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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Return To Frow Avenue

When I was in the Coconut Grove on Saturday, I was so intent on taking pictures of the people celebrating the One Grove mural, that I didn't notice something that had been right in front of my eyes. In fact, I didn't notice it until I reviewed the dozens of pictures I took that day.

Part of the reason I missed it was because the cooker/grill had been set up right in front of it. But, I was also mostly looking through a camera viewfinder. That's why I returned to Frow Avenue yesterday to take close-ups. Take a look at the sidewalk adjacent to the mural:

This broken sidewalk is not something new. Clearly it has been disintegrating for a very long time to arrive at its current condition.

Construction continues on the
diesel bus garage, March 4, 2013
To my mind this perfectly illustrates the reality that two Groves exist: Black Grove and White Grove. A sidewalk like this would never be allowed to exist in White Grove. However, because it's on Frow Avenue in West Grove, this sidewalk can easily be ignored by the City of Miami.

It's simply more of the same kind of quiet racism that the City of Miami demonstrated in allowing Coral Gables to locate its polluting diesel bus garage in the middle of a residential neighbourhood in West Grove, which (maybe not coincidentally) is being built right across the street from this broken sidewalk.

This is a well-traveled route. Hundreds of pedestrians pass by that sidewalk every day: school children, the people who use the store on which the mural is painted, mothers with strollers, old people on canes, children riding bicycles . . . you get the picture. If not, here are a few more:

Maybe "One Grove" is merely a slogan whose time has passed.