Coral Gables

Coral Gables /ˌkɒrəl ˈɡeɪbəlz/ is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, southwest of Downtown Miami, in the United States. The city is home to the University of Miami. The population was 42,249 at the 2000 census. According to U.S Census estimates in 2005, the city had a population of 42,871. Coral Gables is served directly by the Miami Metrorail at Douglas Road, University, and South Miami stations. Douglas Road, adjacent to the Village of Merrick Park, provides transit service into Downtown Coral Gables via the Coral Gables Trolley, to University of Miami at its namesake station, and to parts of Coral Gables and The Shops at Sunset Place at South Miami. Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and prefigured the development of the gated community and the homeowners association. It is famous for its strict zoning regulations. The city was developed by George Edgar Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The city's architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival Style. By 1926, the city covered 10,000 acres (40 km), had netted $150 million in sales with over $100 million spent on development. Merrick designed the downtown commercial district to be...
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