn neighborhood that will convert 339 Park St. and 301 Park St. into Jacksonville’s first food hall.

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The Jaxson

Thursday is the last day of Black History Month. For Jacksonville, it’s a history that includes brushes with some of the nation’s most prominent black historical figures.

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