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Black in Time: Bob Simms played a big role in developing black Miami’s leaders and solving community issues

A champion can be someone who competes and wins a contest or competition. Champions usually defend, support or promote human rights. Rarely does one person have the ability to do it all. Robert “Bob” Simms, who was born in 1927 and died in 2014, had such a gift. As a result, his legacy is preserved in the memories of family, friends and many whose lives he touched as a teacher, photographer, executive director and social engineer/problem solver/influencer.

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As part of a weekly feature called Community Conversations, we're gathering your comments on a variety of topics. This week’s question: As South Florida has grown, how has the quality of life here improved or gotten worse?

Coconut Grove

The resurgence of Coconut Grove

Once the hippest spot in Miami, Coconut Grove faded as South Beach and Brickell rose. Now the Grove is poised for rejuvenation as a new generation of Groveites and some city initiatives seek to restore its identity as a lush Bohemian enclave with few equals.