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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:20 AM   #1
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The oddball of Florida: If this is what makes us odd, I'm happy with that!

Starting off with two panoramas. These are simply attempts. I have a new camera and I haven't learned even 10% of it yet. I took this using motion control and fast snaps to maintain a level shot. There are some disconnects and a little bit of contrast from right to left. There is a pan feature on my camera that I don't know how to use yet.





Both pictures taken from the base of the Ortega Bridge this past Sunday.
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Food.

First pictures taken at the Brick. I ordered beef tenderloin benedict, and other dishes at the table were varied. I forgot to take pictures of the food because it just never occurred to me, but the pictures are of the inside of the restaurant.

The second pictures were taken at 'town, just down from the Brick. Both of the meals were brunch type meals over the past weekend. 'town was a bit of a letdown because I ordered the market fish, which was red snapper, and out came salmon. The waiter tried to convince me I was wrong and that the red snapper literally was red. I honestly at first thought it might have been someone else's dish. I wasn't too impressed with the bed of mushrooms, either, but the three tater tots you see were absolutely delicious. All of the ingredients are supposed to be local and organic, but I saw no evidence of that effect. I probably won't be going back.

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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:24 AM   #3
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A large photo/pan:

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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:26 AM   #4
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Jacksonville International Airport:

Guys, we really have a cool airport. It might be small, but it is NICE. It is very fast and efficient, and it offers lots of great service. It is clean, too. The bars/restaurants are very good for airport places and there are several worthy shops (the PGA Tour shop/Jax shop, a Haskell gallery, Brighton Collectibles, and a Brooks Brothers). The whole space is very airy and definitely points visitors in the right direction of a progressive Jacksonville on the move. The color scheme is appropriate, too. I really just can't say enough.

A model of what the airport will look like when built out in a decade (or less depending on growth).




Space still UC (recently remodeled)




The above photo seen from the plane:


Haskell gallery had some interesting art:




There was of course live music in the atrium:




One of many food spots, the food court in the concourse with Sbarro, Freshens, and Quizno's.


One of the new concourses:


Planes at the airport:
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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:27 AM   #5
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The area where I took the panoramas.

Baker Point and the Ortega Bridge Park are relatively new (~6 years) public parks at the foot of the Ortega Bridge. They were largely financed by private donations from individuals in the Ortega area, namely the Bakers. They are very very popular parks and serve as small scale examples of what Jacksonville should have in all of its parks. They also offer the best skyline views and beautiful views of the river.











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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:20 AM   #7
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Riverside Arts Market

This is a weekly art market held under the Fuller Warren bridge (I-95). There are lots of local art and local produce vendors, live music, entertainers, and just an excuse to be out and about on a Saturday.

I would say that for Florida, and even for the South, Jacksonville is kind of artsy fartsy in a funky sort of way. I have never been to a city with so many art shows/walks and with the same amount of local produce being sold everywhere. I live in Atlanta now, but going to art walks in Midtown and Piedmont Park and searching for local produce vendors makes one want to cry. I guess Jacksonville is just fortunate enough to have good weather, lots of scenery in the area, St. Augustine, Amelia Island, and lots of old, funky neighborhoods. There are weeks in Jacksonville where six similar art shows will take place in one week all over town, just by coincidence.

The other thing that was funny to me was seeing everyone bundled up. It was 63-83 for the previous week or so, and then a cold front came through and the high dropped to maybe 68 or 70. Don’t get me wrong, Jax can get pretty cold in January and February, but coming down from Atlanta where even I thought Atlanta was too hot for this time of year made me laugh to realize that to these people 60s is cold.

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Scenes from an early winter weekend









There were soooo many birds out all weekend!






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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:44 AM   #10
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Near the Riverside Art Market, people can walk to a host of other places. Riverside is one of Jacksonville’s most dense neighborhoods with densities in some areas well above 6,000 people per square mile. Riverside used to be the bohemian/counter-culture hub of Jacksonville, but is now the hub of art and gay life in Jacksonville. There is a good mixture between yuppies, hippies, gays, and the elderly in the neighborhood, which is also served now by a continuously running trolley. This will definitely be the first Jacksonville neighborhood to see streetcars and there is already a push for that.

Residents of this neighborhood can walk to dozens of restaurants and bars, a theater, a neighborhood Publix, several churches, and a host of stores. People can also walk to two great parks (one is photographed), one of the South’s best art museums (personally I think it is the best in FL, though because Salvador Dali is one of my favorite artists I enjoy that museum in St. Pete…another artsy town). There are also tons of B&B’s in the area, but no standard hotels.

An example of the average Jacksonville bus stop: a concrete bench with a sign. There is a comprehensive sign ordinance in Jacksonville guarded by a prominent attorney. Many would like to see a public-private partnership where private companies sponsor a bus station with space for an advertisement (what most cities do), but this would involve the unraveling of the sign ordinance, which this lawyer fiercely protects. Parts of the ordinance are legitimate, but the language is too general and includes too many things.








Jacksonville Women’s Club, purchased by the Cummer and currently being refurbished, originally constructed in 1927.






The Garden Club




Another dismal bus stop.
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Side note about the Cummer:

The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

Ninah Cummer (pronounced Nine-Uh) launched the museum from her private collection in 1961. The current building was constructed at that time on the site of the Cummer house. The Cummers made their money in timber, and to this day you can find old Cummer hardwood floors in many old mansions across the city. Ninah was an avid gardener and travelled the world to pull ideas, and she eventually created several very famous gardens with the help of such firms as the Olmsted Brothers and the famous landscape designer Ellen Biddle Shipman. There is an Upper Gardens, the Olmsted Garden, the English Garden, and the Italian Garden. These gardens remain on the exact site as they were originally created in 1903. To see the gardens, visit the museum, which also has quite a good permanent collection (Rubens, Gaddi, Steen, Lorrain, Norman Rockwell, Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, the second largest Meissen Porcelain collection in the world, and a good amount of antiquities).

The Cummer has a very active board and there are several events/fundraisers at the Cummer each year, namely the Cummer Ball and Cummer Garden Week.

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Riverside

1926 apartment building


1892 Queen Anne


1927 Riverside Presbyterian Church




1922 Riverside Presbyterian Day School


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5 Points

This was the epicenter of Bohemian/liberal life in Jacksonville, but now shares its space with yuppies and the elderly (2 large retirement buildings nearby and tons of highrise and lowrise condos filled with grandparents nearby, too). The 5 Points Theater was recently restored to its original glory, and hosts independent films, live shows/concerts, and other movies. The area is rife with independent retailers (think clothes, books, audio, organic grocers, beer/wine, tattoo/piercing, smoke shops, salons, coffee shops, pubs, and a host of good restaurants). There are two great parks within walking distance (though if you ask me, both need refurbishment). This is the type of place where you will see people walking their pet pigs and goats. This is probably one of the biggest liberal holdouts in FL, and also has a very large local gay population (there are around 5 or so gay bars/clubs in the area). You’ll also find a wicca store and various art galleries.



















I believe the owner of this business is Jewish, but he hired a bunch of young Asian girls to work there. Anyway, I was one of the only non-Jewish looking people in there at the time I got a boba tea and a pastry. For all in Jax, it was good, but not as good as Aroma Corners on Baymeadows in the Southside. Perhaps it just needs time (opened a month ago…the staff was very friendly, though).
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Residential Developments and Housing Style Around 5 Points

1661 Riverside (sadly the developer of this building and a neighbor of mine passed at a young age battling cancer recently). This is one of the best new developments in town.


It stays true to the architecture of the area and is fully leased with local shops for the most part. Zoe’s Kitchen is great (locations in Jax, Birmingham…the family has ties to Jax and Birmingham, it’s a Greek family, and Atlanta…in Peachtree Battle Station for those who live in Atlanta and want to try this place).


This place was packed when I returned from the park. I saw a large group of young people beat boxing and break dancing on the corner with a crowd at Starbucks watching.




1926 H.J. Klutho Mediterranean Revival design






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Riverside Housing (Continued)



Craftsman Masterpiece


This could very well be from the 1800s as a good amount of buildings in the area are.




Brand New Chelsea Lofts, again fitting in with the area
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Memorial Park (Riverside)


This is one of two major parks in the area. It was designed and built by the Olmsted Brothers out of Brookline, MA in 1922 (the other park, Riverside Park, was designed and built in 1893). Ninah Cummer and the local Rotary Club pushed the drive for the park (originally a very large hotel to “rival the big hotels of the East” was planned for the site). Roy Benjamin oversaw the construction of the park, and stopped plans for a floating dock to allow access from the river (gee, that would be great now…extend the riverwalk down at least ). The sculpture depicts the winged figure of youth rising from the mad maelstrom of earthly passions. It is a nude figure and caused a controversy among Riverside society when it was first unveiled. Back in the day, Riverside was the wealthiest neighborhood of Jacksonville, and the avenue was lined with so many large mansions it was known as “the Row”. All but two of these mansions and a carriage house are razed today.











The 1915 San Juline Apartments in the background


I took two separate groups’ photos in front of this thing (their cameras) when I was there.
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Views from Memorial Park, and Park Lane Tower

Park Lane Tower was constructed in 1926. The developer, Francis Mason, built out the units as co-ops, a novel idea at the time that he brought down from New York. This was Florida’s first residential high rise and really jump started the FL condo boom. It was also the 3rd tallest building in Jax for quite a while, and the first building to use “setbacks”. These setbacks allowed the upper unit owners to have balconies/open terraces. Units originally started at only $12,000.







Known as the Cloister Condominiums. The average age is probably 85 :p






A much “younger” building. Average age might only be 40 here.
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Forgot this photo of Nemours Clinic, a clinic started by Alfred duPont, who built the Nemours Mansion near Wilmington, DE and his later home, Epping Forest, here in Jacksonville. Alfred duPont is one of about 5-6 prominent, wealthy northerners who basically started Jacksonville. He is responsible for a large, multi-billion dollar trust run out of a building here that I show later on. He started the Florida National Bank, Nemours, and St. Joe.

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Jacksonville has a nickname: Hartford of the South

It is definitely still a worthy insurance hub, but not nearly like the good old days where several large companies had their HQ’s here. Today, BCBS, Aetna, Humana, AHL, Prudential, and Allstate still have their names on buildings, mainly downtown. Chicago Title was acquired by Fidelity National Financial, which is also headquartered here.

Here is BCBS’ downtown/Riverside tower. Their big campus is on the Southside of town and I show it in another previous thread.





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Time for some Urban Grit!! I know you guys like this, so here goes



Sexy new highway overpass




Annie Lytle Public School Number 4
Recently purchased by a S FL investor who sits on properties and lets them fall down. The previous owners did the same. The school was built in 1917, and was the 4th school built as part of a $1,000,000 bond issue in 1915. It originally overlooked Riverside Park, but a nearly $200 million interchange linking 95 and 10 was built directly overhead and completed this year. The fate of the building does not look good.






Reminiscent of New Orleans


Notice the “Camel Rider”. This is a staple of Jacksonville. There are tons and tons of Arabs here and you won’t find another city in the South with as many delis run by Arabs serving up various “Rider” sandwiches. This building is no longer a sandwich shop run by Arabs, though.
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