Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Johnson & Wales University ~ We Once Had A Baby Here

One of the things that attracted us to the neighborhood was that we were only about half a mile from North Miami General Hospital. A few years later a group of local doctors took financial control of the hospital, and in a "cost cutting" move it was "merged" with Parkway Hospital several miles to the northwest and also owned by the same group of doctors. The savings I suppose went straight into their pockets. It was a time when the government was trying to reduce medical costs and this was supposed to do exactly that. My health insurance kept increasing anyway. The building sat vacant for several years.

Johnson and Wales, a culinary school in Rhode Island, was looking for a new home with room to expand. They bought the hospital building, renovated it, and over the next few years bought some nearby office buildings as well as some local motels to use as dorms. Some unsuspecting students are bunking in the very same room where the world famous porn film Deep Throat starring Linda Lovelace was filmed.

Johnson and Wales added more courses, opened a school of business, and started billing themselves as a University. They're active in the community and make good neighbors. My baby making days are over anyway.

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