south beach: History of Miami Beach Part 4: The Rebirth - 04/11/11 04:45 AM
While the early years of Miami Beach were filled glitz and glamour, the city faced serious problems in the middle of the 20th century.  The population had changed from the wealthy and elite of the world, to world class criminals and druglords. The saving of South Beach, and its return to glory came from several strange and unexpected sources.  The turnaround for South Beach really began in 1979, when Barbara Capitman began a movement to save South Beach by placing the area that is now the Art Deco District on the National Register of Historic Places.  This protection of the architecture … (0 comments)

south beach: History of Miami Beach Part 3: The Decline - 04/11/11 04:38 AM
By the end of the 1950s, the population of South Florida, particularly Miami Beach, had doubled.  When the Army Air Corps and the United States Navy established training centers on Miami Beach, more than 500,000 soldiers were brought to the island throughout World War II.  When the war was over in 1945, many former soldiers moved to South Florida and Miami Beach.   Adding to this population boom was the revolution on the island nation of Cuba.  In 1959, Fidel Castro took over control of Cuba, which subsequently led to a mass migration of Cubans emigrating to South Florida, eventually totaling more … (0 comments)

south beach: History of Miami Beach Part 2: The Expansion - 04/11/11 04:35 AM
While Miami Beach was growing quickly in the early 20th century, the primary developers were working in opposition of each other.  Eventually the developers realized that they could accomplish more together, and in 1915 the Lummus brothers combined forces and interests with John Collins and Carl Fisher to incorporate the city of Miami Beach.  By 1920, the area was booming and the population was growing, aided by the completion of the County Causeway (which would be renamed the MacArthur Causeway in 1942).  In 1926, a massive hurricane struck the island destroying much of the early infrastructure.  Upon rebuilding, designers decided to … (0 comments)

south beach: History of Miami Beach Part 1: The Establishment - 04/11/11 04:29 AM
Miami Beach real estate today has become synonymous with glitz, glamour, and the ultimate chic lifestyle.  However, Miami Beach hasn’t always been so luxurious.  From its days as farmland, to its stint as a dilapidated retirement community, to its current transformation into a cultural and entertainment capital of the world, Miami Beach over the years has seen its share of change.The history of Miami Beach begins in 1870, when Henry and Charles Lum landed on a beautiful stretch of land and hatched a plan to turn the island into a coconut plantation.  They paid $.25 an acre to the federal government … (0 comments)

south beach: Miami Beach South Beach Neighborhoods: South of Fifth - 03/15/11 05:05 PM
The southernmost stretch of land on South Beach, referred to as South of Fifth or SoFi, is rapidly becoming one of the most desired pieces of real estate in the country.  The distinction as its own neighborhood came early in South Beach’s history.  In the early part of the twentieth century, Jim Crow laws were in effect, which stated that the Jewish population of South Beach were only permitted to live ‘south of Fifth Street.’  This accounts for the fact that, today, South of Fifth is home to many Jewish synagogues and yiddish establishments.    Today, South of Fifth has become … (0 comments)

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