Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson obtains approval to name local street after community advocate, Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana
Yesterday, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson won approval for a resolution that would name NW 2nd Avenue from NW 30th Street to NW 36th Street as "Dorothy Quintana Avenue," in honor of a local community activist who passed away this March at age 101.
Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana was born in 1909 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She married Efrain Quintana in 1948, and moved to Miami two years later. Dorothy eventually settled in the Wynwood neighborhood in 1957, where she lived until her death.
Dorothy dedicated more than 50 years to improving life for the residents of Wynwood, fighting crime and drugs, helping residents secure social services, feeding the hungry, helping the sick and assisting senior citizens. Over the years, Dorothy opened her home to Cuban refugees and to Haitian migrants. She received many awards and recognition for her service, even having the City of Miami’s remodeled community center in Roberto Clemente Park named after her.
"As many of you know, Dottie passed away last month at the age of 101, but left behind a legacy of service unmatched by many," said Vice Chairwoman Edmonson. "Dottie was a force of nature for whom the word 'no' didn't exist when it came time to standing up for her community of Wynwood. She lived there, in the same house on NW 34 Street, since 1957. From there, Dottie not only waged battle for the betterment of Wynwood, but fought for senior citizens, the poor, the homeless, the recently arrived and anyone who needed her help. She was a champion, an unforgettable character and the unofficial mayor of Wynwood."
The street naming dedication will take place at a later date to be announced. For more information, please contact Vice Chairwoman Edmonson’s office at 305-636-2331.
Dorothy "Dottie" Quintana with Vice Chairwoman Edmonson in 2008.
(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)