Hialeah

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  1. This brings back many memories I’m 56 and I went to kindergarten at Saint Johns which is the church and school you showed there in East Hialeah. We moved from New Jersey in 1967 which is where my parents went when they left Cuba and I was born there since my mom left the island being pregnant with me. I was only four when I arrived in Hialeah. But as I read your piece I noticed one thing, Hialeah did have a downtown it was in the area of Hialeah Drive by where the City Hall is now. That area was known as Hialeah‘s downtown where the Dairy Queen & KFC still are but of course that area has long changed. The Canastilla Cubana started there and then grew to be an empire. I moved from the area to go away to school and finally came back in 1989 and a lot had changed. I live in West Hialeah now by I-75 and yes the prices of homes have gone up to the low to mid $300K range in this area but I love my city. Anything you need you could find in a 1 mile area. Therefore I will always be a Hialeah girl through and through. Thanks for taking me down memory lane and reminding everyone how Hialeah was built by a diverse group and is still a thriving place of business and to live in, at least I love the west side!!!

  2. I always appreciate these case studies – when it comes to discussion of urban topics, complex, concrete examples are in short supply while theories and opinions abound.

  3. I also enjoyed reading someone else’s perspective on a place where I grew up my folks and sister still live there and if not for forming a family myself and moving on I would have still lived there. I had the opportunity to work for the local government years ago and happily remember my time working there. I just came across your blog and I will visit it more often. Gracias

  4. There is a before-and-after-7-ft.-sea-level-rise map for the Miami area in “The Water Will Come” by Jeff Goodell (2017), page 99. Hialeah is mostly underwater.

    1. This article does not capture the current state of Hialeah. Affordable housing is laughable. Medium home price (of those houses pictured) are $350k and up. Most are in dire need of updating, illegal additions, no front lawn, etc. I agree that the working class is a crutch for the county, however there is little to no appeal compared to neighboring cities just north of Hialeah. Comparing it to Levittown though….no, id compare it to Hempstead at best.

      1. You and I may have different definitions of working class affordability.

        Florida’s minimum wage is $8.46. Tipped workers have a legal minimum wage of $5.44 per hour. In order to survive on that income (I know because I did it most of my life until fairly recently) a worker must live reasonably close to work to keep transportation costs down. And housing is about having a roof over your head, not about pristine front lawns. Living with relatives, friends, room mates, and/or coworkers is the most likely scenario. Some version of rent or sharing is the norm. Hialeah is the better location and price point for the working class.

        The homes you describe in suburbs farther to the north are middle class accommodations for people at a somewhat higher income level – or perhaps more accurately, people who have access to slightly more credit so they can buy homes and cars they might not truly be able to afford without leverage. They’re also farther from the economic center of the metroplex.

        Apples and oranges.

  5. “to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to genuinely affordable market rate housing in Miami”
    Why are inner-ring suburbs not described this way more often? They may not always be pretty (though Hialeah is) and they get the job done. They also shorten the commute, compared to the alternative.

    1. As I pointed out, there’s a gap between our image of what a comfortable middle class life should look like, and what the working class can truly afford. Rather than acknowledge and accommodate that reality we push relentlessly to get things to conform to our aspirations – with poor results.

      1. In all these housing debates, the unspoken addition is, “given a standard of living I accept.”

        “There’s a housing crisis… in cities I want to live in.”

        “Homes (that have a master bedroom suite) are too expensive.”

        “It’s too expensive… to live in direct proximity to the amenities I desire.”

        High-paying job market, mild winter, affordable housing. Pick 2? (Probably a few other variables that could be added in as well.)

        1. You’re right about some people and some places (I’ve noticed this as well) but I can tell you have only spoken and listened to those obnoxious people trying to recreate a set of circumstances of prior decades and not listened to young people who don’t even dream of owning a home but would be fine renting an apartment and don’t even have down payment for condo or co-op (certainly not looking for a house or “master bedroom”) …

          The criteria for many young people is pretty much anywhere in continental US ( weather really isn’t a consideration… Just google “Minneapolis” and “millennials”) w/ a decent job market and scenes (not just “cities that I want to live” but even smaller cities and towns);

          Please get out more! Talk to people.. The fact is that people aren’t all the same.

          1. Totally agree. Different people, different circumstances. Good advice to always expand the social circle.

            I think my comments came off meaner than I meant. These are (slightly strawmanned) versions of comments I hear all the time in my circle, and I’m only 31, which, I think in the modern US, is a fairly young “head of household.”

            My wife and I live in an inner-ring neighborhood of a mid-size east coast metro. 250k gets you the classic brick colonial on a 1/4-acre lot. 180k gets you a twin or rowhome. The job market is solid (although it’s not Boston/NY/DC or even Philly) and there’s definitely a “scene”- although again, it’s not Philly or NYC.

            Almost nobody my age is moving into neighborhoods like these. There’s plenty of growth, but it’s in housing pods on the edge and the occasional tower downtown. This doesn’t bother me by the way, it’s just interesting that I hear so much about a housing crisis when the two areas that are in demand (in my area) are both more expensive, not less.

            But your comment was a great reminder to me to check myself from getting too grumpy, Thank you for the reminder!

            1. Ya ya; I figured it’s just the crowd you’re dealing with bcuz it’s not the same when you’re not already in major metro w/ a decent job market… Just wondering where are you talking about tho?? 🤔

        2. What about Raleigh, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Charlotte? That combination of high-paying job market, mild winters, and affordable housing could explain why all of those metros have such high population growth.

  6. Brings to mind Metairie, LA, much of which was created out of cypress swamps post WWII, has no ‘center’ as such, is laced with strip-malled thoroughfares and is, by and large, working-class.

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