When people in Jacksonville think about urban development, they commonly think of revitalizing downtown, bringing in the next huge employer, or expanding the St. Johns Town Center, Nocatee, and other enclaves. While development in those areas is a good thing, Jacksonville’s historic urban core neighborhoods, which include predominantly African American communities, are often overlooked despite their tremendous investment potential. Arlington 20/20 was founded to address this issue in Arlington and create better economic opportunity for all by bringing together the right partners with a powerful combination of grassroots community engagement, empowerment, and inclusive development. This “recipe” is proving successful in Arlington and it is a replicable model that other urban communities can follow.
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