The Allapattah Collaborative CDC started as an Equitable Development Action Plan community engagement process and flourished into a well-funded placed based initiative ready to engage the community in ownership, wealth building, advocacy, equitable development and increased economic inclusion.
Hours of listening and community engagement- Over 200 hours of listening and community engagement to identify needs and pinpoint adequate solutions
Dollars invested and leveraged in this effort so far- Over $750,000 invested into this effort so far by local, regional and national organizations
Amount of dollars secured in access to capital for small businesses – Over $300,000 in access to capital secured for microbusiness in the corridor
Number of Hours of technical assistance provided to small businesses- Over 75 hours of direct technical assistance provided to small businesses on the 17 th Avenue commercial corridor
Number of collaborator- Over 100 local, national and international partners and collaborators assisting us to implement our selected strategies and continue ongoing research
Number of best practices reviewed – Over 150 best practices reviewed to drive our approach
The Bigger Picture…..
The impact of the Dominican community in Miami, FL has been felt most in Allapattah.
After the McDuffy riots and a few bad situations (political, paradise lost, etc) the Allapattah area was depleted. At the same time, political turmoil was wrecking the Dominican Republic. Miami and Santo Domingo are deeply connected through its maritime trade, as we have been primary trading partners (#1). This provided an opportunity for immigration, and Allapattah´s proximity to the Miami River made it a natural landing spot for Dominican immigration. As Dominicans started to populate the area in the 80s and 90s, the Dominican entrepreneurial spirit led to the start-up of many small businesses by taking up abandoned commercial space (for which you could not get liability insurance due to high risk) to open up shops that supported the newcomers- barbershops, travel agencies, restaurants, multi-services, bodegas, etc. This created a micro-economy that sustained the neighborhood and its residents. In 2003, the City of Miami named a portion of the area "Little Santo Domingo". They also changed the name of the park and 17th avenue to Juan Pablo Duarte to commemorate the contribution of the Dominican community in Miami. Gentrification and lack of protective policies have taken a hard hit in our community in the past 10 years. Our initiative aims to renew that dream, reignite our commercial prowess and infuse Miami with Dominican culture where it all started- Allapattah.