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The Organization

The Allapattah Collaborative, CDC is the outcome of a community engagement process focused on creating an Equitable Development Action Plan (EDAP) which targets the retention and growth of small businesses at risk of displacement in Miami, FL. The study focused on a target area defined by NW 17th Avenue between 20th and 36th Street in the Allapattah neighborhood. Although we have taken a place based approach in our proposed solutions, the problems faced and the work that needs to be done goes beyond this single neighborhood. The overall vision aims to develop a plan that provides a pathway to equitable development without displacement, and emphasizes policies and programs that benefit existing small businesses within the neighborhood. To achieve this, the project gathered data on the neighborhood’s small businesses and other stakeholders to develop a shared vision and identify key opportunities/strategies to reach the goal.

This work complements and supports various initiatives occurring in Miami that are focused on making the city a more equitable place to live, work, and play. Ultimately, the combined effort will ensure Miami’s cultural neighborhoods are preserved and thriving with inclusive, equitable, and sustainable community development policies and practices that promote wealth building and upward mobility for its people.


The recommendations of the report, Allapattah’s 17th Avenue: An Equitable Development Action Plan for Thriving Commercial Districts, stem from various community conversations, surveys, data research, meetings with community partners, as well as monthly meetings with the 17th Avenue Steering Committee. The steering committee composition consisted of local business owners, residents, service providers, and local experts. The nine (9) member Steering committee met to review data, identify the problem, brainstorm solutions, and identify programs, policies, and process optimization that would ameliorate current community pressures leading to social inequities including gentrification and displacement. These efforts led us to the following community’s shared vision:

“To have a safe, inclusive, engaged, and intergenerational mixed-income neighborhood with spaces, opportunities, and resources where residents of all economic classes and backgrounds can live, learn, work, play and thrive.”

In addition to the survey, the planning process engaged community members through community meetings and gatherings, as well as conversations with small business owners. We also gathered insights from long time practitioners and community organizations who proposed pathways to achieve community goals in the short and long term.


  • Allapattah’s 17th Avenue: An Equitable Development Action Plan for Thriving Commercial Districts  
  • Florida International University School of Architecture Partnership
  • Main Street Workshops in Miami, FL
  • 2020 Dominicans On the Hill Panelist
  • UM Community Scholars In Affordable Housing Fellowship 
  • NALCAB Fellowship 
  • JM Kaplan Grantee
  • Community Advocate Award
  • Public Land for Public Good Statement

The Community

Allapattah, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, is located northwest of Downtown Miami, west of Wynwood, and approximately five miles from Miami International Airport. It is a working-class neighborhood with a mixture of residential, commercial, and industrial uses. The City of Miami Consolidated Plan 2014-2019 designated Allapattah as one of the Neighborhood Development Zones (NDZ), which are “distressed neighborhoods that are in most need of assistance.” (archive.miamigov.com/communitydevelopment/Docs/Maps/SP10Allapattah.pdf). According to ACS 2013-2017 5 -Year Estimates, the median income in 2017 was $22,914- a slight decrease from the median income in 2015 which was $22,995. The neighborhood is over 80% Hispanic, 8 in 10 households are low to middle-income.

The area has gone through many transitions with regards to its population and prosperity. Until the 1950’s, the neighborhood was primarily populated by non-Hispanic white individuals, but the construction of I-95 through Overtown led to the migration of black individuals to the area. It would later become home to an influx of Cuban immigrants following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and then an influx of Dominicans in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Allapattah is now considered a melting pot of residents from the Caribbean and Latin America.

The settlement of the Dominican community in Miami, FL and its contribution to the area led the City of Miami in 2003 to name a portion of Allapattah “Little Santo Domingo” to pay homage to the settlement and contribution of the Dominican community in the City of Miami. Furthermore, the collaboration with local officials and community partners allowed for the City of Miami to name the neighborhood park and main thoroughfare after the Dominican hero Juan Pablo Duarte.

Allapattah has become the site of intense interest by real estate investors. A 2017 Urban Institute report, “Miami and the State of Low-and Middle-Income Housing”, claims it “may be on the precipice of tremendous change and gentrification.” Allapattah is a target for real estate speculation due to its proximity to Downtown, Edgewater, and Wynwood and its relatively high elevation above sea level.


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Our Leaadership



Our goal is to protect and strengthen the identity, charm and cultural appeal of our neighborhood and other communities of color by ensuring long term residents are able to thrive in an environment plagued with disparities, misinformation and disinvestment. Over the past year, we have worked with the community to develop astrategic plan.

Our strategies focus on collaboration, education and hand-on-hand coaching to strengthen individuals, small micro businesses and the community. These are some best practices that we have identified to improve our neighborhood.

Build Ownership

We  are collaborating with various entities to implement several shared equity models, including a commercial community land trust. We are working with local officials to implement Legacy Business programs and commercial lease to own programs.

Wealth Building

We educate the community on wealth building strategies, facilitate the implementation of Main Street Strategies and establish business Incubators to  support wealth creation.

We collaborate with key institutions to enhance financial capacity and micro business coaching.

Community Engagement

We work with anchor institutions to promote equitable development practices and collaborate with our steering committee and advisers to develop a comprehensive commercial revitalization strategy.


We Provide key recommendations to  Miami Dade County and City of Miami  to support community protections and anti-displacement strategies. We also advocate for policies that foster small business preservation and legacy business support.


We're doing our part

1. Assessment of small/micro-business needs through periodic phone calls.

2. Collection of pertinent data from small/micro-business to advocate on their behalf.

3. Collaboration with partnering organizations to advocate for policies and products needed by small/micro-
business community.

4. Collection and coordination of resources to assist small/micro-business
5. Provide information, referrals, access and assistance in obtaining available resources.

6. Respond to small/micro-business’s small-scale financial needs as resources become available. 

For more details, please contact us. 




Speaking Engagements








The Allapattah Collaborative, CDC

1951 NW 7th Avenue

Suite 600 

Miami, FL 33136



Tel: 1 (786) 220-4590


To partner with us, please provide a brief proposal to: info@AllapattahCDC.org


For any inquiries, please call: (786) 220-4590 or fill out the following form:

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Problem - What we’re facing

Gentrification is erasing the essence of communities by displacing small business owners with rent increases and lack of viable opportunities to own their long-term storefronts. This gradual displacement is eradicating Miami’s diversity and cultural neighborhoods.


Allapattah, one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, is located northwest of Downtown Miami near several neighborhoods that have seen rapid change and growth in recent years. Considered a melting pot of residents from the Caribbean and Latin America, the neighborhood has seen increases in home values and rents that have outpaced income growth since 2000. There is growing demand for real estate in the area fueled by sea level rise reports, investor speculation, and gentrification pressures in nearby neighborhoods. Although we encourage development and investments, we want to ensure it happens in an equitable manner where the residents who have invested so much into these neighborhoods partake in the decision making, wealth building and transformation of their communities.

Small businesses are ill-equipped to navigate these pressures. There is minimal business and financial training for businesses in the neighborhood; many face barriers to accessing financial resources; and Miami lacks policies and programs to help protect them.

Solution - What we’re doing about it

We are implementing a well-funded holistic community development strategy that includes comprehensive community engagement, actionable equitable development practices, wealth building programs and policy advocacy to enhance economic development, protect vulnerable communities and support long standing businesses and residents.

In order for vulnerable communities to prosper, equitable development needs to be at the heart of the community development process.  The community’s shared vision is to have a safe, inclusive, engaged, and intergenerational mixed-income neighborhood with spaces, opportunities, and resources where residents of all economic classes and backgrounds can live, learn, work, play and thrive.

Action Plan Goals:

Goal #1 – Make them Resilient: Establish the infrastructure and processes for implementing inclusive equitable community development.  For example, fund educational programs, financial products, technical assistance and anchor institutions connections to increase small business efficiency, revenue growth and capacity. 


Goal #2- Make them Sustainable: Prevent Displacement of Existing Small Businesses.  For example, boost ownership by establishing pathways for business owners to purchase their storefront through the Commercial Community Land Trust program.

Goal #3 – Build Legacy: Boost Cultural Economic Development with Commercial District Revitalization Strategies.  For example, fund a Main Street commercial revitalization program, which advocates for the commercial district and connects small businesses to grants, loans, and professional advice.

These are just a few examples, for more information see our complete report, 17th Avenue – Allapattah: An Equitable Development Action Plan for Thriving Commercial Districts.

Impact  - What we’re accomplishing

Our efforts guarantee stronger economic development practices in disenfranchised communities. Our goal is to revive the local micro-economy and boost our neighborhood commercial districts. We preserve vulnerable cultural communities of color by implementing best practices to prevent displacement, build wealth, increase community participation in the community development process and highlight the community’s history and uniqueness. We empower, educate, increase community-based ownership, expand services available and support the fabric that knits the community together.

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