Roaches and Revitalization

Art really does build community. The saying goes, according to my friend Gil Mayers, first the roaches then the rats, then the artists, then the yuppies or buppies. Miami Beach has witnessed this cycle. Now that the Art Deco District is really thriving, artists and entrepreneurs are being driven out by the high rent. Don’t take my word for it! Stroll done Lincoln Road and you’ll witness the gentrification of the place. Van Dykes among other mom and pop businesses is gone. Not sure why IceBox Café relocated to Purdy Avenue in Miami Beach, but my imagination tells me that escalating rents had something to do with it. In May, Britto’s gallery space on Lincoln went for $34.5 million! Yeah, but he’s one artist that can afford a price increase.

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