Our City

Tallahassee Is No Longer the Small Town Remembered

Aerial view looking east from the Civic Center toward Apalachee Parkway. Photographed in 1985. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Original print date: Nov/Dec 1990 I grew up believing the slogan: “Tallahassee: Everybody’s Hometown.” But returning after an absence of 16…

Tallahassee As I Remember It

Original print date: Spring 1983 Number, please!” said the operator, and if you asked for “Number l,” you got Byrd’s Grocery Store; what’s more, they delivered your order. In 1926, at age 5, I lived with my mother, Florence Moore…

When Life Centered On Downtown

Downtown Curbside Market in the 1910s, located where City Hall is today Original print date: Nov/Dec 1997 The son of a physician and a physician himself, George Saxon Palmer watched Tallahassee grow from a sleepy little town of 5,637 in 1920…

The Time I Stole the Governor’s Dog

It was a summer afternoon in 1930 when I stole the governor’s dog. I tried to convince myself that the dog followed me home, so it wasn’t really stealing. But I was a seven-year-old Sunday school boy, and I knew…

The Legacy of Two Tallahasssee Families

Original print date: Spring 1987 The names of some of Tallahassee’s most familiar landmarks can be traced to two patriarchs who came here in the early 1800s. Betton Hills, Meginnis Arm (the road name is spelled with one “s”) Lively…

Names of Downtown Parks Reflect City’s History

Original print date: Spring 1983 Can you name all seven of Tallahassee’s downtown parks? If so, you’re unusual. Many people don’t realize that there are seven parks, or that each is named for an individual. Originally the strip that encompasses…

How Midtown Became An Urban Dreamscape

Original print date: Jan/Feb 2005 In our search for an ideal community, there’s no need to go to the drawing board. In the heart of Tallahassee, the area now called Midtown is what urban planners strive to create: a living,…

The Transportation Change in Tallahassee

Thirty years ago, the goals of transportation infrastructure planning were simple: build more roads and widen existing ones. There wasn’t any talk of “pedestrian-friendly communities,” “multi-modal transportation districts” or “interconnectivity,” and the public’s perception of a “smart” car was the…

History of The Arts in Tallahassee

  There was a time in Tallahassee’s not-so-distant past when refrigerator displays of children’s artwork served as the only galleries in town, and the best musical performance most people got to see was their church’s choir singing on a Sunday.…