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"The West End" of Moline, known as the Floreciente Neighborhood, was a regional gateway for new Americans beginning with Swedish and Belgian immigrants more than 150 years ago," said Tar Macias. "Now a heavily Hispanic neighborhood, Floreciente (which means "blooming" in Spanish) is still a gateway for many people from different backgrounds setting roots in the Quad Cities, and it's one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in the area," said Macias. "We hope to create greater visibility of the Floreciente neighborhood, increasing awareness and a sense of community."
Louisa Terronez Ewert
Juan and Dolores Barajas
Naming the Floreciente Neighborhood