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Growth Spurt

With the goal of having 10,000 people living in Downtown, a recent housing boom has city leaders thinking that number will be eclipsed within five years. More

Second Chances

For the 32,000 men and women released from state prison each year, finding work often determines whether they maintain their freedom or return to incarceration. Now, with the local unemployment rate hovering around 3 percent, Jacksonville employers are increasingly looking at a pool of potential workers they have historically avoided: people with criminal records. More

Over two centuries, the territory of the southeastern U.S. covered by longleaf pine shrank from 93 million acres to just 3 million. Many of the trees were felled to make way for more profitable loblolly and slash pines. But thanks to determined efforts the longleaf is enjoying something of a renaissance as conservationists and business rediscover some of its forgotten and remarkable qualities. More

Whether you call them ‘nodes’ or ‘themed pocket gardens,’ the Downtown waterfront activation project is getting started with a plan (and money in the budget) to revive Friendship Fountain into a destination. More here

Residents enjoy life on the water in this coastal Georgia development where wildlife abounds and so does access to Jacksonville, Fla.  More here

Danis Construction Company is the go-to company for repurposing Jacksonville's historic buildings because it likes the challenges in the often crumbling buildings — marble walls and intricate scroll work hidden behind sheetrock, abandoned vaults, secret tunnels and volumes of history. More here

One challenge facing the redevelopment of Downtown Jacksonville is its size — 2.7 square miles. Another is people’s attitudes. For a variety of reasons, it’s not a place they want to be. Could trees and green space be the tie that pulls the disparate parts of the urban core together and not only give Downtown a sense of place but make it a place for the senses?

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Film director Sean Baker wanted to tell a story about the hidden homeless, but he needed access to their world along U.S. 192 in the shadow of Disney World. The Rev. Mary Downey, executive director of the Community Hope Center in Kissimmee, opened the door for him. More here

He's known as the "builder bishop," but Archbishop Joseph Hurley played another role as Vatican diplomat. More here

Fifty years ago, Jacksonville dumped 15 million gallons of raw sewage and 90 million gallons of industrial waste into the St. Johns River – every day – and thought nothing of it. The river was dying, and no one cared. More here

The latest urban renewal proposal for downtown Jacksonville isn't about the sports complex or nightlife along the riverfront, it's about building a neighborhood with a heart for the city. More here

Florida is home to 22 types of native milkweeds - the plant everyone wants to buy to help save the monarch butterfly - but good luck finding them in local stores. Monarchs will happily lay their eggs on tropical milkweed and their hungry caterpillars will strip it clean. But butterfly experts say the tropical variety is confusing the insects and possibly doing more harm than good. More here

Talk to most people who are watching what they eat, and they talk about proteins, fats and carbohydrates. But for people in the raw food movement, it's all about the enzymes. They believe that heating food to more than 118 degrees destroys enzymes, which are proteins that break down food during digestion and reduce food's overall nutritional value. So raw foodists, as they are called, strive to eat mostly, and sometimes entirely, raw fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. It sounds extreme, and it can be, but advocates say just about anyone can see the benefits by eating as little as 50 percent of their diet in raw fruits and vegetables. More here

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