OUTSIDE THE DISTRICTS
Not all of Midtown lies in a historic district. Most of these areas lie to the west between Florida Street and I-65, but gerrymandered within the inner most parts of Midtown are commercial districts and post WWII neighborhoods that are essential to the character of our City. Most of these neighborhoods exhibit the westward expansion from the 1930's to the 1960's. They contain some of the best examples of neighborhoods from the mid-twentieth centuries version of the American Dream. Much like the streetcar suburbs that occupy much of the eastern parts of Midtown, these areas shifted from the traditional grid system (comparable to Downtown and Oakleigh). The streetcar suburbs followed established street grid pattern with some minor leafing out as you can see with North Monterey, Flo Claire, and Ashland Place. The lots were generally narrow and deep; the houses presented their shorter side as the street façade. The new post-war auto-dependent suburbs were based upon two rock-solid realities: cheap land and cheaper gasoline. Their blocks tended to be larger, much wider and sometimes irregular in shape. Individual lots were much wider and larger as well. These are not, however, examples of the overindulgences of modern suburbia. These areas are some of the most charming in the City and will continue to prosper due to their perfect blend of space and location. Surprisingly, Jackson Place (est. 1897) lies outside of the historic districts. This streetcar suburb displays an azalea-filled median, classic architectural styles, and a unique sense of identity.
source:Jonathon & Donna Fricker
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