Sunday January 7, 2007

Someone named Brown wrote a book on the history of Little Haiti. This Miami Herald article gives neither the book’s title nor the author’s first name. Update: NicFitKid and Manola to the rescue; see the comments.

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  1. NicFitKid    Sun Jan 7, 11:51 PM #  

    The book is titled “The History of Little Haiti: Featuring Its Pioneer Settlers.” The author is David Brown. It is referenced in the 19th paragraph of this article from January ’06.

  2. alesh    Mon Jan 8, 12:04 AM #  

    Thank you, Nic. Information and due credit will be updated to the post as soon as I feel slightly less lazy.

    But what really gets me is the Herald’s incompetence. I just sent an e-mail to the author of the article (by clicking the e-mail link under the title!!) and within an hour an error message came back from the Herald’s computer:

    Reporting-MTA: dns;MIAXCH01.MHPC.HERALD.COM
    Received-From-MTA: dns;
    Arrival-Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 21:16:29 -0500

    Final-Recipient: rfc822;
    Action: failed
    Status: 5.2.2
    X-Display-Name: Beras, Erika

    In other words, they know who she is, they just can’t get a message to her!

    When I saw this I laughed so hard that Irish whiskey almost came out of my nose.

  3. Manola Blablablanik    Mon Jan 8, 12:05 AM #  

    Alesh, here ya go. Copy of an email sent to me by Joanne Hyppolite, field researched at the museum and a friend of mine.

    I was planning on going.

    *Do you know:

    1. When and how the area known as Little Haiti got its name?
    2. Who the first Haitian family was to live there?
    3. Who is considered the “Father of Little Haiti?”

    Find out more about the history of this fascinating neighborhood at a booksigning and reception for

    the Haitian pioneers themselves


    David C. Brown

    author of The Story of Little Haiti, Featuring Its Pioneers

    Thursday, January 11, 2007

    7:00-9:00 PM

    Historical Museum of Southern Florida
    101 West Flagler St Miami, FL 33130

    Here is the flyer, but warning it’s PDF!!!!!

  4. Manola Blablablanik    Mon Jan 8, 12:10 AM #  

    oh yeah, what’s up with writing about a book and not including the title or the author’s full name? How hard could it have been to do that?????

  5. alesh    Mon Jan 8, 12:14 AM #  

    Thanks Manola!

    I use a little FireFox pluggin called TargetAlert which warns me when I’m about to click a PDF, but some websites get around it by hiding the PDF behind an HTML redirect of in a Flash link. There should be a special place in hell for developers who do that.

    Meanwhile, I need to get my PDF situation fixed. There’s gold in them there files. (Even though google can usually extract it into an HTML format if you know how to ask.)

  6. alesh    Mon Jan 8, 12:17 AM #  

    How hard could it have been to do that?????

    Exactly. I have a feeling this is more to do with sloppy editing then a boneheaded reporter. Shame I can’t contact Erika to find out. If I’m feeling ambitious tomorrow maybe I’ll give her a call.

  7. mkh    Mon Jan 8, 12:29 AM #  

    Actually, a returned message status code 5.2.2 just means her mailbox is full.

  8. History buff    Mon Jan 8, 01:31 AM #  

    History is wonderful. Modern history and the latest demographics and census data show us that the Haitians have been leaving Miami and the former Little Haiti neighborhood. They are leaving in droves. They have been finding better housing and a better quality of life in N. Miami, N. Miami Beach, Broward County and even Kendall. Enrollment in the local elementary schools along NE 2nd Avenue is down 25% in 10 years. The elementary school Principals admit the declining enrollments are due to Haitians leaving… Ask any Haitians you know where they live. You will hear Miami Shores, Broward County, N. Miami etc…

    Many American blacks live in Dist 5. They were always offended at having their neighborhood named after another country. Ask them.

  9. donna    Mon Jan 8, 02:22 AM #  

    we are also moving to north florida, georgia, and northern states. we are just making more income and most of us are second and third generation.

  10. NicFitKid    Mon Jan 8, 02:39 AM #  

    All I did was a little google noodling. What’s weird is that the article comes back in multiple titles. For example, if you enter “history of little haiti” brown in the search bar, the top results shows the author’s full name (from the Herald, no less). If you click on the cached version, the title reads “David Brown spent three years collecting oral histories for his book, The Story of Little Haiti: Featuring Its Pioneers,” while Alesh’s original Herald link just says “History of Little Haiti unveiled by Miami-Dade County mayor.”

    Some kind of editing goof, I guess.

  11. alesh    Mon Jan 8, 03:21 AM #  

    The Herald needs to add this to their “Shit we should look into figuring out at some point” list. I subscribe to their ‘local news’ RSS feed, and it is such a fucking disaster — you’ll see 20 new items, scroll down, and it’s mostly four or five stories, over and over. I gather they’re re-posted each time they make an adjustment.

    This is just silly.

    I like that they post the article as soon as possible, and add information, but bloglines has an option that lets the USER select what to do with articles that have changed. I’m not sure what’s going on with the Herald’s CMS, but it’s not right.

    Before I posted this, I looked for alternates with the Herald’s search engine, and the one I linked was the only one that came up.

  12. History Buff    Tue Jan 9, 12:44 AM #  

    Yes, I have heard Haitians are moving to Georgia and to many other states. As Haitians become successful they save their money and they move to better neighborhoods. The average home in Dist 5 (Overtown, Little River, Little Haiti, Buena Vista et al) is 44 years old vs 23 years old for the median Miami-Dade County home. People want secure clean shelter. Haitians have of course, moved to N. Miami and Broward County. People always aspire to better things. The point is Little Haiti is soon to be without Haitians. And that is a credit to the Haitians who have worked hard and moved to better cleaner safer communities.

  13. Little River booster    Mon Jan 15, 04:06 AM #  

    Little Haiti, Lemon City and Little River will hopefully keep changing. And more importantly, they will keep getting better. New people and new ideas must move in. If the City of Miami does not screw things up new people and new companies will come in and invest. The homes, duplexes and commercial buildings are old. They need weatherproofing and often they need new roofs.

    Unfortunately, the City of Miami does not understand the area and the City hinders growth and investment. Safety is crucial. The Police need to give the area more attention and the City should encourage “eyes on the street”.