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Miracle Mile

Mariana Soto | New Jersey, United States

7 AM Alfonso is ready to start a new journey.

Bergenline Avenue is a major business district in northern New Jersey. It is the longest commercial avenue in the state, boasting over 300 retail stores and restaurants, many of which serve as an outlet for Hispanic entrepreneurs who have migrated to Union City.

The avenue has been part of the commercial history of the area since 1900. Business owners were historically Italian but now are predominantly Cuban and Mexican. In 2014, I had the opportunity of meeting a Mexican family who have lived and worked illegally in the U.S. for more than ten years. They are in charge of a market for vegetables and fruit.

I believe that my photographs speak, not only for me but also for those who deserve respect and reward for being an important part of the economic and social progress of their adopted country.

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