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Sears Crescent Model in Jacksonville
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The nonprofit Riverside-Avondale Preservation is spotlighting a set of remarkable buildings in Jacksonville: three build-it-yourself homes you could order from the Sears Catalog - also known as the “Big Book” -  in the early part of the 20th century. 

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The Jacksonville Historical Society is getting ready to put the wrap on its contest gathering photos that best represent life today in Jacksonville.

Hemming Park

Friends of Hemming Park, the organization in charge of running downtown Jacksonville's central park, recently stopped live music in during the park's weekday lunch hours due to budget constraints and feedback from City Council that city dollars should not be spent on programming or events. 

That announcement came on the heels of city government  concerns over a recent audit and a general reduction of funding for the group.

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On Tuesday night, Jacksonville residents drank to history at an event focusing on the Bold City’s bygone brews.

The sudsy shindig was one in a series of celebrations meant to foster a better understanding of the city’s history among the younger generation.

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A Jacksonville couple has donated $75,000 to continue the development of Hemming Park.

The Friends of Hemming Park nonprofit plans to use the money to keep people coming downtown.

The group’s president Wayne Wood says the block had a completely different vibe just a year ago.

“The most significant change in the park is not any single thing except what it feels and sounds like. The park feels safe. It’s beautiful. There are people in the park,” Wood said.

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A proposal to close off public river access in Avondale has residents passionately split. Many spoke at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

For more than two hours, locals debated whether the city should close the St. Johns River access point at the intersection of Richmond Street and Little Van Wert Avenue.

Many, like Don Calcer are in favor of the closure. He says the patch of land is overgrown and dangerous.       

Calcer said, "That easement has been used regularly for drugs, fights, fires, sex, truancy, a latrine [and] gang graffiti."