HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Life guard station at South Beach.

Life guard station at South Beach.

Home for the Holidays. The saying goes. I traded my holiday traditions for time with my grandson and to do caricatures at a Family event  All great things. Still I felt a sense of loss. No Christmas in Avondale or singing Christmas tree. As I look over the last year, there have been a lot of changes for the good but they have all come at a cost.

In January, my apartment rent increased by $300 and forced me to move from South Beach.

South Beach rents have been rising due to foreign investors flooding the market. The search for affordable apartments has put a squeeze on housing. Gentrification has added another component. “First the rats, then the roaches, then the artists, then the yuppies…” a friend once said.

A typical day at South Beach.

A typical day at South Beach.

Developers use artists to improve the ambiance of emerging neighborhoods and lure them in with cheap rent. Developers like Tony Goldman who revitalized SoHo, once offered cut-rate studios to artists in South Beach according to Departures.com. Developer Craig Robins in the Design District is using this strategy as well, they note.

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