Little Havana is a neighborhood and former census-designated place within the City of Miami, Florida, United States. It has many Cuban immigrant residents. Little Havana is named after Havana, the capital and largest city in Cuba. The rough boundaries are the Miami River (north), SW 11th Street (south), SW 22nd Avenue (west) and I-95 (east).
Little Havana is noted as a center of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami. Its festivals, including Carnival Miami, Cultural Fridays, the Three Kings Parade and others, are televised to millions of people every year on different continents. It is also known for its landmarks, including Calle Ocho (S.W. 8th Street), and its Walkway of the Stars (for famous artists and Latin personalities, including Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, and Gloria Estefan), the Cuban Memorial Boulevard, Plaza de la Cubanidad, Domino Park, the Tower Theater, Jose Marti Park, the Firestone/Walgreens Building, St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Municipio de Santiago de Cuba and others. It is undoubtedly the best known neighborhood for Cuban exiles in the world. The name "Little Havana" emerged in the 1960s as the concentration of Cubans in the area grew sharply. Little Havana is the name affixed to a sprawling neighborhood lying immediately west of downtown Miami. It stretches west from the Miami River for several miles. This sobriquet was applied to the Shenandoah and Riverside neighborhoods in the 1960s, following the beginnings of a vast influx of Cuban refugees there. Little Havana is famous as the cultural and political capital of Cuban Americans, and the neighborhood is a center of the Cuban exile community. Little Havana is characterized by a robust street life, excellent restaurants, cultural activities, mom and pop enterprises, political passion, and great warmth amongst its residents.
The Little Havana Merchants Association is an organization of local businesses that promotes responsible growth in the neighborhood. The group provides an online guide to local dining, shops, galleries, nightlife, and cultural events.
Demographically, the neighborhood is split up into Little Havana (proper) and West Flagler (formerly West Little Havana), and as of 2000, the total population of both of the sections made up 90,218.
As of 2000, Little Havana had a population of 49,206 residents, with 19,341 households, and 11,266 families residing in the neighborhood. The median household income was $15,213.16. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 85.08% Hispanic or Latino of any race (mainly Cubans, but also many Colombians, Dominicans and Brazilians), 3.79% Black or African American, 10.14% White (non-Hispanic), and 0.96% Other races (non-Hispanic).
As of 2000, West Flagler (West Little Havana) had a population of 41,012 residents, with 14,810 households, and 10,490 families residing in the neighborhood. The median household income was $26,176.70. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 90.73% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 1.15% Black or African American, 7.61% White (non-Hispanic), and 0.49% Other races (non-Hispanic).
Another Major Development in Little Havana. This subdivision will be named: Palmetto Grove. (Part of the freeway name considering how close they are.)
The Heart of Little Havana. The intersection of Miami Blvd. and Havana Blvd. is the busiest in the city. Some new commercial development will be going in the empty lots running to the top of the picture. In the bottom right corner is the Dade Community College.
The intersection of the Palmetto Expressway (up and down) and the Dolphin Expressway(left to right). Also the Entrance to MIA. Everglades Blvd. is the road which has no interchange. One of the only major roads which doesn't have direct access to any freeway.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MIA)
in the early 1940's the Miami Airport was nothing but a small landing strip in the middle of a dense tropical forest area. Then in 1955 it was upgraded and the roads in the area were upgraded to standard level, and so more people began to drive out and stopped using the downtown Airport. Miami international has 10 major Airlines that serve the airport: American Airlines which has its hub in Miami, United Airlines, southwest Airlines which has its hub at, Us Airways, JetBlue, Coninental Airlines, Lufthansa, Japan Airways, United Express, Delta Airlines. Future plans include: Expanding the terminal to allow for more airlines to become available, adding another runway,and remodling the current airport entrance.
NEW UPDATE!!!! ***** (small update that is)
The miami Airport expansion project!!
MIA has recently undergone an expansion!
Traffic backing up heading east bound on the Dolphin Expressway. traffic in the area around the airport has increased dramatically.
Oh no!! traffic accident on the Dolphin Expressway!! 5 severly injured and 12 who had minor injuries. Traffic delays heading both directions went into around 2 1/2 hours between the airport and downtown.
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