My name is Hanna Sotolongo-Miranda. I am currently an FIU freshman in the first semester and a resident of Miami-Dade County. I live in a part of Miami known as Unincorporated Miami Dade, in between Kendall and Pinecrest. Growing up, I always went to magnet schools, where kids would share where they live, and that would more or less determine who your friends are. Because I was in the middle, I never identified with the ‘Kendall Crew’ or the ‘Pinecrest Peeps’. When asked to do this project I decided I wanted to learn and write about as much as I could for both parts of Miami to see what really distinguishes them. In the fall, I was able to do Kendall as my Ineffable Miami Project, so I can see the differences in communities that are so close together as I discover Pinecrest.
Pinecrest is a mostly residential area with 7.6 square miles in total: 7.5 square miles of land with 0.13% of the area being water. According to the United States Census Bureau, its geographical coordinates are 25°40′N 80°18′W.
Pinecrest started like most of the areas of South Florida, through Henry Flagler’s railroad to the Florida Keys. Pinecrest land was used as a stopping point for people building the railroad. Later, during the 30s, Pinecrest became a center for tourist attractions as more and more places began to rise. The Miami Serpentarium, founded in 1946, was a place where tourists can get up and personal with these exotic snakes, as well as venom research before it closed in the 80s. The more popular Parrot Jungle started in 1936 on Red Road and Southwest 111 Street by Franz and Louise Scherr. Although the location of Parrot Jungle, or now Jungle Island, has changed, it still remains to this day as a very popular site and registered as a historic place in 2011. The 50s and 60s were the true boom of Pinecrest as permanent ranch-style houses were being built for new residents. The Village of Pinecrest was incorporated in 1996 by a movement led by Evelyn Greer, the first mayor of Pinecrest, as well as Barry Blaxberg and Leslie Bow, which eventually led to the creation of the Pinecrest we know today. Known for its parks, police force, building services, and public works, these things make up the residential Pinecrest.
Pinecrest currently has a population of 19,441 with a growth rate of 0.877%. The average age of people living in Pinecrest is 42, and the average household income is $152,643 with a growth rate of 16.6% growth. The number of employees working in Pinecrest is 9,322 with a 2.07% growth rate. The poverty rate is 5.83%, and the average property value is $887,700 with a 5.57% growth rate.
The population is mostly Hispanic or Latino with 46.9% of the population, however, there are a lot of white only Americans with 43.3% of the population. There is a small percentage of Asians at 6.84% of the population. 85.1% of the Pinecrest resident population are US citizens. The demographics of Pinecrest is a clear result of Miami’s segregation, especially during the 40s and 50s when residential construction began. Miami has always been a racially segregated city, and it is clear that Pinecrest is a white area. Due to the amount of tourism through the Miami Serpentarium and Parrot Jungle during this time, the majority of these people would be wealthy white people from the north, that eventually bought the houses that were built. Even after the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s, Miami still remained and to this day, as we can see by this data, it is still relatively segregated.
The majority of Pinecrest, as we can see, is middle class to relatively wealthy members of society, as the property value for most houses is somewhere around $887,700 with a homeownership rate of 77%. Most Pinecrest residents commute about 27 minutes to work or school by driving alone, and most houses have an average of 2 cars per household. Through this data, it can be concluded that because of the luxury of owning items such as cars and individual houses, most of the population have stable and profitable jobs and families with somewhere around 2 to 3 children. However, the poverty rate is still high at 5.83% of the Pinecrest population, showing the differences in this community.
The Deering Estate combines everything from beautiful landscapes unique to South Florida, the history and rich culture that led to the Miami of today, and talented artists who want to portray it all. From the historic structures of Charles Deering’s buildings such as the Carriage House, the Pump House, and the Power House, to the Hiking trails through the Pine Rocklands and Tropical Hardwood Hammock, I am extremely happy to have been able to experience this boom in wildlife and history. Along with their extensive cultural backgrounds and knowledge, many artists settle to find inspiration and rent workspace, such as artist and professor John Bailly. The Deering Estate truly has a little bit of everything.
16701 Southwest 72nd Avenue
Known for their children’s entertainment, the Pinecrest Gardens has multiple theaters and stages for concerts of dance, choir, and plays. With art festivals and Earth Day, this location is a perfect blend of entertainment and education for people of all ages. They also have a farmers market and much like the Deering Estate has artists in residences, such as Thomas Dambo, a storyteller and poet, and based on his story “Trolls”, has a massive sculpture of a troll that adults and children can interact with.
11000 Red Road
This park is a fairly big park known for its six tennis courts, but with a beautiful and well kept green space as well as a field that can be used for all kinds of sports. It is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. It also has space for rental for events such as parties for the residents of Pinecrest as well as any other guests.
6955 Southwest 104th Street
This park, obviously named for the famous Henry Flagler, is known for its soccer fields and their playgrounds. Unlike Coral Pine Park, Flagler Grove is more centered towards children’s entertainment as many youth soccer teams practice and hold games there. This park is open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Fridays, and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on the weekends.
7551 Southwest 104th Street
This park, named after Pinecrest’s first mayor, is known for its huge athletic field that can be used for different sports. It also has a gazebo with Wi-Fi, and a Leslie Bowe Hall where guests are able to rent out the hall and host events. Evelyn Greer Park is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Fridays, and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends.
8200 Southwest 124th Street
Suniland Park is best known for the Andre Dawson Field and the Howard Palmetto Hall of Fame, both honoring the great baseball players with fields and batting cages. There is also a recreation center that can be rented out for events, as well as a gazebo with Wi-Fi. The park is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Fridays, and 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends.
12855 Pinecrest Parkway
Veterans Wayside Park is more centered to natural green space with 4.5 acres of flora with paths leading to a freshwater lake and picnic tables, with open recreation areas guests can use however they want. This park is open from sunrise to sunset daily, and it is the most refreshing park in Pinecrest.
11111 Pinecrest Parkway
Miami’s public transit system includes the Metrobus in and out of Pinecrest, as well as stops in the Metrorail that travel along South Dixie Highway. Along with Miami’s public transit systems, Pinecrest has a transportation system unique to its neighborhood. The Pinecrest People Mover, unlike the Miami-Dade buses, are free for everyone and provides multiple routes going North and South throughout Pinecrest. It also has separate schedules for middle schools and high schools before and after schools, that allows and encourages students to participate in afterschool activities. It is also connected to the public Metrobus, as many of the stops overlap across Pinecrest. Apps are available for iPhone and Android cell phones for both the Metro system and the Pinecrest People Mover to track buses and vehicles moving throughout the neighborhood.
Although there are many opportunities for public transit in Pinecrest, most residents commute to work or school with personal cars, so driving on the streets is usually the primary mode of transportation. Some well known and busy road in Pinecrest include Flagler Boulevard (SW 102nd St), Chapman Field Drive (SW 124th St), Kendall Drive (SW 88th St), Killian Drive (SW 112th St), and Franz and Louise Scherr Street (SW 111th St). As seen by the names, each of these streets tell an important story, part of Pinecrests history. It shows that history is truly in every inch of Pinecrest’s streets.
This French bakery is an extremely special place to me because it used to be owned by one of my closest friends’ families from middle school. Veronica and Frank Monnier are incredibly hard-working people that to this day make the pastries and croissants that come out of this shop. They have another bakery and restaurant in South Miami that the family owns called Cecile, after their daughter. Cecile and I used to do springboard and platform diving when I was in middle school, and I still cherish her as a friend of mine. When I had accidentally fallen on top of the diving board during a practice in the Keys, it was Veronica and Cecile that was with me as I went to the hospital, and after all that, they still warmed my heart with their love, company and delicious food. I will always support them and will be a guaranteed lifetime customer and friend to these people who have shown me such kindness.
9563 S Dixie Hwy
Since 1975, Papa Ricco’s has been serving the residents of Pinecrest fresh, delicious Italian food. With a broad selection of pasta and pizza, anything on the menu is guaranteed to be fresh. Papa Ricco’s also caters to office and private parties, as well as delivers right to your door.
14415 S Dixie Hwy
Ayesha restaurant is primarily Indian Cuisine with a Miami twist. Owner of Ayesha and Founder of the Ayesha Group, Mike Hussain owns and works with multiple other restaurants in South Florida. As someone who has been to this restaurant, I can say with certainty that this food is delicious, however by no means traditional. Although delicious, the price point of this restaurant is particularly high. Although the quality of the food is excellent, this restaurant is more of a special occasion rather than a frequent visit. During the past years, my family and I have often spent Valentine’s dinner at Ayesha’s, as a nice splurge for a nice dinner and a good time.
14151 S Dixie Hwy
A literal hole in the wall, true Cuban Miami cuisine can be found at The Butcher Shop. A little sandwich shop in Pinecrest, this place is perfect for a specialty sandwich packed with any kind of flavorful meat. My personal favorite is the pan con lechon, or the pork sandwich, a common lunch for Cubans and Cuban Americans. With affordable prices and fast service, this is by far the best sandwich shop in Miami.
14235 S Dixie Hwy
By using the natural stress relief of acupuncture, Modern Acupuncture tries to treat the stress of everyday life for the residents of Pinecrest, and any other guests. By offering memberships and packages for their customers, their goal is to provide relaxation therapy with needles as thin as a human hair. Although this relaxation therapy might be a little bit off-putting for many, Modern Acupuncture dispels any negative thoughts by providing customers with examples of celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba, people who are known for their beauty.
7880 Southwest 104th Street, Suite A-105
We-Go Assemble is a business that builds items that require assembly, from IKEA furniture to entertainment systems, to children’s toys. How these business works is very flexible towards its customers, as employees come to their homes and build their furniture. They also have moving services all across South Florida.
13245 Southwest 74th Avenue
The Pond Doctors are doctors and professionals that make sure any underwater ecosystem is healthy and properly maintained. These pond services they provide include cleaning and maintenance, design and aquascape, water testing and treatment, and fish stocking and selection.
7741 Palmetto Court
In looking at both Pinecrest and Kendall from a new light, my goal since the beginning of my two projects in both Spring 2020 and Fall 2019 was to see the difference between these two communities and which one I was closer to. But in conducting all this research and writing these ‘Ineffable Miami’ projects, they each provide something unique not separately, but together, under the county of Miami-Dade. My view of these two areas has changed as I explored the different areas and what they offer Miami. Pinecrest is a beautiful city that has a unique history of having a female as the first mayor of Pinecrest, Evelyn Greer. It is one of the greenest places in Miami-Dade County with so many parks and services that help and add to and help the environment. Pinecrest also has many available and affordable modes of transportation and has amazing businesses and eateries right within its borders. The appreciation of this area and its history and culture is truly amazing.
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