I was born in The Roads area near downtown Miami where there was access to plenty of parks and cultural experiences. As I grew, I became accustomed to having physically and mentally stimulating activities within walking distance.
When I started middle school, my parents moved to the suburbs, where we gained in square footage, but we no longer had parks, libraries, museums or activities to help stimulate our young minds.
My brothers and I grew frustrated. We were trapped in a McMansion, but had no escape, no release, no playground. Then we found Tamiami Park. It was an oasis; a place where we learned to play baseball, ride a roller coaster and order empanadas. We grew up in our own little world, never thinking of what we left behind in the city. Tamiami was our city.
Today, FIU seeks to move the youth fair. I do not oppose its expansion, nor do I oppose the relocation of the youth fair. However, let’s preserve this oasis of culture and outdoor freedom for future generations.
Chris Miles, Miami