New Town (Jacksonville)

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New Town
Neighborhood of Jacksonville
Edward Waters College located in the northern portion of New Town
Edward Waters College located in the northern portion of New Town
New Town is located in Central Jacksonville
New Town
New Town
Location within Central Jacksonville
Coordinates: 30°20′21″N 81°40′51″W / 30.3392°N 81.6808°W / 30.3392; -81.6808
Government
 • City Council Warren A. Jones
Robin Lumb
 • State Assembly Reggie Fullwood
 • State Senate Audrey Gibson
 • U.S. House Corrine Brown (D)
ZIP Code 32209
Area code(s) 904
Website Newtownsuccesszone.com

New Town is a neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida. A primarily residential neighborhood, it is located on Jacksonville's Westside, immediately west of Downtown.

History[edit]

New Town was developed in the early 20th century for African-American workers in the railroads and industrial areas to the east, south and west. By the 21st century, the neighborhood show considerable signs of urban decay, with residents plagued by crime, failing schools, health problems, and endemic poverty. In 2008, Jacksonville mayor John Peyton and other parties established the New Town Success Zone, modeled after New York City's Harlem Children's Zone, which provides comprehensive social and educational programs and services to children in the neighborhood.[1][2]

New Town is home to Edward Waters College, Florida's oldest historically black college.

Location[edit]

New Town is located on the city's Westside, immediately northwest of Downtown. It is bounded by King Street to the north, I-95 to the west, Seminary Street to the east, and Beaver Street to the south.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ennis Davis (September 7, 2011). "Urban Neighborhoods: New Town". www.metrojacksonville.com. Metro Jacksonville. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ James B. Crooks (May 21, 2013). "New Town Success Zone Five Years Later". www.metrojacksonville.com. Metro Jacksonville. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Town Map". New Town Success Zone. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 

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