How Will the Playhouse Redevelopment Hurt West Grove?

West Grove, the historic Black enclave nestled within Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, is currently threatened on all sides by White gentrification. The latest challenge is the massive Coconut Grove Playhouse condo/restaurant/parking lot/theater redevelopment project threatening West Grove. The Playhouse is at the extreme east end of Charles Avenue. It was designated a Historic Roadway becauseRead More

The Parking Garage Is The Thing

LONG STORY SHORT: The City of Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board [HEP Board to Miami hep cats] voted 4-1 Tuesday to raze the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in order to preserve its historic façade. Confused yet? Not as confused as everyone was when it was revealed — but only near the very end ofRead More

Discovering Coconut Grove ► Throwback Thursday

My latest picture of the E.W.F. Stirrup House with its new historic marker, but it’s no longer the historic E.W.F. Stirrup House. It’s a recreation. Read: Who Is To Blame For The Destruction Of The E.W.F. Stirrup House? When I first moved back to ‘Merka in 2005 I used the nom de troll of AuntyRead More

Another Open Email To Miami’s Public Records Department

THIS IS A PUBLIC REPLY TO: Jones, Isiaa <> SUBJECT: Frustration Over PRR 16-452: FOIA RequestDATE: September 28, 2016 CC: Melendez, Eleazar <>; Russell, Ken (Commissioner) <>; Mendez, Victoria  <>; Hannon, Todd <>; The Loyal Readers of the Not Now Silly Newsroom; Various Facebook Groups and Pages of my choosing Monday morning I sent anRead More