RIP Miami historian, activist Arva Moore Parks

Arva Moore Parks, a towering Miami figure who gave shape to the city’s saga as a historian and who fought fiercely as a preservationist to save many of its most iconic landmarks, has died.

Among the architectural and historic treasures that Parks helped save are the Biltmore Hotel and the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami and the Miami Marine Stadium.

Parks died Sunday at home in Miami’s Shenandoah neighborhood. She was 81.

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