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What If Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up?, Photo by Lance Asper

What If Jacksonville Suddenly Woke Up?

Some say Jacksonville is a diamond that wants to remain coal. What would it be like if Jacksonville were a city that didn’t hate itself… led by people who acknowledged its achievements? Here are a few things that possibly would have happened in New York, Rome, London Paris, Seattle, or San Francisco if the leaders that made them into Great Cities had been given our city and history. The Southern Music Hall of Fame would be open and full to capacity somewhere in downtown. , and The Allman Brothers would have exhibits there and all the music aficionados would know …

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Jon Batiste, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Photo by Brandi Hill

The 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Swings Thru Downtown May 25-27

When tradition is used as a guidebook, it leaves space for change and limitless growth potential. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a Memorial Day tradition that continues to evolve with the changing face of the Downtown area. As one of the largest jazz festivals in the country, the 2017 brings the city streets to life May 25-27 with a vibrant street festival atmosphere. Experience the thrill of live music on three stages, local food, art, the Jazz Marketplace, and more, throughout 15 blocks of . This year, the Jazz Festival lineup include such legendary artists as , Chick Corea Trio, …

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River City Brewing Company, Southbank, Jacksonville, FL, Lee Holt

River City Brewing Company – Southbank Brewery & Restaurant with a View

River City Brewing Company Jacksonville should rediscover a long-time brewery situated on the City’s snuggled between the and . River City Brewing Company features a nautical venue reflecting the maritime heritage of Jacksonville with expansive views of the city’s downtown skyline and the “river that runs north,” the St. Johns. Brewing is just a part of what they offer. On-site , , , and starts out a brew tasting with a view that’s hard to find. “We offer great riverfront dining,” says General Manager , a 14-year veteran of the restaurant, “and have hosted , , the Olsen twins and many …

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Southbank, Jacksonville, FL, Old Riverwalk Lumber, metrojax

Eco Relics: Home Decor with a bit of Southbank History

The Southbank area’s history is quite the study in vicissitude, full of highs and lows and ornamented with unfulfilled promises and ideas. It’s a beautiful area and should be one of Jacksonville’s most desirable attractions—you know, that postcard shot. , considered the grandfather of Florida’s major tourist attractions, was once there, but fire destroyed it nearly a century ago. There have been minor victories, mainly River Fountain, but that is a far cry from the Perkins & Perkins Architects-designed “festive waterfront public space,” which opened in 1985 under the leadership of mayor . Wait, so what does this all have …

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Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2015

A lot has changed in the 34 years since a modest crowd gathered in the historic fishing village for the first ever . Growing pains paved the way to venue changes, an expanded festival schedule and booming attendance throughout the years. One constant that has remained relentlessly intact is the caliber of artistry at the festival and the unwavering commitment to jazz in all of its forms. Formerly billed as the Mayport and All That Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Fest evolved from a small, single day event to a nationally recognized destination at  produced by and partners. The  took …

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Downtown, In Focus

In the immortal words of former Jacksonville Mayor , “As your Downtown goes, so goes your city.” So then, how are things Downtown going today? The number of Downtown residents is the highest it’s been in decades, and residential properties are more than 90% occupied. Downtown office vacancy rates continue to drop each year. Crime in Downtown accounts for only 2% of serious crime in the entire City of Jacksonville. And, Downtown has more parking than , not including . Downtown champions are hard at work. The  has created a Spark Grant program for Downtown revitalization through the arts. , …

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