Visions of Vibrancy: South Beach

January 13, 2014 6 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

The vibrancy of cities comes in all shapes and sizes. Many believe that what works in internationally known comsopolitan settings may not be applicable for cities such as Jacksonville, that have struggled with embracing walkability. If we look hard enough, we may realize that this type of view should be challenged. Despite the diversity around the globe, all lively cities, downtowns and urban cores have something in common: being pedestrian friendly.

About South Beach

South Beach is an internationally known South Florida neighborhood. Dating back to 1915, South Beach is the oldest section of the City of Miami Beach (2010 pop. 87,779), home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and has been one of Athe country's preeminent beach resorts for nearly a century.

Thirty years ago, the South Beach we know today did not exist.  

During the era of Miami's "cocaine cowboys," South Beach was a blighted high crime district that served as the background for feature film Scarface and the TV show Miami Vice. During the early 1990s, the LGBT community kicked off Miami Beach's revitalization process by purchasing and restoring blighted buildings, opening new businesses and building political power in the city.

As the years have passed, the City of Miami Beach has become an international tourist destination. While many consider it an urban resort, at 12,540 residents per square mile, the coastal city is about as dense as they come in the South.

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