There’s the mistaken notion that development always fosters the economy. Plowing down trees and homes are what we call progress. I am sure that’s what developers and the city of Miami Beach had in mind years ago. Like the creature from the black lagoon, they had just witnessed Disney World rising from the swamp in Orlando.
Miami Beach had its own monsters to slay. With its drug problems, crime, and dilapidated buildings, surely this strategy would work for Miami Beach. But visionary Barbara Capitman had a better idea.