|This is the historical marker I just happened to discover|
one day in early 2009. It led to all the research that followed.
Happy Birthday Coconut Grove!!! Now Honour Your Past
In which I briefly lay out the history of Coconut Grove from the mid-1800s to the present-day and make the case that systemic racism is the reason the E.W.F. Stirrup House and the Mariah Brown House have not been renovated, despite promises to do so.
|The corner of Charles Avenue and|
Main Highway in Coconut Grove.
This is an overview of the area, the issues at stake, how I came to discover Coconut Grove, and why I became so passionate about it.
Unpacking Coconut Grove, Florida - Part 1.1
This chapter contrasts the 120-year old E.W.F. Stirrup House, currently undergoing Demolition by Neglect, with a house built in 1964 less than a mile away. One is rotting away and the other is for sale for $22,000,000.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part Two - E.W.F. Stirrup House
|The E.W.F. Stirrup House, |
standing proud on Charles Avenue.
This chapter delves deeper into the history of the E.W.F. Stirrup House and the history of Ebenezer Woodbury Franklin Stirrup. It explains why this proud Bahamian man's legacy is in need of preserving for the community, as opposed to rapacious developers. E.W.F. Stirrup almost single-handedly created a Black community unique in the entire United States.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part 2.2 - The Neighbourhood Around The E.W.F. Stirrup House
Musings upon recent discoveries in my continued research of Coconut Grove, Charles Avenue and the Grove Gardens Residence Condominiums immediately behind the E.W.F. Stirrup House. It also includes a close up photo essay showing the damage that years of neglect have caused on the E.W.F. Stirrup House.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part 2.3 - The Charles Avenue Rabbit Hole Leads To Canada
Imagine my surprise when I discover my ongoing research on the E.W.F. Stirrup House leads to Canada, the country I chose to become a citizen of.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part Three - Who Controls What On Charles Avenue
|The Coconut Grove Playhouse at the corner of Charles Avenue|
and Main Highway. The City of Miami has been trying to wrest
control of it back, but one person is holding up all progress.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part Four - Open Houses and Broken Laws
In which I discover that demolition work is proceeding within the E.W.F. Stirrup House without the benefit of a Building Permit issued by the City of Miami. Also, for the first time, I get inside the Stirrup House after being invited inside by one of the men doing the demolition. This entry has lots of pictures of the inside of this historic 120-year old architectural treasure.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part 4.1 - A Photo Essay
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part Five - A Charles Avenue Love Story
|180 degree panorama of the entrance to the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, |
at one time the only place around where Black folk could bury their dead.
I would like to know more about the love affair between E.W.F. Stirrup and his childhood sweetheart, and wife, for whom the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, at the far end of Charles Avenue, is named. Here is the little I have been able to learn so far.
|One of the informational |
signs along Charles Avenue.
An update a week later, where I discover that (allegedly) illegal work is still proceeding within the E.W.F. Stirrup House without benefit of a work permit on prominent display.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part 6.1 - An Open Email to the City of Miami
Since the City of Miami has not seen fit to respond to my email, I have printed it here for all the world to read.
Unpacking Coconut Grove - Part Seven - Signs along Charles Avenue
At some point in the recent past a series of informational signs were erected along Charles Avenue. Here they are for you to read.
Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part Eight ► The Powers That Be
Read along as I try to unpack the power structure in Coconut Grove. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, even if it is Gino Falsetto, a Canadian who left a string of bankruptcies behind before he left cold Canada for warm Miami.
Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part Nine ► Good Neighbours and Bad Neighbours
What makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad neighbour? In this latest chapter of Unpacking Coconut Grove I state the difference and name names.
Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part 9.1 ► A Bad Neighbour Photo Essay
A follow-up to last week's entry with some hot, new information: How did The Bad Neighbour acquire his 50-year lease on the E.W.F. Stirrup House? It wasn't by putting up any hard-earned cash. Read this chapter to find out how a (alleged) scumbag works real estate a deal.
Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part 9.2 ► A Photo Essay Follow Up
Why did the alleged scumbag, aka The Bad Neighbour, allow the owners of the E.W.F. Stirrup House to be cited for contravening city by-laws by the City of Miami? ALSO: More on how the alleged rapacious developer, aka Gino Falsetto, managed to acquire his 50-year lease on the E.W.F. Stirrup House. It isn't pretty.