Where once there had been riots, an ice cream truck attracted hungry children. A group played basketball, friends worked on a car engine.
Next door to a looted, burned-out grocery store, three youths sat in lawn chairs and watched a portable television.Throughout Miami's impoverished, troubled black neighborhoods of Overtown and Liberty City, Sunday's Super Bowl pre-empted any lingering racial tension.
A crack deal was visible on one corner at game time. A youth whose friends said he had been involved in the rioting cruised the neighborhood in a rented car and flashed a wad of cash.
Just a typical Sunday, residents said.
Even police officers manning barricades and strike teams called "field forces" sat on squad car hoods watching the game, eating potato chips and giving the latest score to passing motorists.
"There's more excitement about the game now than about what happened," said Anthony Burnes, a resident of Overtown's public housing projects who donned a Bengals T-shirt while watching the game with friends.
"Everything seems normal now."
Not everything. When a window shattered at an apartment complex across from the TV-watching police field force in Liberty City, an officer immediately drew his gun and crouched behind his car.
"These guys are dead tired," said the commander of the force, who declined to give his name because he normally works undercover.
And late Sunday, a black man who fired on two police officers in Liberty City was shot by one of the officers, authorities said. The man was listed in "stable but not critical condition," Jackson Memorial Hospital officials said.
Three nights of rioting last week were sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black motorcyclist by a Hispanic policeman.
A panel of police officers and Overtown residents that was established by the city to investigate the shooting was holding its first working meeting Monday. In addition, various local, state and federal agencies are investigating.
With the violence barely subsided, police at Joe Robbie Stadium north of Miami kept security extra tight for the Super Bowl, in which the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 before a sellout crowd of more than 75,000.
The biggest security problem, however, appeared to be coping with fans who had their wallets - or worse, their tickets - lifted by pickpockets. Two dozen arrests were made, police said.