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Thank goodness--that area is disgusting.
Is there anything tackier than "high-end" designer goods?
Because rich people never live near the poor
That's not the inner city, it's between the gentrified upper east side and El Portal/ Atlantic Shores. The design District has been booming for quite a while. There was a stall, during the housing collapse, that actually contributed to the Design District's authenticity, but it's upscale niche has been there for a long time.
Big deal. Upper Cuba meets Lower Upper Cuba.
You don't know your Miami, r6. The Design District isn't next to El Portal. It abuts Little Haiti to the north and Liberty City to the west. That's about as inner city as you can get.
There's nothing Cuban about that area.
And is this, strictly speaking, gentrification?cThat are is not middle class, working class, artistic, or even ethnic--which is what I associate with NYC gentrification. (This through the eyes of a non-NY.)
That neighborhood is about degradation, crime, and brutality. I never drive by without seeing a few rail thin (junkies?) and really, really deathly looking prostitutes staggering around. About five years ago, I was dropping someone off for a cruise at the port, and as I was driving away, passed a very diseased looking woman completely naked from the waist up running away frantically--but I didn't see anyone chasing her. (I called the cops, of course.)
I'm glad they're giving the area a re-boot.
**These are not middle-class, etc
"I was dropping someone off for a cruise at the port, and as I was driving away, passed a very diseased looking woman completely naked from the waist up running away frantically"
Oh, that was just my mother shooting the topless-on-the-street photos for her 'Sex' book.
I think it is a good idea. It will allow the poor and wretched a chance to see what they could become if they got off the drugs and the dole.
Right R12, since there's no other way they could observe another way of living
R8, I only live there in the winter, but have never considered the surrounding areas of the Design District to be anything like an inner city. Little Haiti has some bad blocks, but hardly a slum like my northeastern inner city slums.