The Other Cocoanut Grove

On more blog about our time in Miami in February 2013.

Cocoanut Grove is an upscale section of greater Miami, home of wealthy residents and an attraction to many tourists. But Village West is a 65-block, poorer section of the community. Many of the residents are Bahamians, Jamaicans and Afro-Americans.

We visited Village West to meet Kristy Wallace and Laurie Cook, who live there and serve the community as staff members of Urban Resurrection and INNERChange.

They took us on a walking tour of the community.

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Some of the houses are abandoned and neglected, and some lots are vacant. Other homes are well-kept. and many of the residents love bold colors.

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Throughout the area are fancifully decorated peacock statues. This one gives tribute to the early Bahamians who settled here.

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It is called Nassau Daddy.

Tourist buses love to go by this cemetery because it was the setting for scenes from Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller.”

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We bought lunch at a window restaurant and took it back to Kristy and Laurie’s house and ate in the shade of their back yard. For the first time in my life I had Jamaican-style jerk chicken.

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After all our adventures in Miami we drove north to Sanford, FL, and took the Auto Train home.

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With the auto cars and the passenger cars the train stretches for three-fourths of a mile, the longest passenger train in the world. We recommend that you try it for your next trip from the north to FL.

And many thanks for joining us in our travels.

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