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Saturday, April 11 • 12:45pm - 5:00pm
Tour 7: Overtown: Marching Up North – Revitalize or Die (REGISTRATION REQUIRED - SEPARATE FEE)

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Registering for Tours
A limited number of tours, designed for urban researchers, are available during the Conference. Conference attendees can register for tours in advance via the online registration form or in-person at the conference  registration office located on the 2nd floor of the InterContinental Hotel in the Chopin Ballroom.  Tours have limited space.  So if you are interested, it is wise to register and pay your tour fees as soon as possible.  Our most popular tours will likely become full by early January.
ALL tours begin at 1:00pm. Tour participants will meet in the hotel lobby at 12:45pm before departure.

Tour 7: Overtown: Marching Up North – Revitalize or Die
Saturday, April 11 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
Price: $28
Capacity: TBD

Tour Organizers/Leaders: Dr. Valerie L. Patterson, Clinical Associate Professor, Public Administration, and Dr. Mohamad G. Alkadry, Director, Master of Public Administration Program, Associate Professor of Public Administration,  Florida International University.

Overtown’s proximity to downtown Miami offers an excellent example of a tale of two cities – one thriving as the gateway to the Americas – the other marginalized and neglected but always on the verge of rebounding, thus an excellent setting as the locus for creating linkages and connections across multiple UAA interests. While Overtown is one of the poorest neighborhoods in this country, its location as “just north of ” has been described by some developers as Miami’s last opportunity “to have a wonderful live, work, and play environment” in close proximity to the downtown area.

Join this walking tour to explore Overtown as a location of displacement, erasure, and perpetual revival – always lurking in the imagining of Miami as two cities – one “global/cosmopolitan” the other “poor/powerless/inconsequential”. Experience this tour to explore and engage this historical narrative while physically located in Overtown. Participants will hear the Overtown story from those who have lived it. Residents, civic leaders, historians, community activists and elected officials will offer their perspectives on Overtown’s past, the current status of revitalization efforts, and their vision for Overtown’s future. Proposed tour stops include organizations central to community-building efforts – St. John Community Development Corporation, Carver Apartments and Shoppes, The Overtown Youth Center, the Overtown Community Garden, and The Lyric Center (Others TBD).


Saturday April 11, 2015 12:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Intercontinental Hotel (meet in lobby at 12:45pm)