Jacksonville is a city that, despite what it has to offer, is often given a bad reputation nationally.
As a result, potential visitors or even potential future residents are scared away from a city that they might have loved.
So to help those who are still on the fence about Jacksonville, we’ve compiled a few of the most common – and most inaccurate – myths about the city and an explanation of why they’re simply not true.
This is a reputation that’s almost inevitable because of Jax’s position in northern Florida.
And indeed, for many years Jax was more of an oversized small town than a real city. Matters aren’t helped any by the city’s long history of racial tensions and racism.
But today, Jax is as modern as just about any southern city, with a thriving population of young professionals eager to not repeat the same mistakes of previous generations.
And while we still have progress to be made – like, for example, getting rid of the shameful Confederate monument in Hemming Park – we’re hardly the Deep South here. People of all walks of life are welcomed, and city council successfully added LGBTQ residents to the city’s human rights ordinance last year – a progressive step forward for a city known as being stuck in the past.
With continued progress, that image of being stuck in the past should go away relatively soon.