Aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss helped found the city based on the Arabian Nights theme which is evident by the large collection of Moorish architecture throughout the city and with street names like Sabur, Sultan, Ali Baba, Sharazad, Aladdin and Sesame. Today, Opa-Locka is an urban community occupying 4.2 square miles in northwestern Miami-Dade County. Opa-Locka has a large general aviation airport, three parks, two lakes and a railroad station. The city is a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial zones.


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