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Who told the Miami Realty Board in 1920 that you can’t build a great community by merely attracting the wealthy?Known as the “Great Commoner,” this champion of the small farmer and the common man, was elected to Congress in 1890 and ran unsuccessful

Known as the “Great Commoner,” this champion of the small farmer and the common man, was elected to Congress in 1890 and ran unsuccessfully three times for president on the Democratic ticket. Famous for forceful and colorful oratory, he moved to Miami in 1916 and became a prominent booster of the city and its environs. Tourists as well as residents were attracted by the thousands to his Royal Palm Park Sunday School Class, and later he was hired by George Merrick to speak persuasively at the Venetian Pool in favor of settling in Coral Gables.  In addressing the Miami Realty Board in 1920, he declared that you can’t build a great community by merely attracting the wealthy and the sporting element, “We must make Miami attractive for the middle class, folks who are interested in virtue and the higher things of life.”

Answer: William Jennings Bryan

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Who, having faced financial ruin after the 1926 economic bust in South Florida, left Miami, only to return in the mid-1930s, holding, thereafter, many prominent local governmental and civic offices?

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Since the death of his father in 1911, this prominent Miami area resident had run the family grapefruit-growing business. By 1921, he had acquired 3,000 acres of land and, influenced by the area's growing real estate boom, began removing grapefruit trees in favor of a large residential development. By 1926, the development has grown to 10,000 acres and included several notable landmarks. In keeping with the adage "the bigger they are the harder they fall," Ruined by the bust of 1926-27 he and his wife moved to the Keys and operated the Caribbee Fish Camp, until it was destroyed by the 1935 Hurricane. He later returned to Miami, becoming chairman of the Dade County Planning Board, chairman of the Zoning Commission, Miami postmaster, board director of Fairchild Tropical Gardens and, to cap it all off, the founding chairman of the board of the Historical Association of Southern Florida.

Answer: George Edgar Merrick

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What is the real name of a major Miami-Dade urban artery which was once called "The Road to Nowhere"?

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Dedicated in 1958, this future urban artery began as a country road going through areas which were decidedly rural. Indeed, lack of development was such that when it was widened in 1964, the undertaking prompted a popular nickname for it: "The Road to Nowhere." Today, it is one of the most travelled urban arteries in Miami-Dade County, with residential communities, malls and commercial operations of every sort lining its extensive progress. 

Answer: Kendall Drive

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