Downtown Jacksonville

Clay Hackett

After a Jacksonville artist was arrested for painting city-owned utility boxes, the city could soon consider legislation that would pay artists to do the same thing.

Downtown Vision, Inc.

A public-private partnership has been formed to to revitalize Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville.


The city’s decision to return two pontoon boats ordered by Mayor Alvin Brown doesn’t mean the end of water taxis in Jacksonville.

Comedy, storefront art, and one big country music concert are what's happening this weekend on the First Coast.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival / Facebook

The annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival will have a change of scenery this year, and local businesses have mixed reviews.

Jaxon Social

The re-naming of a local restaurant and the opening of a new market has raised the question: What do you call someone who lives in Jacksonville?

A new event begins Thursday night that brings together food trucks, farmers and artists in an attempt to bring people to downtown Jacksonville in the evenings.

One Spark / Facebook

After the major success of the 2014 One Spark festival in Jacksonville last week, the founders of One Spark are headed to New York for a whirlwind media tour, including a stop at the New York Stock Exchange.

Tony Allegretti / Facebook

Considered by many to be a visionary leader in Jacksonville's cultural landscape, Tony Allegretti is leaving his post at the JAX Chamber to become the next executive director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

One Spark / Facebook

Now that the 2014 One Spark festival has concluded, what comes next for downtown Jacksonville?

The Elbow

There’s a new local music compilation being released to celebrate the energy and creativity of the 2014 One Spark festival.

Jacksonville Downtown Marketing Collaborative

One Spark is not only a platform for innovators and entrepreneurs, it’s also a showcase for Jacksonville’s urban core.

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What is Jacksonville’s brand? Some say we may be getting closer to an answer.

Karen Feagins

A Jacksonville developer has plans to turn the historic Barnett building in downtown Jacksonville into an innovation center which he believes will be a hub for the startup scene in the Southeastern United States.

The 18-story building will house the international headquarters for One Spark, an expanded Cowork Jacksonville and the business accelerator KYN, according to Steve Atkins, Managing Director of Southeast Development Group.

One Spark / Facebook

One Spark 2014 will kick off in one week, flooding Jacksonville with an estimated 150,000 visitors.

The event, which runs from April 9-14, stretches 20 square blocks with 77 venues and displays from more than 630 projects for visitors to enjoy.

Festival-goers cans also expect the expansion of a two-block food village on Laura Street between Adams  and Bay streets.

Emily Long / WJCT

Several Jacksonville organizations are collaborating to clean and beautify the city's downtown in preparation of the One Spark festival, including Hemming Plaza.

Michaela Gugliotta

Musicians from around the country are being invited for a week to be part of the music scene in downtown Jacksonville.

Super Food Truck / Facebook

The owners and patrons of Jacksonville's food trucks have been speaking out this week following proposed city legislation some say would make operating the mobile eateries impossible.

First Coast Success: Jim Winston

Feb 24, 2014
Karen Brune Mathis

James Horner Winston is a Jacksonville civic and business leader who serves as the heart of companies and causes, including the Winston Family YMCA under development in Riverside.

One Spark

In its second year, the One Spark festival has more than tripled the amount of private investment funding available for creators.

Jeff Wright / Flickr

Full redevelopment could be in store for one of Jacksonville’s best known waterfront venues, and the Bold City isn’t the only metro hoping to capitalize on a waterfront business revival.

Karen Feagins

The leaders of Jacksonville’s One Spark Festival are not only growing the event here in town, they want to make One Spark a global brand by replicating the idea in other cities internationally.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Budding entrepreneurs in Jacksonville were able share ideas or possibly find investors Thursday, known to some as International Collaboration Day. 

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The First Coast's first weekend of 2014 offers comedy, rodeo, dance, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to make a new best friend.

For a city that boasts more than 836,000 residents, access to the Alantic Ocean and the St. Johns River, and an NFL Football team, what do people think of when they hear the name Jacksonville?

Escaped convicts, downtown Jacksonville, and The Satanic Temple are in the headlines today.

Cherish Perrywinkle, downtown Jacksonville, and infectious diseases are in the headlines today.

Fifth World Art / Flickr

A public workshop is set for tonight looking at the future of The Jacksonville Landing.

George Zimmerman, the death penalty, and Jeb Bush are in the headlines today.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Jacksonville’s new Downtown Investment Authority is kicking off a series of community meetings this week. They want the public input on a new plan for the city's Urban Core.

The meetings are a chance for residents to speak out about what they think are the most important issues related to downtown development — whether that means housing, streetscape improvements, parks and recreation, business recruitment, or all of the above.