As a 40 year resident of South Miami, I am well aware of change.
The current theme still being used by our city administrators is that this is “the city of pleasant living.” It has changed to everything but “pleasant.”
Traffic is horrendous, as is the parking situation especially in downtown South Miami. Houses are being sold, torn down and replaced by two or three mini mansions (with those lovely tiny swimming pools) and very little yard. And 80th street from Red Road to U.S. 1, is a tunnel of construction tarp behind which lies empty lots.
Names of architects and developers promise “your dream home” but for some reason (perhaps financial?) it is taking developers and architects so long to start on the construction that the tarp in some instances is actually rotting. On 74th Street the SoMi building (a monstrosity in that particular street) is practically empty except for a blow drying business coming “soon.” Across from SoMi is another smaller office building that also appears empty.
Parking to attend our South Miami library can be an expensive mission. Dante Fascell park is practically the property not of we taxpayers, but of a tennis school that teaches all the time. Getting a court is practically impossible. Now we hear Fox’s, an institution in South Miami since 1949, will serve their last drink on July 31. A rumor is that a hotel will open there soon. How sad!
Someone is making a lot of money.
Teresa F. Burke, South Miami
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