Here is the map of Miami showing Little Haiti among some of the most distressed neighborhoods in Miami in 2015.
In last May, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners requested Florida International University's Metropolitan Center to prepare a community-based prosperity strategy for Miami-Dade County. The study must involve a comprehensive analysis of the economy to get into the root cause. As per the plan, the intended strategy would include a feasibility analysis of five pilot programs designed to build wealth in the distressed neighborhoods other than providing an immediate external robust look. The five initiatives proposed and analyzed in the report, which could possibly have the greatest impact in terms of wealth building, were, (a) Social Enterprise Incubators & Accelerators; (b) Community Land Trusts; (c) Community Benefits Agreements; (d) Children's Savings Accounts; and (e) Employee-owned Business Cooperatives. The glooming economy of the Haitians residents in Little Haiti is evident from a simple economic indicator: the average annual household income of Little Haiti residents is only $13,381 compared to the area mean income of $43,100!
Here is a picture of the future home of The Citadel food Hall in Little Haiti.
It is a fact that Miami serves up an abundance of culture at every neighborhood, on every street corner. The city is always in a constant state to remain poised for growth and change. Recently, Conway Commercial Real Estate and Urban Atlantic Group are planning to open a 10,000-square Food Hall called "The Citadel" on Little Haiti's northern boundary on NE Second Avenue. The space with about 20 favorite restaurants is slated to open sometime next year. There will be stalls for pizza, steak, sushi, Spanish tapas, and tacos. As per Thomas Conway, the principal of Conway Commercial, there will be places for bakery, coffee, wine bar and a butcher. It will have a nice blend of local and national operators who understand how neighborhoods develop through food. The Citadel will house multiple culinary concepts, creative workspaces, retail outlets, and a rooftop bar all out of a historical location.
May 26, 2016, the day Little Haiti is officially put on the Map as a Neighborhood in Miami. With resolution sponsored by Commissioner Keon Hardamon, all the commissioners of City of Miami voted in favor of the resolution.
Little Haiti is the cultural heart for the Haitian Diaspora in the Miami neighborhood. So far there was no true definition of Little Haiti as it was very much subjective without any formal boundary-- an area broadly defined by the city as running from 38th Street to 79th Street between Interstate 95 and the Florida East Coast Railway, although the maps and official city registries use to acknowledge it to be much smaller with southern and northern borders as 54th and 82nd streets. Recently, on Thursday, May 26, 2016, , the Miami-Dade Municipal Commission unanimously voted in favor of designating 'Lemon City' as 'Little Haiti'. 'Little Haiti' will have the boundaries roughly between 54th Street and 79th Street, and Northwest Sixth Avenue and Northeast Second Avenue. The announcement came after a long sixteen years' demand and this victory was almost impossible without the effort of four former district commissioners. It was a sixteen year old argument over the idea of an official 'Little Haiti' and exactly, where its boundaries should be drawn.
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New Notre Dame d'Haiti Church in Little Haiti
After 35 years of hard work, began by the then Archbishop Thomas Wenski, the New Notre Dame d'Haiti Church in Little Haiti celebrated its first mass at the beginning of Black History Month. The church's pastor, Father Jean-Mary spoke about the long road towards this point as it took the church eight years of fundraising to make the dream come through.
With reopening of the Caribbean Market Place in Little Haiti, the office of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones with the support of a number of sponsors will organize a Haitian Carnival in Little Haiti. February 18, 2012 will be ready to celebrate carnival just like in Haiti and it is taking place at the same time with the Carnival in Haiti
There will be plenty of music, dance, color, Haitian food and drink. Music will be assured by performances of many local groups such as Grove Relax, Rasin Lakay and Jude Papa Loko. Music bands such as the Rara Band and Conga Band will also grace the occasion.
This carnival in Little Haiti along with the reopening of the Caribbean Market Place in Little Haiti will be used to promote tourism. It is a good way to show to the world that the tourism industry in Haiti can be revamped.
Here is what two two developers have in term of vision for Little Haiti in Miamie. This is the vision of artist Miguel Prypchan and lawyer Francisco Herretes.
April, 2016 - In an effort to develop the area while maintaining the character of Little Haiti, NE 2nd Ave and 62nd Street park in Little Haiti to be transformed into a pearlescent, polychromatic iron mountain range shimmering with warm, tropical chartreuse, indigo, and fuchsia. Across Second Avenue, a $2.5 million cultural arts center with studio and exhibition space, a courtyard, and an eatery will light up an abandoned tire shop. Complex to be open in 2017
Here is a piocture where Little Haiti residents are protesting gentrification of Little Haiti.
Gentrification is threatening to destroy the Little Haiti community. When wealthy people move into a neighborhood, they not only change the price of the place, they displace the poor people, and also change the culture of the place. The representatives from the Haitian Lawyers Association have told the longtime residents, business and property owners of Little Haiti remain watchful. Not to agree on verbal conversations, never to make any agreement without the presence of own lawyer. On December 3rd, the inhabitants of Little Haiti gathered in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to deliver messages about the rapidly changing neighborhood and its preservation: "Say no to gentrification, Little Haiti is not for sale, we want to stay." The residents and owners of Little Haiti does not want to follow the footsteps of the Wynwood Art District which was once a home of over 70 galleries and museums and was a haven for local artists in the early 2000s, However, the sudden surge in the real estate price, gentrification and higher rent forced many artists and gallery owners of Wynwood to migrate to some other nearby affordable locations.
Miami-Dade county has approved Ayiti land of high mountains project in little Haiti. It is a Art Project in memory of victims of Haiti earthquake.
Miami Foundation has partnered with Health Foundation of South Florida and Baptist Health South Florida to award the best ideas of civic improvement projects for the Our Miami Public Space Challenge.
Ideas for projects include the following: 79th Street Initiative; Collin Worth Parkway; Dejha Carrington Art Project; Empowered Youth, Inc.; Groove Miami; Walking a Poem; Wynwood Greenhouse; Miami Jazz Cooperative; North Miami Community Park; and Miami Mountains Foundation Project.