The Jaxson On WJCT

Thursdays during Morning Edition

The Jaxson on WJCT is a 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.

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The Jaxson

As the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior this week, do you know about his connections to Jacksonville?

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Join The Jaxson on Thursday, Jan. 24, for a free discussion focusing on the impact of Jacksonville's changing demographics on current and future transportation initiatives called Getting There in Jacksonville: A Changing City Confronts Its Transportation Future.

This event is FREE, bur RSVPs are requested. REGISTER HERE.

Schedule:

aerial photo of the site of the future complex
Jacksonville Daily Record

An affordable housing complex is on track to break ground in Brooklyn this year.

As Mike Field tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the project could help those who were pushed out of the once-thriving working-class neighborhood, move back.

Brightline train on track
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A railroad company called Virgin Trains USA is going public, and its plans include possibly connecting Jacksonville to the rest of Florida.

Ennis Davis tell WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo more about those plans in The Jaxson on WJCT.

The Jaxson: How Streetcars Shaped Jacksonville's Urban Core

Dec 27, 2018
State Archives of Florida / Via The Jaxson

Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo about the street cars that built the city's urban core in The Jaxson on WJCT.  

The shape of Jacksonville’s urban core is largely thanks to a transportation system that no longer exists.  By 1898, Jacksonville had 12 miles of streetcar lines in operation. 

The Jaxson: Brooklyn ‘Road Diet’ Plan Includes 2-Way Protected Bike Lane

Dec 19, 2018
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The Jaxson

Jacksonville’s first urban, two-way cycle track is coming to the Brooklyn neighborhood.

Dan Herbin tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo what that means in this edition of The Jaxson on WJCT.

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The Jaxson

An art-deco style building in downtown Jacksonville is set to be demolished and turned into a parking lot.

But as Dan Herbin tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo in the Jaxson on WJCT, the former Gulf Life Insurance Building deserves to be spared.

The Jaxson

Buildings that interact with the pedestrian at street level, inside and out, are a key ingredient for any retail friendly downtown.

The Jaxson

Bike share could be coming to downtown Jacksonville.

This coming Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is expected to hear pitches from four operators who want to roll into town.

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Modern Cities

The Gullah Geechee were formerly enslaved people who settled in the Low Country, from North Carolina to North Florida.

The single largest concentration of their descendants came to Jacksonville, but the city hasn’t largely celebrated that culture.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Artisan food is proving to be good business for a cluster of small-scale producers in the San Marco area.

The handcrafted food trend that’s taking hold there could help propel those businesses beyond Jacksonville, according to Mike Field, co-founder of Modern Cities. 

WJCT

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

Jaguars

As a part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Congress established a new community development program now known as Opportunity Zones to drive long-term private sector investment into low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

The Jaxson

The old house at 2000 Forbes Street in Riverside’s Five Points district is undergoing a transformation.

The Jaxson Presents Forgotten Spaces: Places Reimagined. Tuesday 10.23 6-8 pm at WJCT
Abby Weiss

If you missed the chance to get tickets for tonight's live event, watch it here or on WJCT's Facebook Page starting at 6:30 p.m.

This month, WJCT hosts the first-ever live event as part of our partnership with Modern Cities: The Jaxson.

Forgotten Spaces: Places Reimagined is on October 23 at WJCT Studios. 

View of Acosta and Fuller Warren bridges from a downtown skyscraper.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Jacksonville next month commemorates the 50th anniversary of its consolidated government.

Combining the city with Duval County was a way to deal with a host of problems it was having in the late 1960s.

As Bill Delaney tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, other Florida cities took different approaches to the same problems, and they have fared worse in the long run.

@SanMarcoTrain via Twitter

Though it has largely flown under the radar, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and its partners have quietly launched an ambitious bid that could ultimately bring passenger rail back to Downtown Jacksonville and spark millions in development in the process. 

Via The Jackson

The proposed Hyatt Place hotel across from the Jacksonville Landing serves as an example of how community awareness and advocacy can reshape decisions at the planning level that then incrementally lead to a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly outcome.

Jimmy Delaney / WJCT News

City planners will soon begin taking public input on the redevelopment of Jacksonville’s historically African-American neighborhood of LaVilla, just west of downtown.  

Downtown Investment Authority via The Jaxson

As interest in Jacksonville's historic inner neighborhoods grows, terms like Urban Core, Downtown and even Downtown Core are becoming common parts of local parlance. But what exactly do these terms refer to? Here are some definitions.

The Jaxson: James Weldon Johnson Deserves To Be Celebrated

Aug 8, 2018
The Jaxson

James Weldon Johnson is, without exaggeration, the single most accomplished person ever to come from Jacksonville or Florida.

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The Jaxson

Many of the places we frequent today in Jacksonville have a shared history — as gas stations.

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W.G Dayton via Flickr

As we talk about redeveloping Jacksonville’s downtown, we can learn from the revitalization journey of another large city: St. Louis.

table spread with hot sauce
Kristen Penoyer for Gilbert's

The number of food halls in the U.S. is expected to triple within the next five years.

As The Jaxson Editor in Chief Ennis Davis said, the First Coast is just beginning to get a taste of this dining trend, with a “mini” food hall at Jacksonville Beach: Gilbert’s.

bridge in the park overgrown with plants
The Jaxson

Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for "unbending of the faculties." 

Northeast Florida Regional Airport via Facebook

Jacksonville travelers have seven new flights to choose from, after low-cost Frontier Airlines announced it’s adding direct flights to places like San Antonio and Las Vegas.

Moncrief Prepares To Lose Its Food Desert Status

May 14, 2018
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Modern Cities

A new city law puts money toward incentivizing grocery stores to open in Northwest Jacksonville, an area seen as a food desert.

As Bill Delaney with The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, one store is already in the works at the southeast corner of Moncrief Road and Myrtle Avenue.

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Modern Cities

The population of Northeast Florida has grown significantly since the last census.

As Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, the vast majority of the growth has been in the counties surrounding Jacksonville.

Downtown Jacksonville Could See Hotel Boom

Apr 30, 2018
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Marriott Hotels via Instagram

When Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan this month unveiled his latest plans for developing the Shipyards and Metropolitan Park, the renderings included a waterfront hotel.

As Mike Field with The Jaxson tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, Khan’s is just one of several hotels being planned for downtown Jacksonville.

The new proposals end a 16-year hotel construction drought, he said, after the Hyatt Riverfront opened to great fanfare in 2001.

Glen Myra Was A Mixed-Use Neighborhood Before It Was Cool

Apr 23, 2018
Modern Cities

Walkable neighborhoods are trendy these days – and they were also the trend in the early 1900s.

But by mid-century, walkability gave way to sprawling suburbs.

Kelsi Hasden with The Jaxson told WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo why this time around could be different, by focusing on the story of one neighborhood on Jacksonville’s Eastside called Glen Myra.

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