Miami, The Magic City

by Ana Veciana-Suarez
Ana Veciena-Suarez, 2001
Hardcover

Publisher: n/a

ISBN: 978-1881096795

Dimensions: 9.5x1x12.2

$57.67

"WE ARE NOT SOMUCH MELTING POT-IN FACT, SOME LOCALS CRINGE AT THE VERY MENTION OF SUCH AN IDEA-AS WE ARE SALAD, A COMBINATION OF DISTINCT COLORS AND SEPARATE FLAVORS." So says Miami Herald columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez in her introduction to Miami: The Magic City where she explores the area's people and places, and the unique entity that is Miami. "We have plenty of "WE ARE NOT SOMUCH MELTING POT-IN FACT, SOME LOCALS CRINGE AT THE VERY MENTION OF SUCH AN IDEA-AS WE ARE SALAD, A COMBINATION OF DISTINCT COLORS AND SEPARATE FLAVORS." So says Miami Herald columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez in her introduction to Miami: The Magic City where she explores the area's people and places, and the unique entity that is Miami. "We have plenty of 'Little' places with their unique ethnic flavor: Little Havana, Little Haiti, Little Nicaragua," she comments. But while these communities are all relatively recent additions to the city's cultural landscape, Miami's defining diversity reaches back to its earliest history-to the Native Americans who inhabited the peninsula and the Spaniards who invaded it. Aided by hundreds of images culled from some of the area's finest photographers, Veciana-Suarez acknowledges these influences, as well as the many others that contribute to Miami-Dade's thriving vitality. As Veciana-Suarez says about the area, "You can take a tour of Latin America and the Caribbean without ever getting a visa, travel through the Old South without bothering to change your accent, and mingle with transplanted New York Jews without paying a dime for subways." In Miami, the prospects are infinite. "Today, there are so many separate realities here-so many possibilities - that most anything holds true," Veciana-Suarez concludes. "This is a place of beginnings and fresh starts - a place of refugees, immigrants, exiles, and expatriates, and not all of them foreign.