Endangered Historic Sites

Little Havana/Riverside


One of the most significant urban enclaves in the US, Little Havana / Riverside has always been a safe haven for immigrants and symbolic of the American melting pot. This large neighborhood features a veritable treasure trove of architectural typologies and styles. These types are unique in their local adaptations and further enhanced by the physical vernacular interventions by various ethnicities that have occupied this neighborhood. Currently, there are two main threats to the Little Havana / Riverside neighborhood: up zoning, which will detrimentally affect neighborhood character; and endangered scattered resources with no legal mechanism in place for the establishment of thematic multiple resource nominations. The creation of historic districts and thematic multiple resource nominations will save Little Havana. Recently, the city established a small historic district in East Little Havana which will help future chances of broadening the district.