It’s all Judy’s fault! Her delicious nutritious poem inspired me to repeat this post. enjoy, Beautiful People!
South Florida is a crazy patchwork of little cities, towns, and villages, each boasting tropical flavor and colorful history. However, only one bears an official title City Beautiful, the City of Coral Gables. One of the seven cities in the United States influenced by the City Beautiful North American architectural movement which promoted “beautification and monumental grandeur” (that’s what they called gentrification in late 19th – early 20th century) not for the sake of beauty alone, but “to create moral and civic virtue among underprivileged urban populations” (Bluestone, 1988). Planned and developed by George Merrick in the “roaring twenties,” it is a gem of Mediterranean Revival architectural style, with fountains, parks, a luxurious tree canopy, and an urban forest. An environmentalist’s dream and a model of civic responsibility, it counts among its most remarkable historical sites the Venetian Pool, created from an abandoned coral rock quarry.
Every time I…
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