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December 1, 2015 —
I think I'm the only person living in Rhode Island today that [at this writing] has never been to Florida.

So Miami is not technically a border city, but if you think about it, it really is. So today, on December 7th, off I go filled with excitement and anticipation to a city that has always intrigued me.
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December 7, 2015 —
My first stop in Florida is South Beach - a playground for the rich and the wanna-be rich.


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The home of Versace and Miami Vice.

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Where there are daily Art Deco walking tours and on-going preservation efforts to save what is referred to as Mi-Mo (Miami-Modern) Architecture.

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A fun and colorful night life.

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It's the beachfront that is seen on T.V.

Cabanas.

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Beach volleyball.

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Brightly-colored lifeguard huts.

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I find it sad to see so much construction right on the sand, taking away from the beauty of the view that Mother Nature created.

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I notice quickly it's also a place where the homeless line the streets, sleep on park benches …

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… gather on the beach front every day, all day, oblivious to passersby and holding deep conversations among themselves.

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Without focusing on their conversation, I listen and find that the majority of people living on the streets speak Spanish, Portuguese (I find out there's a large Brasilian population in South Beach), French or a Jamaican Creole.

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Where the only parking meter on Ocean Avenue collects funds to help fight homelessness.

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