From pioneers to artists; now what?
Coconut Grove has been many things over the years, from a mangrove-filled wilderness in the 1800s consisting of pioneers from up north and the Bahamas, to what we are today, what are we actually? I think we are a developer's playground. Where we see green, they see land to be cleared and developed.
I found it interesting, when local attorney and historian Tucker Gibbs mentioned at the "self governance" meeting that Coconut Grove was a thriving community up until the 1950s and then started getting depressed. I'm not sure of the reasons, but probably the rest of Miami was growing and people always seem to rush toward the fresh and new, picture Miami Beach and Key Biscayne and the outer suburbs in that era. All new. All fresh.
Anyway, Tucker says that when the Grove started being depressed, artists started moving in and that is when the arts community took over Coconut Grove. It was not a thing from the beginning, it was started in the 1950s and went very big into the 1960s. That's when Coconut Grove became an artists community. The rents were cheap and the artists came and turned places into galleries. And that went on for decades until the developers came in the 1990s and turned the Grove into an entertainment district. CoconWalk and Mayfair were built in the late 1980s. Money moved in, artists moved out little by little.
Now we are at a crossroads again. It seems like the vision for Grove2030 is an ideal place to be:
In 2030 the village of Coconut Grove will be distinguished by lush, natural beauty; authentic character and traditions; and by a diverse and engaged citizenry. A network of safe, tree-lined neighborhoods will be linked by bike- and pedestrian-friendly pathways to a vibrant, sustainable business core that caters to the Grove’s eclectic mix of inhabitants.
YOU MAY NOT LIFT THE PHOTOS & TEXT. IT'S COPYRIGHTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. YOU CAN HOWEVER SHARE A STORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA BY USING THE LINKS HERE.
For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.