About Us

We are a Think Tank created for the protection of Overtown and the greater Miami community.

Overtown is a neighborhood in Miami just northwest of Downtown Miami. Originally called Colored Town during the Jim Crow era. Overtown was once the preeminent historic center for commerce in the black community and South Florida.

Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler, whose mostly black construction workers settled near what became Downtown Miami. Owing to a substantive black population. On July 28, 1896 168 of the 362 men who voted for the creation of the city of Miami were counted as “colored.” The city designate the portion of the city north and west of Florida East Coast railroad tracks, as “Colored Town.”

The area thrived as a center for commerce, primarily along Northwest Second Avenue. West Second Avenue served as the main street of the black community during an era which, up until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, barred black residents from entering middle and upper income white areas like Miami Beach and Coral Gables without “passes.” By the 1940s Overtown hosted hundreds of black-owned businesses, ranging from libraries and social organizations to a hospital and popular nightclubs.

The area experienced serious economic decline in the late 1950s from urban renewal gentrification. The construction of interstate highways I-95 and 395 in the 1960s, fragmented the-once thriving commerce center. The resident population decimated by nearly 80 percent from roughly 50,000 to just over 10,000. The area became economically destitute and considered a “ghetto” as businesses closed and productivity stagnated in the neighborhood. A legacy that remains unbroken to this day.

Hence the creation of The Araminta Group!

The Araminta Group will perform impact studies, research and advocacy concerning topics that effect our community, such as social policy, political strategy, economics, and culture. Our initial work will begin in Overtown. Our goal is to make Overtown a case study in how to ward off gentrification and in bring a lagging community up to speed.

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Overtown, Miami Think Tank