The eastern part of Hialeah is known as the most densely populated and least favored area of the city. The area has seen less investment in recent decades and more reports of violations involving the proliferation of efficiencies, illegal units that have been built or added to a home without the required permits.
The Hialeah Racetrack marked the beginning of the city’s growth. Located at 100 E 32nd St., it was first laid out as a dog track which later became a horse track. The surrounding area began to grow with the construction of stables and houses for employees, Seth Bramson, the city historian, told el Nuevo Herald.
Amidst the dairy farms in the eastern part of the city, industrial sheds, small factories and shops began to appear. It was the new business district of the city, notes the historian.
“The eastern part of the city is lagging behind in terms of urban development. It has not developed at the same speed as the west. Its growth has been slower,” Bramson said. “They didn’t have the same richness of life, nor the same energy. There was a slow growth pattern, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change in the future. We have seen other neighborhoods in Miami with little development like South Beach that have changed with greater investment.
Bramson said Hialeah initially had no zoning regulations, and it shows in the contrast to the warehouses and houses on the streets in the east side of town.
“As the east of the city was the commercial area, people didn’t want to move to this area at first, but later it became a mixed area of family homes and businesses,” he said. -he declares.
However, in recent years the area has seen gradual growth, with housing estates such as Shoma Village being built on Hialeah Drive.
An entertainment area has also begun to develop, with an arts district designated seven years ago as a space for artists to develop their creativity.
The Arts District attempts to mirror Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.
Additionally, Factory Town, a collection of open-air warehouses and industrial buildings set up for bands and rave DJs, opened last year.
These projects have reactivated the east and southeast of the city, although this may not be enough. This is why the municipal council is seeking to resume a project 2015 create a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) that would “encourage investment in the neighborhood so that there is rapid growth that benefits its residents and the entire city,” said Councilman Bryan Calvo, a proponent of the plan. revitalization.
This story was originally published September 9, 2022 1:03 p.m.