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Historic Eastside


In 1887, three adjacent communities were annexed by the City of Jacksonville to form Eastside Jacksonville: East Jacksonville, Oakland and Fairfield. Historic Eastside, as it is called today, is a community located directly to the east of Downtown Jacksonville and Historic Springfield. One of the city’s oldest urban core neighborhoods, it is home to Jacksonville’s sports and entertainment complex, including EverBank Field, the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, the Jacksonville Arena and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

In May 2012, LISC Jacksonville introduced the Sustainable Communities model to Jacksonville, with EPIC Communities (Empower People...Inspire Change). The program's five pillars include:

  • improving access to quality education;
  • fostering livable, safe, healthy environments;
  • developing, preserving and investing in the physical environment;
  • increasing family income and wealth; and
  • stimulating economic activity.

Historic Eastside/Springfield was one of two neighborhoods selected for this initiative. Operation New Hope was chosen as the convening agency. Through this initiative neighborhood residents created a vision for their neighborhood, developed goals, strategies and action plans with key measures of progress and in collaboration with LISC identified potential community partners.

Quality of Life Progress Report

Learn more about the work in Historic Eastside in our latest progress report.

Download the Report