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Archives: Neighborhoods

Wynwood

By Paul S. George In the months leading up to America’s entry into World War I, in April 1917, Wyndwood (sic), located in the northeast environs of the City of Miami, announced itself to the public. The developers of the new subdivision chose that name, proffered in a “Lot Contest,” by a Mrs. Ward, who, …

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The Roads

By Paul S. George The Roads neighborhood is one of the city of Miami’s most attractive residential communities, and an exception to the malaise that many center city neighborhoods experienced in post-World War II America with the mass movement of residents to suburbia. Instead, the Roads, so named for its north-south street numbers bearing the …

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Spring Garden

By Paul S. George Spring Garden is one of Miami-Dade County’s most historic neighborhoods. Located on the north bank of the Miami River, Spring Garden is named for a freshwater spring, along with a thick subtropical hammock that covered it prior to its residential development. This quaint, shady neighborhood stretches from the Miami River north …

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Silver Bluff

A Historical Overview of a Miami Neighborhood By Paul S. George The Silver Bluff neighborhood is named for one of Mother Nature’s most stunning gifts to Greater Miami, a silver bluff running for miles along or near the crystalline waters of Biscayne Bay. Thousands of years ago, a ridge of gray limestone was exposed and …

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Shenandoah

The Story of Shenandoah By Dr. Paul S. George “Shenandoah” is the name applied to the old Miami neighborhood stretching from S.W. 12th Avenue to S.W. 27th Avenue, from S.W. 8th Street/Calle Ocho to Coral Way/ S.W. 22nd Street. The name is derived from two subdivisions, South Shenandoah and Shenandoah Amended, both products of the …

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Palm Grove

By Paul S. George Palm Grove, the City of Miami’s largest residential historic district, is bounded on the north by the meandering Little River near Northeast 77th Street, and Northeast 58th Street on the south; from the rear property lines of buildings on the west side of bustling Biscayne Boulevard on the east to the …

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Overtown

By Paul S. George As Jim Crow was sweeping the South in the 1890s, Miami, a tiny settlement straddling its namesake river, was radically transformed with the entry of Henry M. Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway in 1896. By July of that year, Miami had incorporated as a city, an event made possible by a …

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OMNI

The OMNI Neighborhood Sandwiched between Biscayne Bay and the Flagler East Coast Railway tracks, and just north of downtown Miami, the Omni neighborhood emerged during the boom years as the mercantile district for the City of Miami. Besides warehouses, art deco buildings, and fashionable stores catering to tourists and locals alike, the area also was …

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Little Havana

By Paul S. George Stretching from Coral Way to the Miami River in a north-south trajectory, and from that same river and I-95 to S.W./N.W. 37th Avenue, in an east-west axis stands Little Havana, one of Miami’s most famous neighborhoods. At its heart is the area on both sides of Southwest Eighth Street, the famed …

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Liberty City

By Paul S. George Stretching from Northwest 7th Avenue to Northwest 27th Avenue, in an east-west direction, and from State Road 112 to roughly 79th Street, from south to north, Liberty City is the largest African American neighborhood in Miami. In the mid-1920s, amid Greater Miami’s real estate boom, Floyd W. Davis, a white developer …

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