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Old 02-19-2008, 08:49 PM
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Hi. I'm a Hispanic woman interested in living in Havana, Florida. Is it a place that is accepting of different races and cultures, or more of a closed community? Also, is it pretty or run down? I would appreciate any answers you could provide that would shed some light on what life is like in Havana, Florida. Thank you.
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:40 AM
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Driving through, it appears to be a run-down lumber town. Dunno more than that.
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:41 AM
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little havana you mean in Miami ???
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Old 02-21-2008, 02:55 PM
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Default Nono, not Little Havana. That's a neighborhood... this is a city

It's called Havana, and it's located outside of Tallahassee, Florida. I just wondered if it was a nice town or what.
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:53 PM
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Havana had it's hay day back before the trade embargo with Cuba set in, they were a tobacco town. Now they survive mostly off the small farms in the outlying areas. Maybe some parts of that community are open, but in the main part of the town most of the people are segregated... there is wealthy or upper middle class whites living on the historic area streets and at their coveted country club... and then there is one street over where the blacks, etc and lower class whites live in sqwaller. When I worked there there was ONE black family at the country club and ONE black member of the Kiwanis club (both the same guy)... They can be open and friendly but I think a lot of the residents are not comfortable mixing. Most of the residents either own comapnies in the area or work in Tallahassee or do labor or don't work at all. There is very little inbetween in this town when it comes to income and social class. You either are or you aren't. They are one of those towns where you only REALLY belong if you were born there, and your father was born there and his father was born there, etc.

It has one ratty Harvey's grocery store and the closest burger joint is in Tallahassee. Other than "Rick's Chicken Shack" there is no where to get food after about 4:30p. The public schools are also so terrible that anyone who can scrape together enough money send their children to the local private schools (which one in particluar is no better than the public schools, but it's almost all white and they seem to be drawn to that) do so. I worked in the downtown area for a year and while it's a lovely place to go for the day for lunch and antiquing, I wouldn't move there if you paid me and bought me a house at the country club. lol.

Also, if you are looking to rent, I hope you like run down trailers or the old "hole-in-one" motel/crackhouse-esque apartments that rent by the week... if you want to buy, prepare to deal with the one and ONLY realtor in town who is neither friendly, helpful nor gracious. I delt with her once when I was looking to buy when I first got my job... she got very upset that I wanted info on a house for sale and basically threw a photocopy of the newspaper listing at me and told me to leave. LOL.

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Old 03-08-2008, 06:05 AM
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Default Well! Okay, it sounds positively horrific!

I've never understood why American towns all end up "going bad" with time, where European ones do not. It saddens me. Thank you so much for the heads up on what a mess Havana, FL is.
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Old 10-22-2011, 05:14 PM
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so u dont think living in havana is a good place for myself and my fiancee and my to boys
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