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Understanding the Current Affordable Housing Crisis: An Alternative Perspective

Words by David Jaffee Jacksonville, like many other communities across the country, is experiencing an affordable housing crisis. Over the past year, according to Redfin real estate brokerage firm, the average rent in Duval County has increased by 31%. Close to 50% of all Jacksonville renters are cost burdened (spending greater than 30% of income on rent). Jacksonville ranks consistently in the top 10 among major metropolitan areas on almost every measure of rising housing costs. When 60 Minutes devoted a segment to this issue earlier this year, they chose Jacksonville as the city to profile. The conventional wisdom about …

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LEE BRICE / BORN IN A BARN

On a warm, sunny, morning last month, I was all set up at my desk to do a Zoom interview with country music superstar Lee Brice. The clock struck 10, then 10:01,10:02 and finally 10:06. This was strange to me as there is usually a handler involved who communicates with me first and then puts the artist on. They aren’t generally late with these calls as typically I’m not the only one waiting to do an interview. This morning was different. I looked down at my muted phone and saw that “Nashville” was calling. I picked up the phone and …

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Shelter in Place

Words & photos by Janie Day The current installation at the Corner Gallery is unlike any I’ve ever seen before. You don’t stand in a room looking at framed paintings on the wall. Instead, you become immersed into Erin Kendrick’s colorful and distorted maze of textures and objects. This multi-sensory installation titled “Shelter in Place” forces you to navigate your way around large brightly painted panels depicting various scenes and symbols of Black women and girls’ experience. You sift your fingers through the sand in the sandbox as the eyes plastered on the wall stare you down. You pass through …

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Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote as of this publication date, you are not eligible to vote in Florida’s 2022 primary election on Aug. 23. Because Florida is a closed primary state, eligible voters can only vote for candidates in their same political party. Voters registered as Republican will choose among Republican candidates; voters registered as Democrat will choose among Democratic candidates. Independent and unaffiliated voters are not able to participate. Every two years, a state primary election is held 11 weeks before the general election for the purpose of nominating candidates to be voted for in the general …

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August Horoscopes

Leo Happy birthday, babe! It wouldn’t be your season without a bit of drama. Looks like this month will hold some intensity for you. You’ll face some challenges at work. Make sure to keep a level head and use self-restraint in handling things. A hot temper could make things worse. Virgo You’ll get some residual drama from your neighbor, Leo. Your difficulties will probably play out with friends or other close relationships. This hiccup will quickly pass to reveal a mellow month. Libra August will see a positive shift in how you carry yourself. Those around you will notice your …

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