In New York City, a specific accent denotes a native; same (maybe more so) with New Orleans, or Boston. When in San Francisco, if you are wondering whether someone was born there, rest assured a native of the Bay Area will rep their autochthonous superiority within minutes.
These are great cities. Each possesses a distinct environment, which incubates a unique homegrown
culture (one in which natives tend to take great pride).
But natives are only part of the story. Being a great city means people from other areas (urban, as well as rural) will find the idea of living within your municipality enticing.
Transplants — as we at Folio Weekly are lovingly calling them — are playing a huge role in the remaking of American cities. Transplants bring fresh ideas and new eyes to old problems. Their enthusiasm for their adopted cities has the potential to inspire.
Northeast Florida has been attracting its share of transplants, as of late. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Jacksonville added 9,300 residents in 2014, making the Bold City now Florida’s fastest-growing.
For this year’s Newcomers to Natives Guide, Folio Weekly talked to eight people from different backgrounds, working in a variety of industries across Northeast Florida — from art to food to service to civic and environmental concerns.
All hail from elsewhere. But more than what brought them here, we were curious to know what’s keeping them here. Is it the river? The beaches? The NFL franchise? The low cost of living? The pride in knowing they reside in the self-coined “Logistics Capital of America”?
Each transplant had their reasons. And, although some have been here only a short time, all identified their adopted home as a place of natural beauty, unfettered suburban sprawl, with a genuine and friendly native population (who knew?).