ALL ABOARD FLORIDA'S BRIGHTLINE BUILDS WALL THROUGH OVERTOWN, MIAMI'S HISTORICALLY BLACK COMMUNITY

Publish Date: 
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:30am

The formerly segregated community Overtown, Miami, once called "Colored Town," was full of renowned clubs, brightly colored churches, a thriving mix of Caribbean and African cultures that played itself out in city streets each day. That is, until local officials placed a bevy of highway overpasses that diminished the community's local businesses and home values. Now All Aboard Florida is trying to build a wall through this unrecovered town.

"It's crazy," longtime Overtown activist Edduard Prince states. "They're destroying the community."

Prince also indicates that Overtown residents weren't properly warned that a gigantic wall was going up that could cut man of them off from downtown.

"Originally, they told us it was going to be a 'ramp,'" Prince adds. "But the wall starts and stops where Overtown stops."

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Original article written by Jerry Iannelli of the Miami New Times; Photo taken by Jerry Iannelli