I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, about 25 miles north of Miami. Even though it’s “the South,” people don’t have southern accents. It’s a huge mixture of accents from New York to Cuba. When it gets too cold up north or people are ready to retire, they move to Florida. (Less taxes. Seriously). When I took the long road trip back from California in February 2012, I was able to stay with my sister, whom was already in Jacksonville for a couple of years I believe.
I was amazed by the sheer size of the city. Although most of the city looks like a small town, it goes on forever. My sister and I both live in Jacksonville, but it takes me over an hour to drive to her house. When I got my DSLR in October 2012, I had to continue exploring to document what I’ve seen so far.
The photograph is of Downtown Jacksonville. To be honest, it’s kinda creepy at night. Still, there are bridges galore because the St. John’s River cuts through huge sections of the city. Yes, it’s annoying if you’re in a hurry. Instead of a straight line from Point A to Point B, you have to drive to one of two bridges to get Downtown.
Anyway, the photograph is nice. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is rear, left. This is the “Main Street Bridge,” also known as the “John T. Alsop, Jr. Bridge,” but few call it that. The city of Jacksonville has the largest population in the state of Florida at over 830,000 people. It’s the largest city by square miles in the continental U.S. Most of the people I’ve met stay in the part of town they live and work in. It’s divided into Northside, Southside, Eastside, and Westside. Yeah. And people don’t want to drive all the way over to a different side of the city if they don’t have to. So, I’ve seen parts of the city my sister hasn’t though I haven’t lived here as long.
Hopefully, I can post more about the town in the near future. Some of it is good news, some, not so much. But after doing a research paper on the city, I think it’s interesting (and necessary) to talk about.
Eric Christopher Jackson