A man bikes toward the Ocean Surf and Days Inn at Miami Beach's Ocean Terrace on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Miami Beach voters will consider a controversial proposed upzoning of this small historic district in North Beach. The district is two blocks long -- a miniature Ocean Drive with a collection of Deco and MiMo motels, some that are run down or shuttered. The little beachfront street runs parallel to Collins, between 73rd and 75th streets. A developer wants to build high-rise towers, which would require demolition of some existing buildings. Proponents, including a group called For a Better North Beach, claim the area's blighted, despite it being home to a thriving immigrant community. Opponents fear it's the start of the gentrification of North Beach, pushing out lower-income people for luxury condo owners.
A man bikes toward the Ocean Surf and Days Inn at Miami Beach's Ocean Terrace on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Miami Beach voters will consider a controversial proposed upzoning of this small historic district in North Beach. The district is two blocks long -- a miniature Ocean Drive with a collection of Deco and MiMo motels, some that are run down or shuttered. The little beachfront street runs parallel to Collins, between 73rd and 75th streets. A developer wants to build high-rise towers, which would require demolition of some existing buildings. Proponents, including a group called For a Better North Beach, claim the area's blighted, despite it being home to a thriving immigrant community. Opponents fear it's the start of the gentrification of North Beach, pushing out lower-income people for luxury condo owners. MARSHA HALPER mhalper@miamiherald.com
A man bikes toward the Ocean Surf and Days Inn at Miami Beach's Ocean Terrace on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Miami Beach voters will consider a controversial proposed upzoning of this small historic district in North Beach. The district is two blocks long -- a miniature Ocean Drive with a collection of Deco and MiMo motels, some that are run down or shuttered. The little beachfront street runs parallel to Collins, between 73rd and 75th streets. A developer wants to build high-rise towers, which would require demolition of some existing buildings. Proponents, including a group called For a Better North Beach, claim the area's blighted, despite it being home to a thriving immigrant community. Opponents fear it's the start of the gentrification of North Beach, pushing out lower-income people for luxury condo owners. MARSHA HALPER mhalper@miamiherald.com

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To save historic Miami Beach district, developer wants to tear most of it down

October 23, 2015 5:53 PM

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