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"Jacksonville is flush with first-rate local breweries, and at least one world-class local distillery. And, if a new bil...
05/19/2017
More drinking coming to Jacksonville?

"Jacksonville is flush with first-rate local breweries, and at least one world-class local distillery. And, if a new bill passes the Jacksonville City Council, the local liquor scene downtown will flourish even further." From FloridaPolitics

More drinking coming to Jacksonville?

05/17/2017
So far, Unity Plaza not bringing people together

"An update on the status of Unity Plaza. Btw, while Brooklyn has the potential to one day grow into a denser neighborhood, everyone would do Unity Plaza a big favor by stop comparing it to NYC's Bryant Park. They aren't alike and never will be. That's about as apples and oranges as we can make, in terms of surrounding context and environment."

So far, Unity Plaza not bringing people together

Lem Turner was born at the old family homestead just east of Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL. He was the son of Florida pi...
05/13/2017

Lem Turner was born at the old family homestead just east of Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL. He was the son of Florida pioneers, Jesse Turner (1795-1867)and Sarah Ann Blount (1796-died after the 1860 census). He was the grandson of Edward Turner and Sarah Elmore, and Redding Blount and one of his wives, probably Chloe Blansom. We have not been able to locate the burials of his parents or grandparents, but we do know where some of his brothers and sisters are buried - see additional info below the biography. Lem and his wife, Sarah, were eventually moved to Edgewood Cemetery, Jacksonville, but these old monuments still stand a Pickett Cemetery.

He owned and operated a ferry at what is now Lem Turner Road and the Trout River (Creek). He was also active in the lumber industry, owned and operated a shingle mill. His most lucrative business, though, was buying and selling land. At one time he owned what is now known as Lem Turner Park, Lake Forest, Lake Forest Hills, Highlands and large parcels of land near Capper Road (which was near the original homesite) and various other properties in North Jacksonville, FL. The road now known as Lem Turner Road was known as "Turner Ferry Road" at the turn of the century. Prior to the Civil War, there had been a bridge over the Trout River. It was burned by the yankees, so Lem started a ferry service.

The "Turner Place" is known now as Highlands. It was sold to the Duval Development Company in 1950 by the heirs of the Turner estate. The 650 acre tract ran along the north shore of the Trout River east from Blockhouse Creek. Blockhouse Creek was so named due to the old "block house" used to house the slaves. The creek that backed up to the house was later named, "Block House Creek." The tract encompassed land between Lem Turner Road and North Main Street. The eastern boundary was near the intersection of Clark and Broward Roads. The latter traversed the land parallel to the Trout River shoreline, and extended inland for about 3/4 of a mile.

09/08/2016

What do you love best about your life here in Jville?

Melissa Ross, smart, insightful conversation with Melissa Nelson, State Attorney Elect.
09/08/2016
Melissa Ross: Exclusive Melissa Nelson Interview | Metro Jacksonville

Melissa Ross, smart, insightful conversation with Melissa Nelson, State Attorney Elect.

Melissa Ross scores an exclusive interview with incoming State Attorney Melissa Nelson. Nelson's victory signaled the historic defeat of Angela Corey, the first incumbent State Attorney to be voted out of office in Florida History. The conversation is intelligent, earnest and passionate. Considering...

So, its kind of crazy how alive and vibrant downtown was.  you can always see it in the ghost images of old photos and t...
09/07/2016
Heartbreakingly Cool Footage of Downtown in 1942 | Metro Jacksonville

So, its kind of crazy how alive and vibrant downtown was. you can always see it in the ghost images of old photos and the leftover vistas of the architecture. But until you look through old film footage, it just doesn't strike you how big city Jacksonville was in the 40s and 50s.

Clarion Bell, apparently the official blogger for the City of Jacksonville thinks that the city will 'rue the day' that ...
09/05/2016
Eric Bast: Angela Corey must be defeated

Clarion Bell, apparently the official blogger for the City of Jacksonville thinks that the city will 'rue the day' that they voted Angela Corey out of office. Do you agree?

Eric Bast: Angela Corey must be defeated

8 Big Firms Hiring Near Town Center
08/31/2016
8 Big Firms Hiring Near Town Center

8 Big Firms Hiring Near Town Center

Article originally published on Transform Jax section of Moderncities.com on August 11, 2016. Meaning Better TRANSportation and Urban FORM today, for a sustainable Jacksonville tomorrow, TransForm Jax's vision is to improve the vitality and quality of life in Jacksonville through creative, innovativ...

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03/17/2016

debut of glass sculpture

The 1970s weren't the best era for America's cities and the scene in Jacksonville was not an exception. Outside of downt...
04/29/2015

The 1970s weren't the best era for America's cities and the scene in Jacksonville was not an exception. Outside of downtown, unpaved streets, industrial blight, overgrown lots, unchecked sprawl and declining established neighborhoods were quite the norm. Here's a look at the not-so-glamourous side of Jacksonville's past.

http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2015-apr-blighted-jacksonville-1970s-style

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