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Saturday, March 9, 2013

An Update On Sarnoff's Trolleygate aka Astor's Trolley Folly

The view of the diesel bus garage from the closest house, a
mere 100 feet from where the polluting buses will be idling.
These days whenever I visit Coconut Grove I check on the progress of the Coral Gables diesel bus garage. I am always surprised that the building of what will be a polluting bus garage continues unabated. The lawsuit launched by residents of the West Grove demanded for it to be stopped in its tracks -- even though these are not really trolley cars and they don't use tracks. 

Curious that the work continues, I reached out to Ralf Brookes, one of the lawyers who has taken on the case pro bono, for an update. Here's where the case stands:

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.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Happy Birthday Mama Africa

Dateline March 4, 1932 - Zenzile Miriam Makeba is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She would go on to become one of the great voices in World music. While her music will live on forever, it's quite possible that a more lasting legacy will be her loud voice in the struggle for Civil Rights back in her homeland -- from which she had been barred from ever returning -- and the rest of the world. 

Miriam Makeba's influence is such that Google has honoured Mama Africa with a one of its famous doodles today.

There are so many Miriam Makeba songs one could play, but Pata Pata, her first 'hit,' for which she won a Grammy, is still the one that seems to sum up her entire career. The joyful presentation, along with her unrestrained shout of joy at the 2 minute mark, perfectly encapsulates her entire career.


For politics, there was no stronger song in her repertoire than "Soweto Blues" written for her by her former-husband Hugh Masekela, a Civil Rights activist in his own right. This clip also describes her joy at being able to return to her homeland after so many years of forced exile.

Let's all remember how Miriam Makeba fought for the Civil Rights of all of us, whether you are Black, White, African, European, Jewish, Muslim, or 'Merkin.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Unveiling the One Grove Mural - A Photo and Video Essay

Dateline March 2, 2013 - Residents of West Grove get together to unveil the One Grove mural at the corner of Frow Avenue and Douglas, right next to the Coral Gables diesel bus garage, still under construction.

This first video shows the proximity of the Coral Gables diesel bus garage to the houses in the community.

Some of the festivities of the day.

Introducing myself to Laurie Cook of Urban Resurrection, the organization that spearheaded
the creation of the "One Grove" mural. Prior to this we had only spoken on the phone.

LaTasha (L) and LaToya Stirrup, great great granddaughters of E.W.F. Stirrup, were the center of attention as photographers capture them flanking Kyle Holbrook of the MLK Community Mural Project, designer of the mural. That's Mr. Stirrup's likeness in the upper-right hand corner.

At the dedication ceremony Laurie Cook invited descendants of important Coconut Grove pioneers to come up and be recognized:

Kyle Holbrook puts the final touches on the mural, a clear protective coat.

Kyle Holbrook puts the final touches on the mural, a clear protective coat.

All of those who worked on the mural were asked up to be recogized:

I loaned Mikey one of my cameras for a while. He started taking portraits of everyone.
Mikey got more people to pose for him than I did.

Portrait by Mikey.
Another portrait by Mikey.