“We need the bigger road,” said Maggie Adrover, who manages San German Fruteria, at the intersection of Krome and Southwest 100th Street. “As long as they keep this area agricultural.”
But there’s the rub. Can the politicians at County Hall be trusted to fend off the land speculators and builders who could make millions if this land were opened to development? Will they save the likes of San German?
San German Fruteria calls itself a farmers market, but to a city guy it’s as exotic as a Wynwood art gallery, with those bins of subtropical fruits and vegetables that look nothing like the offerings in my local supermarket.
Most of the produce is grown right there on her family’s 20-acre tract just off Krome. Adrover spoke of that land with an affection that seemed beyond a property appraiser’s calculation.
Sure, a four-lane road would make a run to the San German Fruteria less harrowing. But the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (known, not always affectionately, as MDX) is spending $6.9 million to study the feasibility of a tollway at the western edge of the suburbs. The Herald’s Andres Viglucci reported Wednesday that the most likely route would run on or along Krome.
Maggie Adrover didn’t seem worried, but I could imagine road builders rolling over her market and devouring her acres and limiting access for her customers zooming on a raised expressway at 75 miles an hour.
Maybe folks who’ve long opposed any widening of Krome, not unreasonably, will now find the prospect of an expressway so disturbing that they’ll agree to a modest four-lane project, a Krome compromise. Besides, MDX funded a five-year study, though it’s obvious that the traffic problems along Killer Krome need an immediate fix.
Of course, that was just as obvious 10 years ago.