We need to move ahead and stop the destruction
This greed is taking place all over in major cities. In Hollywood, CA, huge mansions formerly owned by famous movie and tv stars are being demolished and being replaced by big white boxes, too. Hollywood history is dissolving in favor of greed. The tours of the Hollywood homes may soon be a tour of the Hollywood big white boxes.
I was very encouraged to see all of the neighbors at the Plymouth Church meeting the other night who are fed up and will start fighting back. And it was encouraging to see some city leaders there who agree.
It's nice to see people who make me realize that I am not crazy to not want crazy progress in our little village. We don't want big glass and chrome condos and we don't want big white box houses built on small lots or many built on large lots. We want it to stop.
Let's hope we can actually stop this nonsense going on around the village - first it was the overtaking of real estate in Center Grove - throwing out the very stores and businesses that made the Grove the Grove. We read all these stories in glossy magazines of how great the Grove is now that we have so many new restaurants, which I do love, but in reality, can you buy a pair of pants in the Grove or even a towel? Are we livable? Or are we just a dining destination with big white boxy houses and dead trees?
Just yesterday in the news, they reported on Mayor Michael Pizzi in Miami Lakes wanting to put a moratorium on new construction in that town. Of course the developers are already threatening to sue, but it appears is if people have had enough. Earlier this week there was an article about Miami Beach wanting all new development to go green or pay a fine. Fines, that may be our answer to over-building.
The Babylon Apartments on Brickell are in danger of being demolished, they are almost 50 years old, too old for Miami standards. But the city's preservation board is considering giving the structure historic designation to save it. People have had enough. Let's preserve our history!
It is encouraging that people are starting to step forward now and some progress may be made in stopping what some call progress.
"The only way to save the Grove is with historic districts. I don’t think people still get it. We have good examples in Miami - Morningside probably being the best. Every district has risen in property values as well. Then of course there is Coral Gables which should serve as an example for the Grove. People need to understand what historic designations means and how it works. I am amazed at the lack of knowledge," says Miami Historian Arva Moore Parks.
We need to learn people.
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