Renaming of NW 2 Ave to Honor Alexander Puma

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We would like to rename 54th street to honor the late Alexander Puma, his accomplishments and work in the Little Haiti community for the past 50 years. 

We would like your help is naming the section of NW 2nd Avenue from 54th Street to 58 Street in honor of my father Alexander T. Puma.  The Puma family has owned and operated our business Puma Marble Company, located at 5445 NW 2nd Avenue, since 1969 when my parents Alexander and Theresa Puma purchased the existing business from my father’s employer and renamed it.  The neighborhood has seen lots of changes over the 46 years that our family business has been operating.  We have seen good people come and go, buildings fall and rise, and neighbors helping neighbors.

Alexander passed away in 2008, but Puma Marble still thrives to this day continuing what Alexander and Theresa built.  As a part of the community, they continue to reach out to our neighbors to continue to build the community, from helping the homeless in our area, providing work and offering jobs throughout the almost 50 years we have been open to neighborhood residents. 

Theresa recently turned 91 this past March and we would love to give her the news that this portion of NW 2nd Avenue in front of Puma Marble would be named for Alexander. She was his rock and biggest supporter every step they took. We are very thankful for our neighbors and community, for if it were not for them Puma Marble would have burned to the ground from the 1980s riots, along with the building next door to us. Our neighbors stood in front of our business to protect it from harm.  These people are the ones my father and mother said good morning to each day, gave jobs to, helped the homeless and interacted with as neighbors and friends.

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