Saving South Beach / Edition 1

Saving South Beach / Edition 1

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by Mary Barron Stofik
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813029023

ISBN-13: 9780813029023

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: University Press of Florida

"Only 30 years ago the southern end of Miami Beach was a dingy warren of deteriorating hotels, retiree apartments, and high crime rates. Today it is "SoBe" - one of the world's most glamorous hotspots. Saving South Beach is the story of people in the face of inevitable change and about the continual evolution of American neighborhoods." "In Saving South Beach,…  See more details below

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"Only 30 years ago the southern end of Miami Beach was a dingy warren of deteriorating hotels, retiree apartments, and high crime rates. Today it is "SoBe" - one of the world's most glamorous hotspots. Saving South Beach is the story of people in the face of inevitable change and about the continual evolution of American neighborhoods." "In Saving South Beach, historic preservation clashes with development as each side vies for control. From Barbara Baer Capitman, the ailing middle-aged widow who became an evangelist for the Miami Beach Art Deco district, to Abe Resnick, the millionaire Holocaust survivor determined to stop her; from pioneers to volunteers; from Jewish retirees to Cuban exiles; from residents and business owners to developers and city leaders, each adds another piece to the puzzle and another view of the intense conflict that ensued." Although a number of the area's iconic buildings were demolished, the Miami Design Preservation League succeeded in entering almost half of the neighborhood into the National Register of Historic Places, kicking off a revitalization effort that spread like Art Deco wildfire throughout South Beach. Preservationist M. Barron Stofik lived in Miami during this turmoil-ridden period and, through hundreds of interviews and extensive investigation, weaves together themes of civic heroism, preservation, and cultural change in the human story behind the pastel facades and neon lights.

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ISBN-13:
9780813029023
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Florida History and Culture Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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Saving South Beach 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw an advance copy of this and was expecting it to be only about architecture. I was really surprised that it's mostly about people, mostly the local residents (some of who were very colorful!)but also a lot of celebrities. It really was a vivid history of the area, especially during the turbulent 1980s. A great read.