The story of Miami Beach is a much about neighborhoods as it is about preservation. As the nation’s first 20th Century neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Miami Beach or South Beach has much to be proud of. Yet, behind all the glimmer and glitz of South Beach there is a legacy that remains. How to control development and preserve its historical neighborhoods? That is the battle that is going with Lincoln Road and Star Island.
Many of the residents of Miami Beach were refugees from Nazi concentration camps. In came developers on bulldozers who saw boarded up buildings and a nice piece of real estate. They did not see people; they saw dollar signs.
Preservationist Barbara Capitman saw the boarded up buildings, too. But she also saw the people living in the buildings who needed a nice, safe place to stay.