Arlington is many things to many people. Drive a mile or two in Arlington and you’ll find a mix of the bad and the good – natural beauty, depressing neglect, rampant litter, fascinating history and culture, and the contrasts between the area’s past and its present. Yet what Arlington lacks in trendiness it makes up for in scenery. Here’s a look at some of the sights that make up the daily routine in the place I call home.
The Regency Square food court is down to five surviving restaurants.
The carnival crew prepares to unload ticket signs from a trailer parked outside Sears on Regency Square’s west side.
A southbound view from the Times-Union building, with Baptist Medical Center across the river.
Award-winning photos line the walls of the second-floor hallway of the Times-Union newsroom.
Descending fog begins to devour the buildings of downtown Jacksonville, as viewed from the Times-Union building.
A warning sign that speaks for itself, bordering Jacksonville Port Authority land in Arlington. How could a person wear all that stuff?
A shady path at the old Blue Cypress Golf Club in Arlington.
The Miss Susan is ready to go at the Arlington Marina, with the skyscrapers of downtown in the distance.
An old-time Arlington landmark: Norman Laboratories, site of pioneering work in the film industry during the 1910s and 1920s.
A close-up view of a twisted, tangled sculpture at Jacksonville University in Arlington.
A look from behind the bullpen as Indiana players warm up before baseball at JU.
A University of Indiana pitcher stands outside Sessions Stadium before the Hoosiers’ baseball game with JU.
The tangled, moss-draped trees of old Arlington.
A new Arlington view: The Larry Strom Amphitheatre, on the JU campus overlooking the river.
A view of downtown, as seen through the masts of boats on the Arlington side of the St. Johns River.
Two palm trees frame the Mathews Bridge, with a view of downtown Jacksonville.
A look up the foul line at JU’s Sessions Stadium as Indiana players warm up for baseball.
A rare sight – a plane flying just feet above the St. Johns River, viewed from near the JU baseball field.
A riverbank view of a fountain, the towers of downtown, and loading equipment as seen from near the JU Marine Science building in Arlington.
Metal sculptures in front of the Phillips Fine Arts Building at Jacksonville University.
A bright view of an explanatory sign near the Timucuan Preserve in extreme northeast Arlington.
Bright sunlight illuminates the Ribault Column near Fort Caroline.
Two planes cross on parallel runways at Craig Field in East Arlington.
Ostrich? Flamingo? It’s a whimsical bird statue made of twisted twigs at the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens in Arlington.
A view of Lake Ray, near Monument Road. Across the lake, several people are viewing the lake from the opposite observation area.
Yes, it’s time for pond scum. This slimy scene is not far from Fort Caroline.
A sparkling view of the grasses of Spanish Pond, less than a mile south of Fort Caroline.
A stunning sunset over the river.
Dolphins in the St. Johns River, as viewed from Blue Cypress Golf Club in Arlington.