Change isn't necessarily a bad thing
I just wanted to take a moment to put things in perspective for some of your readers. It seems like everyone is always up in arms about change ruining the Grove. Now my wife and I have only lived in the Grove for going on 5 years, but I've spent time here since I turned 21, so at 33 I have a bit of perspective, but obviously not as much as you or others.
Do you remember what used to be in the spot that Lokal is in now? (You probably do, but I honestly don't) Has Lokal not become a part of "Coconut Grove?" Same with Vinos, they are relatively new on the block and they have fit in just fine. Bianca Gelato has become a staple for us as well. The new menu at Barracuda Bar has taken an already great place to the next level. What I'm getting at is that change isn't necessarily a bad thing just because something is different does not mean it won't fit in with the Grove. In one of your recent throw back columns you mentioned a club in the spot that is now The Grove Spot. Would anybody say that The Grove Spot isn't a part of the culture of Coconut Grove?
Basically what I am trying to say is that change isn't necessarily a bad thing. Everything was new at one time. Give things a chance before you judge. What's new now may be a Coconut Grove staple in 10 years. It may not be as sleepy or as quaint as it used to be, but that may not be the worst thing in the world. Change can sometimes add value. I don't hear any of the old Grovers complaining that the house that they bought thirty-five years ago being worth 5 to 10 times what they paid for it when it was a sleepy bohemian fishing village.
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