Ineffable Miami

How can Miami be described? It all depends on perspective. Some may say it is a hot, traffic-riddled, expensive city; others that it is a paradisiacal spot teeming with Latin influence, beautiful beaches, and amazing weather. However, when one experiences Miami – truly experiences Miami – it becomes clear that it is simply ineffable. This project will allow you to write an academic travel guide showing your unique perspective on one of Miami’s neighborhoods.

INEFFABLE MIAMI STUDENTS PROJECTS
FIU Honors College students have explored and reflected on everything Miami. Read through their projects and see their recommendations. Have they been to your neighborhood?

Directory of Ineffable Miami Projects

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Each student must select one neighborhood in Miami and write an academic travel guide describing it. The guide should provide a manner to discover the authentic nature of location. The guide should include history, demographics, urban design, transportation, museums, monuments, places of worship, eateries, and broader lessons we can reflect upon

NOTE: Wealth disparity, racial and ethnic segregation, and environmental degradation are unfortunate recurring themes in Miami’s history. Student projects must address these issues. Projects should not simply be glorify an neighborhood.

FORMAT
Detailed format description on this page.

This is the major project for the semester. It must be a minimum of 2,000 words.

NEIGHBORHOODS

Alladin City
Allapattah
Andover
Aventura
Bal Harbour
Bal Harbour Islands
Biscayne Gardens
Biscayne Park
Brickell
Brownsville
Buena Vista
Bunche Park
Carol City
Coconut Grove
Cocoplum
Coral Gables
Coral Gate
Coral Terrace
Coral Way Village
Country Club
Country Walk
Cutler
Cutler Bay
Cutler Ridge
Dadeland
Design District
Doral
East Perrine
Edgewater
El Portal
Fisher Island
Florida City
Fontainebleau
Franjo
Gladeview
Glenvar Heights
Golden Beach
Golden Glades
Goulds
Grapeland Heights
Green-Mar Acres
Hawley Heights
Hialeah
Hialeah Gardens
Homestead
Homestead Base
Howard
Indian Creek
Ives Estates
Lake Lucerne
Lakes by the Bay
Liberty City
Little Haiti (Lemon City)
Little River
Kendale Lakes
Kendall
Kendall West
Key Biscayne
Leisure City
Medley
Melrose
Miami
Miami Beach
Miami Gardens
Miami Lakes
Miami Shores
Miami Springs
Miracle Mile
Naranja
North Bay Village
North Miami
North Miami Beach
Norwood
Ojus
Olympia Heights
Opa-Locka
Opa-Locka North
Overtown
Palm Springs North
Palmetto Bay
Palmetto Estates
Perrine
Pinecrest
Pinewood
Princeton
Richmond Heights
Richmond West
Riverside
Saga Bay
Scott Lake
Seminola
Silver Bluff
South Beach
South Miami
South Miami Heights
Sunny Isles Beach
Sunset
Surfside
Sweetwater
Tamiami
Tamiami Lakes
The Crossings
The Hammocks
The Roads
Three Lakes
University Park
Upper Buena Vista
Virginia Gardens
Virginia Key
West Flagler
West Little River
West Kendall
West Perrine
West Miami
Westchester
Westview
Westwood Lakes
Wynwood

CITATIONS
Similar to a research paper, all sources must be cited for all project formats. If you utilize an existing film for inspiration or incorporate clips or pictures from someone else, you must cite those. Failure to do is plagiarism.

GRADING CRITERIA
These following factors will be considered in determining the project grade:

  1. Research! The student must demonstrate a thoroughly researched knowledge of subjects.
  2. The student must tackle Big Ideas-culture, history, religion, philosophy, economic disparity, sexuality, gender, race, to name a few.
  3. The student should not shy away from controversial subjects or opinions.
  4. The student should explain the nature of her/his connection to the subject.
  5. Subjects should be discussed in a broader cultural and historical context. Others should be able to relate to the points made in the project.
  6. Students should aim for originality in text and in the photo.
  7. The student is not expected to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Writing nor Photography. S/he is only expected to put forth maximum effort.

AUTHOR
Marco Linares

EDITOR AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly  02 April 2020
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