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The little engine that shouldn’t: Gables trolley garage a travesty

ALL ABOARD: Miami is considering trolley buses like the ones in Coral Gables and Hollywood.
ALL ABOARD: Miami is considering trolley buses like the ones in Coral Gables and Hollywood.
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Once known as the “Harlem of the South,” Overtown was a thriving black community in the historic heart of Miami. But in the late 1960s, we razed many of its homes and businesses, essentially decimating Overtown, so we could build a massive highway interchange for what would become I-95 and the Dolphin Expressway.

In West Coconut Grove, another historically black neighborhood, Miami operated a trash-burning incinerator for 45 years until it was shut down as a public nuisance by court order in 1970. This summer, two University of Miami professors warned of potentially toxic chemicals at the still-untested site.

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