by Tim Gilmore, 7/18/2012
Jefferson and Eighth Streets near Springfield. The houses are big and beautiful. It’s hard to tell this neighborhood apart from Springfield, except that Springfield’s residents are white. Here live the city’s black teachers and writers, executives. Here lives Abraham Lincoln Lewis, founder of the Afro-American Insurance Company. The whole neighborhood will disappear. Everything will be demolished to make way for Blodgett Homes, a 654-unit public housing project
that will become the city’s densest epidemic of violent crime by the time most of it is demolished in the late 1980s, and Shands Medical Center, in conjunction with the medical program at the University of Florida located an hour and a half
away in Gainesville. At the start of the 21st century, Shands will feature its Proton Therapy Center, whose treatments doctors and cancer survivors claim to be the most revolutionary, least invasive method of killing cancer.