The Southeast - Miami, Florida
December | 2015
December 1, 2015 — I think I'm the only person living in Rhode Island today that has never been to Florida.
So Miami is not technically a border city, but if you think about it, it really is. So today, on December 7th, off I go filled with excitement and anticipation to a city that has always intrigued me.
December 7, 2015 — My first stop in Florida is South Beach - a playground for the rich and the wanna-be rich.
The home of Versace and Miami Vice.
Where there are daily Art Deco walking tours and on-going preservation efforts to save what is referred to as Mi-Mo (Miami-Modern) Architecture.
A fun and colorful night life.
It's the beachfront that is seen on T.V.
Brightly-colored lifeguard huts.
I find it sad to see so much construction right on the sand, taking away from the beauty of the view that Mother Nature created.
I notice quickly it's also a place where the homeless line the streets, sleep on park benches …
… gather on the beach front every day, all day, oblivious to passersby and holding deep conversations among themselves.
Without focusing on their conversation, I listen and find that the majority of people living on the streets speak Spanish, Portuguese (I find out there's a large Brasilian population in South Beach), French or a Jamaican Creole.
Where the only parking meter on Ocean Avenue collects funds to help fight homelessness.