Normandy Isles in northern Miami Beach surged in popularity after World War II.
Apartment buildings, houses and a golf course popped up in the `1940s and ‘50s.
The North Beach community seemed to have it all: a movie theater, a butcher, delis and bakeries, a supermarket, Italian restaurants, even a newsstand with the latest comic books.
In the 1990s, the area got even more diverse, with an Argentine infusion of people and food.
Now, Normandy Isles is evolving again as old buildings come down and larger residential and commercial buildings rise.
Here’s a look at the early days of Normandy Isles from the photo archives of the Miami Herald:
THE GOLF COURSE
THE HOMES AND APARTMENTS