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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Coconut Grove is being wiped out

There's an interesting article in The New Tropic called "The Coconut Grove We Love Is Getting Wiped Out," by Grovite Luke Fronefield.

It's a beautiful portrayal of Coconut Grove and in the end, it's sad, as the Grove has given way to greed. I took this photo not too long ago, let's hope that the Grove stays like this for a long time to come.

From the article:

With its high ground and abundant rainfall, the Grove is a unique subtropical rain forest ecosystem, unlike the rest of Miami which is essentially reclaimed swamp. This has allowed beautiful canopies like that of Main Highway to flourish with a semblance of manicured control, though left to its own devices the entire Grove would revert to jungle. 

It’s that barely concealed wildness — jungle tucked inside the sprawling concrete metropolis of Miami — that makes the Grove like nothing else in the United States, and perhaps like nothing else in the world. It’s not sexy and it’s not slick. It’s the wild child of Miami. From a bird’s view, the Grove must look like a small patch of green surrounded for miles by strip malls and skyscrapers. Today, that patch is in danger of becoming a dot or disappearing altogether.

This is Coconut Grove and yet there are so many that are destroying it to make a buck. I find it interesting, that something I never thought of before, is that Coconut Grove is all natural. It isn't built on swampland like so much of Miami is.

You can read the whole article here.

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