Sunday, May 6, 2012

Linda Avenue

A quiet back street in New Town, a comfort zone for birds to hang out in the street and chat. Or bicker, I think. They weren't being quite so nice to each other as Cheyenne and I strolled past.

Linda lies just off Flagler Avenue and crosses the entrance to the Little Hamaca City Park next to the airport.

Here's a link to an essay I wrote on the park including a discussion of the Gambusia Fish ditches, Little Hamaca.

Above we see some lucky child's model SUV. While below we see the real thing. Bringing them up from an early age to appreciate large vehicles, I suppose.

Florida drivers rate a shady parking spot as a good place to leave their cars. Shade that produce edible fruit, like these sea grapes is a bonus in my opinion.

New Town was the undeveloped part of the island that became desirable in the mid 20th century as a place to build wide streets and mainland sized homes with all modern conveniences.

The ranchette bungalows may not look pretty compared to the ramshackle Old Town wooden homes but they get big yards, off street parking and lots of greenery, most of whose taxonomy is not known to me, as usual.

Palm shrub with dangly bits:

The biggest issue these homes had arose in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma drowned this side of the island and residents gained a fresh appreciation for the slightly higher elevation of some knobs of land in Old Town.

It was rather the same way for New Orleans where the French Quarter and The old Faubourg Marigny quarters didn't flood in Hurricane Katrina. The original settlers had reasons for building where they did.

In the picture above we see a steeply pitched roof more suitable for Alpine snows, you'd think. Yet here it is. And below we see a loo brush flower whose proper name...I can't recall.

And here's another blob celebrating dentistry apparently.

There is also a canal system around here buried in the mangroves, it runs behind Riviera Drive and across Flagler and under North Roosevelt and pops out near Overseas Market on the north shore of the island.

Flagler Avenue, a main street across the middle of town:

A street for another essay.

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