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Opportunity Zones (OZs) represent the latest initiative to address the socioeconomic challenges facing low income neighborhoods. The Trump administration’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes … more
What started last year as a hazy late-night group conversation during a television commercial break eventually became a music festival: SnipFest. The subject under discussion was a friend’s … more
The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Humans have only been around for roughly 200,000 years—a tiny fraction of the Earth’s existence—yet we’re destroying its natural beauty and … more
In a region where one still finds schools named in honor of Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, it’s no surprise that many folks refuse to look at local history with a critical eye. Anytime … more
George Orwell must be proud of the school choice movement. “Choice,” after all, implies that the government is empowering parents to select the best school to meet the educational needs … more
Duval County’s Charter Revision Commission met for the fourth time last Friday, Sept. 13. It was an auspicious date, to be sure, and it proved most unlucky—at least for your average … more
Toto was the hero of The Wizard of Oz. He was Dorothy’s canine companion who pulled back the huge curtain to expose a little man impersonating an all-powerful wizard. It’s the perfect … more
What do wealth, power and privilege do when they find themselves on the wrong side of public opinion? They don’t back down, that’s for sure. No, when push comes to shove, the powerful … more
I must confess, as an artist and resident of the city, I read the headline of Sean T. Smith’s Aug. 14 Backpage Editorial—“Make Jacksonville Great Already”—with a fair … more
According to Lexico, empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” It’s not city government’s strong suit. Last week, at a dramatic meeting, … more
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