Daily Archives: August 13, 2012

Made in Hialeah

One Stop Shop Hood

Whatever you’re looking for, Miami’s manufacturing hub has it or there is a mad scientist (“viejo loco”) in some obscure workshop that will make it for you. Here, little is wasted. Just about everything is put to good use.

Before delving into this quirky neighborhood so many proud folks call home, let’s consider the lay of the land.

(dis)Orientation

“La Cuidad que Progresa” (The City of Progress) is located smack in the middle of Miami-Dade County. Florida’s sixth most populous city, it is a focal point of incoming, mainly Hispanic, immigrants looking for a foothold in a new land.

The Hialeah street grid is different from the rest of the County—divided in East and West spheres by Palm Avenue. As a result, the directional orientation all others in the county take for granted disappears. For example, NW 103rd Street is West 49th Street. Le Jeune Road, aka 42nd Avenue, becomes East 8th Avenue.

Lifelong Miamians tend to lose their  bearings in Hialeah. And, if you ask a Hialeah native why their grid is so strange, they’ll tell you it isn’t, explain the street logic in 15 seconds or less, and tell you that theirs is simpler than most others, particularly neighboring Miami Springs with its bird and Indian named streets.

The industrial swaths of Hialeah are represented in Yellow.

Unguided Tour

That said, Hialeah’s people are enterprising and resourceful and their expansive industrial sector is a direct reflection. Let’s roll through Continue reading

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