Krome Ave is rocking. Spend five minutes at its intersection with SW 88th Street and you’re likely to see more tons of concrete roll through than it takes to build a plaza. The highway offers a seemingly endless convoy of eighteen-wheelers and dump trucks that render these crossroads a rumbling heavy-metal driving force for the greater Miami construction boom. A multinational corporation has an outpost here and it represents a significant pour of Dade County building cement.
But not that long ago this was all farm land.
From corn, to strawberries, to tomatoes, the area was a true agricultural zone.
You’ll still find plenty of fields, sure. Hundreds of acres of industrial powered sprinkler systems and moving columns of human resources stooping, pulling, and packing bags of produce in large commercial quantities.
It’s next stop may be the grocery store a block away.
Meanwhile, farms are nothing without water, but the wet and wild river grass of the Everglades may soon return the region to its primordial funk. If current conditions are any indication, this area and more may face a level of inundation that forces a reckoning with the very notion of 20th century style agriculture.
On the tail end of the second day of Hurricane Iota’s landfall over central America, mysterious pools can be found about a football field east of Krome Avenue on SW 88th Street.
Are they part of a submerged watering line that helps seedlings sprout to kick off a hopefully bountiful winter season. Or are they un-evaporated lakes of rainfall from the recent semi-torrential downpour?
This is a question that cannot be answered here and now. But something is going on around here, and I don’t know what it is, but I’ve seen it, took a picture, and I’m gonna look into it.