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Carl Juste / Miami Herald

A plan for the future of the historic Little Havana neighborhood was released Tuesday after two years of preparation. 

The "Little Havana Me Importa" effort launched in 2017 after the neighborhood was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, more than 2,700 residents have given their input about the future of their neighborhood through workshops and surveys. The collaboartion is being led by PlusUrbia, the National Trust and private sector developers.

Allapattah is a Miami neighborhood under pressure. Speculators and developers are buying up properties and several major new development projects are underway.

News headlines boast the area is the “new Wynwood” and the “next hot neighborhood."

But Miami choreographer Liony Garcia hears one word: “gentrification.”

Penny Arcade / Courtesy

If you’re a transplanted New Yorker and you haven’t been back to the Big Apple in a while, performance artist Penny Arcade is here to tell you that the city has changed.

A LOT.

During her one-woman show, “Longing Lasts Longer,” Arcade tells the audience:

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

Developers and investors looking for the next Miami real estate diamond in the rough are venturing into Allapattah, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods bordering trendy Wynwood.

That proximity to the city’s booming urban core, along with Metrorail access and riverfront views, have prompted discussion over the future of development in Allapattah, which some say is at a crossroads.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Extreme storms and sea level rise are leading real estate investors to look at communities with higher elevation, like Little Haiti, causing a wave of new development that threatens current residents in those areas.

Alejandra Martinez

Caroline Lewis has made it her life mission to amplify conversations around climate change. She founded the CLEO Institute in Miami in 2010 and has focused her efforts on educating the public.

Riane Roldan / WLRN

There's a buzzword among people who work on quality-of-life issues in South Florida: "Resilience."

It’s a concept we often apply to a person, someone who's able to cope with difficult circumstances. But more and more, the word is being used in the context of how communities respond to issues like traffic, hurricanes, affordable housing and rising seas.

Nadege Green

Johny Silionord points to the gaping hole in the floor when he opens the front door to his first-floor apartment in Little Haiti.

“Look at this. This is what I’m paying for,” he says in Creole.

Three white buckets sit alongside a wall in his room. They come in handy to collect the water that pours through the ceiling during a rainstorm or to catch the water that seeps through when his upstairs neighbor flushes the toilet.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Rollin Virgile walks through his Little Haiti store amid dozens of weddings dresses, white floral crowns, men’s tuxedo vests and baptism gowns. He greets customers in Creole: "Bonswa, koman nou ye?" (Good afternoon, how are you all?) 

Gentrification is no longer something that just happens in low-income neighborhoods. As the phenomenon displaces communities of color, from Inglewood to Washington, D.C., "gentrification" has been co-opted to include food and culture as well. So, what does the loaded term really mean?

Tim Padgett / WLRN.org

Gentrification is coming to Little Haiti faster than in any community in Miami – and Haitian-owned businesses are getting pushed out as a result.

Allison Light / WLRN

Housing advocates from the Miami Workers Center, the Miami-Dade branch of the  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other organizations gathered with residents outside of a new development in Overtown on Thursday morning to demand more affordable housing.

The protesters said the Mill Creek Modera Riverhouse being built on Northwest 11th Street represents the gentrification problem facing low-income communities.

WLRN Youth Radio: When Gentrification Happened To Me

Aug 31, 2016
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Miami changes very quickly. The city has only existed for little more than  a century and seems to constantly reinvent itself every decade.

But change can disrupt communities that have weathered those changes for a long time. The neighborhood of Overtown, in particular, has been in the middle of a lot of these changes over the years.

Jam’Mesha Briggs grew up in Overtown, went to school in Overtown and was surrounded by family who lived in Overtown. One day she had to move out.

She tells her story about what it’s like to be on the receiving end of gentrification.

Daniel Ducassi

An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the owner of Cantelop Property Investment, Inc., as Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. The property owner is the lieutenant governor's father, Carlos C. Lopez-Cantera Sr. Friday, Feb. 27, 4:01 p.m.

A zoning proposal meant to spur redevelopment in Little Havana would benefit some well-heeled, well-connected men.

Daniel Ducassi

At a time when investors are paying record prices for land in Wynwood, real estate broker and developer David Lombardi is choosing not to build on his Wynwood properties.

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