Mississippi Streets: 1960s Jackson

CAPITOL STREET AT NIGHT, JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI . . . Looking East along Capitol Street.

CAPITOL STREET AT NIGHT, JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI . . . Looking East along Capitol Street.

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  1. Neonic nirvana!

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  2. Thank you for posting this picture! It helps me to remember that Jackson REALLY did look like this! My mother worked in the C and S ticket office in the Heidelberg Hotel, and we thought this was the grandest city in the world! The realization that things can change so quickly in one’s own lifetime is daunting!

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  3. It’s truly sad to see the state of decline to which our once great capital city has declined. Where there is no vision and leadership, the people and their cities perish…..

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    • As a Jackson resident, I’m completely aware of the city’s problems, but I think the decline of downtown, especially the stretch seen here, is due to economic forces and government programs such as the interstate system and Urban Renewal, not to a lack of vision or leadership. On a larger scale, there is the natural life cycle of cities and neighborhoods. West Capitol street was once the Madison of the Jackson area–a wealthy suburb made possible by easy and cheap transportation networks (streetcars). It changed because wealthy folks, followed by middle-class and then working class, decamped farther and farther out, made possible by interstates, cheap gas, and cheap automobiles. Madison itself, like all suburbs, will go through a period of decline. Ridgeland, I’m told by friends who live there, is already experiencing middle-class flight. Not sure that is due to a lack of vision, just the next city on the list to go through it.

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  4. These were the good old days, remember this quite well. You did all your shopping downtown. Thank you for posting.

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  5. I remember walking the street with dates…and the street dance one year, think that was in ’69 that I went.

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  6. I live in San Antonio, Texas but have the red dirt of Mississippi in my veins. I’m in Jackson this week and, as always when here, wonder what happened to this once vibrant city. I remember this scene above as my family travelled through Jackson in the 1960’s to reach family farther north. San Antonio has re-vitalized it’s downtown and now it is spreading out toward the suburbs. I’m writing too much here, but as I drove around downtown this evening it just puzzled me why this has happened. Seeing the comments helps, but I feel like I need to sell my house, quit my job, load up the animals and come here and wake up some souls before this is lost. It’s not the economy.

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  7. I worked for the State Department of Education in the fifties and had occasion to attend meetings in the Heidelberg Hotel, This country girl thought it was the epitomy of luxury–come to think of ii
    –I still do!

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