Miami Worldcenter

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Bishop  James Adams, of Overtown’s historic St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, is no stranger to Miami redevelopment politics.

Over the last decade, while controversial mega developments have heightened fears of rapid gentrification in Miami, Adams has pushed to preserve Pan-Africanism in Overtown and has held developers accountable for promises of jobs

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The first piece of one of the largest real estate projects in the U.S. is ready and open for tenants.

Audrey Armitage. Art by Nick Gilmore

The city of Miami is rich with artistic, architectural and historic detail, but what can be learned from the streets themselves? Local artist Nick Gilmore explores the heavily used, but often forgotten, city streets in his new print series, “Paper Pavement.”

Gilmore, an adjunct professor of printmaking at Florida International University, takes a close look at the details of aging city streets, transforming crumbling street tops into textured prints that capture a unique piece of Miami’s history.

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A new development project designed to build retail and hotel space in downtown Miami is poised to break ground in the coming months.

The developers of Miami Worldcenter have promised the project will bring jobs to the nearby community of Overtown.

But some critics say a high development of the area will drive those residents away.

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The Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday in favor of creating the Miami Worldcenter Community Development District. This is a special taxing district that would be used to raise funds for infrastructure for the development project.

Activists and community organizers turned out in force at the meeting, calling for greater labor rights and protections for Overtown residents.

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The Dream Defenders, a local social justice group, says it will protest against Miami Worldcenter until certain demands are met that benefit the struggling Overtown community.

Overtown borders the $2 billion Worldcenter development and critics say the project will shut out residents of that neighborhood.

Until their demands are met, the Dream Defenders protesters say they will create civil unrest and demonstrate at County Hall.

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The Miami Worldcenter project hosted a job fair at the Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown that drew hundreds of people from across Miami-Dade Tuesday — including many Overtown residents.

The project is expected to create 18,000 direct jobs.

And while some have been critical about the Worldcenter’s impact in Overtown, Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon said Tuesday’s turnout is evidence that people in the community see the project as something positive.