City Stories

Jacksonville, FL

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The Short Jacksonville Ghetto Story

The city strictly known as “DUVAL”, Jacksonville has been a reputable city in North Florida from the days of discrimination towards African-Americans to the days of the streets labeling Jacksonville as the “Murder Capitol of Florida”.

Brief History on Jacksonville Neighborhoods

Discrimination and segregation was often promoted in the school districts, workforce, and in the communities of Jacksonville.

These racial problems make the history of Jacksonville no different from any other city located in the south, especially during the Jim Crow days.

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The New Town neighborhood

Jacksonville history begins with the first black communities in Duval County, during the late 1800s and early 1900s, being places like Davis Street’s LaVilla and Sugar Hill, Durkeeville, New Town, and the East Side around Florida Avenue.

The biggest and most known were the two areas of LaVilla and Sugar Hill, Jacksonville’s old entertainment and business district for the city’s black population.

Some of these neighborhoods were built for the black middle class and would later be the location of some of the first housing projects in Florida, like Durkeeville and the Blodgett Homes.

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The rebuilt Blodgett Homes

The Jacksonville black population would later expand into areas off of Moncrief Road and into other sections of WestSide Jacksonville and NorthSide Jacksonville, eventually changing the community’s demographics.

The change within the community started with urban renewal projects and school integration, as well as busing students to schools outside of their neighborhood.

Lavilla and Sugar Hill was mostly displaced by the medical center and Interstate 95, while the removal of segregation in housing and in schools helped the black population increased in Northside Jacksonville and Westside Jacksonville during the 60s and 70s.


Jacksonville Ghetto: ‘Hoods & Communities

Many Jacksonville neighborhoods, since the late 1990s, have been going through gentrification within the “Urban Core”, a part of the city that is located in parts of the North, West and East sides.

Below is some of the ‘hoods and communities of Westside Jacksonville, Northside Jacksonville and more.

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5020 Cleveland Arms

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Pearl World

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Myrtle Ave.

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HarborView off of Soutel

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McDuff Ave

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*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research.  Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.