Spotlight on Miami Gardens

Miami Gardens is one of SoFla’s newest cities, but it  still has plenty of history to go around.

The area encompasses neighborhoods like Carol City and Bunche Park and sits just south of the Broward County line. It officially became a city nearly 17 years ago and is now the third largest city in Miami-Dade County.

Over the years, the mostly suburban community has seen plenty of growth and the opening of new attractions like Topgolf and Hard Rock Stadium — aka the site of Super Bowl 54

The city has also faced criticism over policing issues and crime. This has led to recent partnerships with the Miami-Dade State Attorney and other agencies in an effort to solve cases and reduce the number of violent offenses there.

Miami Gardens also has one of the largest concentrations of black residents in the country and includes a cultural mix of folks from the Caribbean, West Africa, and beyond.

In the past month or so, we explored the Gardens by looking at some of its demographic history, taking a trip to Ice Cream Heaven, meeting the champion athletes of Miami Gardens XPress and digging into Ethiopian cuisine and culture at Awash.