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Northwest Jacksonville is an urban core district of 19 residential neighborhoods and two commercial corridors, one at Moncrief and Myrtle and another on Kings Road. During the 2012 listening sessions that began Northwest Jacksonville’s EPIC journey of redevelopment, residents voted to honor their community’s historic past and announced a new era of vitality by proclaiming it “The District of Soul.” The area is home to two historic educational institutions: Edward Waters College, founded in 1866 to educate freed slaves, and Stanton College Preparatory School, one of the highest rated public high schools in America. Another District of Soul landmark, J.P. Small Memorial Park, was the city’s first municipal recreation field and served as Jacksonville’s primary baseball park until 1953. Famous players who took the field at J.P. Small Memorial include Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ty Cobb.
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:
Northwest Jacksonville was one of two neighborhoods selected for this initiative. Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation 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.
Learn more about Northwest Jacksonville in our latest Quality of Life report.