Tropic Covers

Take a look at the cover art of the Miami Herald’s award-winning Sunday magazine that ran from 1967 to 1998.

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Metrorail

Two decades in the making, Metrorail was the largest public works project in Florida history. Planning for Metrorail began in 1958. Construction began in June 1979. In 1981, county officials revealed that inflation and construction and land costs had caused the system’s budget to grow from $867 million to $987 million. There was also allegations […]

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Houseboats

Free spirits looking for an aquatic lifestyle and spectacular views created laid-back waterfront communities that have been a staple of South Florida life.  The floating homes were popularized in the 1960s by Travis McGee, the rough and romantic detective who lived on a houseboat and also by a popular TV series called Surfside Six, based […]

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Seaboard Railroad

The rush during the late ’20s was so great that Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast tracks couldn’t handle all the business. So the Seaboard Air Line railroad reached down from North Florida, building stations along the way. On Jan. 8, 1927, a train called the Orange Blossom Special made its first journey into Hollywood and […]

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Wynwood

The Wynwood neighborhood, a local arts mecca and one of Miami’s hippest neighborhoods, was once known as the “golden gate” for Hispanic immigrants. A melting pot of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians, African-Americans, Nicaraguans and Dominicans that had been crippled by a bad image and a deteriorating economy.  In the 1950s, Wynwood — originally spelled Wyndwood […]

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Biscayne Park

Biscayne Park, a tiny triangle-shaped patch of land in Northeast Dade County, is one of Miami’s best kept secrets. In 1931, there were some 85 homeowners in the quiet community, which was the third stage of a development called Griffing-Biscayne Park Estates. Both Miami Shores and North Miami, larger municipal neighbors to the north and […]

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Biscayne Boulevard

Built on the crest of the 1920s land boom, Biscayne Boulevard was designed to be Miami’s most beautiful shopping street. Royal palms, 900 of them, lined the sidewalks in front of turreted Mediterranean buildings with shops downstairs and apartments above. The standards of beauty were exacting for the stretch between 12th and 36th streets. A […]

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Buena Vista

The historic district of Buena Vista started as a pineapple plantation that became a town with its own town hall and post office. It once was home to ambassadors, business magnates and doctors, and frequented by novelists and Miami’s elite. In the 1920s, wealthy residents built estates of mosaic tile, coral rock and Dade County […]

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Boating

South Florida has a long and rich maritime history. It’s ports have reached global prominence in trade, commerce and the cruise industry. The area has also been at the top of the recreational boating industry. It has hosted the The Miami International Boat show for over 70 years and held numerous boat races and Regattas that […]

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