The Center Grove is NIMBY
Most of us who live here don't spend that much time in the Center Grove, even those who live a few blocks away tell me that they spend a lot of time outside the Grove. I have friends in the South Grove who are closer to South Miami and they spend their time there, the North Grove people I know, including myself, spend time in Brickell. At dinner time, I can call in an order to Perricone's for take-out and be there and be home in 15 minutes. And South Beach is 15 minutes away; I get my car serviced in Coral Gables and I go to the Publix on 27th Avenue or Coral Gables.
As for the residents, we live in the tropical jungle of South or North Grove or live on the shoreline, enjoying the bay. Maybe it really isn't about the few blocks that encompass the Center Grove. We can go and enjoy the restaurants and shops, but our whole lives aren't spent there. Most of us are in and out and I would assume we spend more time at home, which in most cases is outside the Center Grove. There are condos in the Center Grove, but the majority of Grovites live north and south of that. I'm talking about the Central Business District (the BID footprint where the businesses are, no the residents behind that).
So basically what I'm trying to say is that while the Center Grove business area changes all the time, the neighborhoods north and south are really the way they have always been. A few condos have gone up in the North Grove, but for the most part, it's the same as it's always been and the South Grove is very much the same with houses and lots of foliage. That makes me feel a lot better about the changes going on. Whomever left that original comment, thank you, wish you had signed your name.
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