Re the March 16 article Flagler Street in downtown Miami to get a makeover: Twenty-two years ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation held its annual conference in Miami’s downtown. Preservationists from all over the world were impressed that downtown Miami was intact with its plethora of historic buildings.
The result was the awakening for the restoration of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District. But it has taken Flagler Street property owners 22 years to recognize its importance in Miami-Dade County’s history. DDA property owners who are reluctant to preserve the many historic buildings on Flagler should ask themselves what Miami Beach’s Art Deco District would look like today without the preservation ethic. Property values soared and the entire city continues to enjoy economic success. Flagler Street has the same opportunity.
Nancy Liebman, Miami Beach