Model City, also known as Liberty City, is one of the largest African-American communities in South Florida. Over the past 60 years, Model City has been home to several significant race riots and the area became heavily blighted. During the 1980s, the plight of the neighborhood received national attention thanks in part to television shows like Miami Vice. Housing here consists of both multi-family and single-family homes that are affordably priced.
The community offers a fabulous selection of quaint little restaurants with soul food being a staple. Thanks to the large Haitian population, the food here is to die for with plenty of restaurants to choose from! There are plenty of small neighborhood parks for you and your pup to explore or relax under the shade trees in. Be sure you visit the landmark historical Hampton Hotel. Bright colors are the norm on the houses and buildings creating a colorful environment for you and your dog to enjoy.
Model City is a densely developed residential community and includes a blend of single and multi-family housing along with the local schools. During the day, traffic is moderate, but rush hours tend to be bustling. One thing to keep in mind is that most locals will tell you not to walk alone, especially at night, as parts of the area are not well-lit.
Fortunately, while the land here is flat, there are plenty of sidewalks running down both sides of each street. Because much of Model City is well established, most of the streets have plenty of shade trees to help keep the sun off your back.
The colorful homes and storefronts are a sight to behold and the locals take great pride in turning their homes and businesses into works of art. The locals also take amazing care of the neighborhoods themselves. While some areas may be less maintained, it has not deterred residents from working to create some of the best places to live.
When it comes to finding a small park for you and your dog to spend a little time on the grass together playing around and having a good time, you never have to go very far. Along with the many small neighborhood parks, there are a few larger ones, including Charles Hadley Park. This is the largest park of the three nearby and has vast areas of grass and athletic fields to put in some serious play time on.
Towards the middle of the community is African Square Park, a small community park that features a playground, tables, a basketball court, and some lovely green grass for you and your dog to play on. To the north is the Alonzo Kelly Park that is a small area of grass with plenty of shade for you and your dog to enjoy on a hot summer day when you need a break from the sun.