About Little HaitiOctober 14, 2016
Miami is a prime location for real estate for more reasons than one. Those sandy beaches and calming waves are the most obvious reason to pursue real estate in Miami, but there’s also a surprising amount of local art and culture to explore. One area of Miami where this enriching exploration can be found is in the region of the city known as Little Haiti.
If you’re walking along the heart of Little Haiti on the corner of Northeast 2nd Avenue and 62nd Street, you’ll find a bronze statue of a Haitian man wearing the high collar and fringe-shouldered jacket of a late 1700s Haitian military leader. It is a statue of General Toussaint L’Ouverture, who is considered the father of the Haitian Revolution that led to independence for the country from France.
Little Haiti only recently became an official section of the city on May 26, 2016, and with good reason. Little Haiti is the largest community of Haitian exiles in the world. It is a refuge for Haitian art, culture, cuisine, and livelihood to continue on and to grow. They have their own Little Haiti Cultural Complex, where the community of Miami is able to come together to engage in different aspects of Haitian art and culture through art and dance classes, as well as exhibitions and performances.
Authentic Haitian Creole cuisine adds a fresh, unique dining experience to the community of Miami. Visitors are welcome to wander down the streets, appreciate the murals and colorful architecture, and enjoy the spice and friendly atmosphere of the restaurants—mom-and-pop joints with Haitian flair.
There are three major parks in Little Haiti to enjoy: Athalie Range Park, Legion Park, and Lemon City Park. Lemon City was a former name for part of the Little Haiti region, which is actually the oldest branch of the city of Miami. There are some major historic sites within the Lemon City portion of Little Haiti that are strongly significant for early pioneer history, and the history of early black identity in the United States. Although Haitian culture currently predominates the region, Lemon City’s slice of the Little Haiti pie has even deeper roots in the region that are also truly worth exploring.
Overall, the presence of Little Haiti in southern Florida is just one more reason to consider investing in real estate in Miami. The unique food, culture, and community are unlike anywhere else in the United States.