Saving South Beach / Edition 1

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Overview

"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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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Yardley
The story of what happened between the mid-1970s and today is what Stofik tells in Saving South Beach. The book is part of the estimable Florida History and Culture Series published by the University Press of Florida, a collaborative effort by 10 of the state's public universities, "an eclectic but carefully crafted set of books that will provide the field of Florida studies with a fresh focus and encourage Florida researchers and writers to consider the broader implications and context of their work." Stofik, who lives in Connecticut but has been very active in Florida preservation organizations, isn't the most riveting prose stylist and includes a good deal more detail than will interest most readers, but the story is exceptionally interesting and has -- as she is at pains to point out -- implications that go far beyond the boundaries of the square mile that is the Miami Beach historic district.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813029023
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Barron Stofik is a writer and preservationist living in Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    A pleasant surprise

    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.

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