Herald Tribune: January 29

January 30th, 2018

Giving Newtown a voice — and listening to it

When architect, artist and city planner Germane Barnes moved to Opa-Locka in 2013, he knew he was facing an enormous challenge. The low-income and predominantly African-American Miami suburb had a reputation for two things: the unusual Moorish architecture favored by its founder, and a rate of violent crime — once ranked the worst in the country — so out of control city leaders had blocked entrances to the neighborhood with metal barriers to stem drug traffic.

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