Vibrant Neighborhoods encourages citizens to explore the rich history of immigrants who moved to the United States with hopes of creating the American dream. Through challenges and successes, immigrants have and continue to contribute to the rich tapestry that is the Quad Cities region and the nation.
Explore the impact and value of immigrant communities here in the Quad Cities region and across the country through our initiative, Vibrant Neighborhoods. This initiative includes local interviews, programs and community discussions, as well as national PBS program content, to foster understanding and awareness of older and newer immigrant communities within the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois region.
Made possible by a grant from Global Communities.
Vibrant Neighborhoods began with its first focus on the Floreciente neighborhood located in Moline. "The West End of Moline—called the Floreciente Neighborhood—has always been a gateway to 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 expansive visibility of the Floreciente neighborhood to the greater Quad City area, helping facilitate community change, and to bring awareness."
Naming the Floreciente Neighborhood
Louisa Terronez Ewert
Miguel Rosas (Entrepreneur)
Juan and Dolores Barajas
Vibrant Neighborhoods is made possible by a grant from Global Communities, a non-profit organization that works with communities worldwide to improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.