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📰 The Miami Herald’s ongoing series of features profiling what lies ahead for 305 neighborhoods — we made mention of the paper’s spotlight on Overtown in a newsletter not long ago — recently turned its attention to Hialeah. The article is a comprehensive examination of the city’s makeup (Would it surprise you to know more Cuban Americans live there than any other city in the U.S.?), its history, and the developments signaling where it’s going.
One of the best quotes in the story comes from Rick Perez, the person behind the Instagram account @Hialeahlove1925. Perez’s page is a love letter to all things Hialeah, and his affection is, well, infectious:
“Hialeah to me represents the American dream, ever evolving,” Perez told the Herald. “I love how a new generation of Hialeah kids are reimagining our culture. Unlike Wynwood, our growth is organic — slower for sure, but more authentic. Art, literature, and even cutting-edge creative chefs are making a difference. But hopefully Hialeah doesn’t change too fast. I like it just the way it is right now.”
In other news...
🗣 The good folks over at the Doral Yard were profiled in a wholesome Miami New Times piece yesterday. Cultural curators (and good friends of The New Tropic 🤗) Robyn Baltuch and Trina Sargalski spoke with writer Jeremy David about livening up an area more known for its suburban sprawl than its late-night antics, living up to the legacy of the Wynwood Yard, and the spot’s ambitious plans for the future. (Miami New Times)
💵 ICYMI: Florida is ending its federally-supported unemployment benefits program on June 26. The decision to stop distributing $300-per-week payments is part of the state’s “Return to Work” initiative. Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis revived the work search requirement mandating that unemployed Floridians must demonstrate that they searched for five jobs per week in order to receive benefits. (NBC 6 South Florida)
- Related: While some folks claim that unemployment “benefits” are what’s keeping people from returning to work in the hospitality and tourism industry, others are citing low wages and little-to-no-job benefits — can you believe such a thing?! (Editor’s note: Sarcasm. 🙄) Some Florida restaurants are responding to the ongoing worker shortage by increasing would-be employees’ pay. (Orlando Sentinel)
👀 The delicate line between art and advertisement has never been more blurred: The Wynwood Business Improvement District is speaking out against the proliferation of commercial, sponsored murals along the neighborhood’s walls. The org maintains that it’s looking to crack down on such pieces in order to preserve Wynwood’s character and ward off an avalanche of advertisements. However, there’s tension over whether or not that ship has already sailed, and the need of many artists to take on sponsored projects in order to get by. (Miami New Times)