gentrification

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD

A controversial mega-development planned for 18 acres in Little Haiti has led to a lawsuit from a neighbor.

Warren Perry, who lives in an apartment on Northeast 62nd Street across the street from the “special area plan” zone known as the Magic City Innovation District, is suing City Hall over commissioners’ denial of his request to intervene in the June 27 debate over final approval of the development plan. The Real Deal first reported on the suit.

Nadege Green / WLRN

Schiller Sanon-Jules greets a group of women who walk over to his set up inside the Caribbean Marketplace in Little Haiti.

It’s a Thursday and although it’s called a marketplace, Sanon-Jules is just one of two vendors.

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The London-based developer of the world’s largest co-living community is expanding to the U.S. — and they’re setting up a major shop in trendy Wynwood.

The Collective, the British start-up that has 8,000 co-living units operating or under development around the United Kingdom and continental Europe, has chosen 2825 NW Second Avenue for its fifth location in the U.S. It also has acquired three locations in New York City and one in Chicago.

Al Diaz / MIAMI HERALD

Critics of the controversial Magic City Innovation District, a large commercial and residential development that would dramatically alter 17 acres in Little Haiti, rallied against the proposed billion-dollar development Thursday in Little Haiti, hoping to make their opposition clear before it goes to the City Commission for a vote next week.

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.

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