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Vibrant Neighborhoods


Celebrating Our
Immigrant Communities

Floreciente Neighborhood Survey

We invite you to take
a short, anonymous survey about
Moline's Floreciente neighborhood. Available in
English or Spanish.

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.


Celebrating our history with WQPT

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. Vibrant Neighborhoods is made possible by a grant from Global Communities.


Moline's Floreciente Neighborhood

Vibrant NeighborhoodsVibrant Neighborhoods first focus neighborhood is Floreciente in Moline. "The West End of Moline, now 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, WQPT Vibrant Neighborhoods Coordinator. "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.

WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess explained the program goal using the first neighborhood as an example, "What we hope to achieve through this program is to provide a wider visibility of the Floreciente neighborhood to the Greater Quad City area, help facilitate community change, and to help tell their story."


Available Videos

Take a look at the history and stories of the Vibrant Neighborhood of Floreciente. Families, businesses, and leaders all lend their voices to tell the story of the neighborhood.


Naming the Floreciente Neighborhood

The story of how the name Floreciente was chosen to describe the neighborhood.


Ballet Folklorico (Culture)

Keeping traditions alive through music and dance at Ballet Folklorico.


Carmen Fuentes (Carmen’s Jewelry)

A business is more than a business in the Floreciente neighborhood.


Bennie Terronez (Family)

Bennie Terronez talks about raising his family in the Floreciente neighborhood, helping to lead it and what it means to be a part of this community.


Rico Navarro (Family Tradition)

Rico Navarro talks about being raised in Floreciente and what it means to be from the west end of Moline.


Greg Aguilar (Community)

Greg Aguilar talks about the Floreciente community and what it means to be a part of it.


Miguel Rosas (Entrepreneur)

Miguel Rosas talks about being a young entrepreneur in Floreciente and the business community of the neighborhood.


Greg Aguilar (Business)

Greg Aguilar talks about business opportunities in Floreciente and how the community supports one another


Juanita Terronez (Education)

Juanita Terronez talks about education, serving as principle at Ericsson Elementary school until it closed and living in the Floreciente neighborhood.


Alvaro Macias (Family)

When the Macias family moved to the Floreciente they called it home. What does the neighborhood mean to them today?


Louisa Terronez Ewert

Louisa Terronez Ewert talks about growing up in Floreciente and the wide variety of business professionals that have come from the neighborhood.


Juan and Dolores Barajas (Immigrating)

Juan and Dolores Barajas discuss their immigration story and how they established their businesses in the Floreciente neighborhood.


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.