I started working at a brand new Jacksonville HVAC repair and installation company. The Jacksonville HVAC repair and installation company handles all of the work for many of the high-rise apartment buildings downtown. I’ve never even been to any of the high-rise apartment buildings until this week. My coworker and I went to a Jacksonville apartment building that is located downtown. The building has 15 floors and my coworker and I were installing brand new heating and pulling equipment in a penthouse. I could see everything from the top of the building. I could see the football stadium and halfway to the beach. It was a beautiful view. I told my co-worker that I could see living in an apartment like this right in the middle of the city. When we were done with the Jacksonville HVAC repair and installation job, I asked the manager for more information on the monthly rent. When I found out how much monthly rent it cost for the penthouse, I nearly started coughing. The cost for the apartment building for one month of rent is more than I make in 3 months. There’s no way that anyone like me could ever afford to live downtown. I have to spend my time looking for a place on the North side or the west side, where there is real estate for people like me with blue collar jobs and five dollars in their bank account. Jacksonville is starting to become more and more like other cities in the state of Florida. People can’t afford to live in the city unless they make more than six figures a year.