I was unemployed for almost 8 months, but recently got a job offer for a good financial company in Jacksonville out on Gate Pkwy. I'm from Orlando, so in the short term, I'll commute (It would be about 1.5 to 1.75 hours commute). However, I don't know a whole lot about Jacksonville, and I've lived in Orlando for many years.
What's the Jacksonville area like? Growing? Shrinking? Stagnating? I've lived in Orlando, and its fairly easy to appraise the city - in spite of the recession, we have a new arena being finished, and the town is fairly vibrant, if touristy.
Meanwhile, I don't know much about Jacksonville other than hearing about problems with the Jags.
I'd appreciate some feedback on the area and perceptions of the city.