Re the July 13 article Bay Harbor Islands’ MiMo architecture in ‘danger,’ preservationists say: Having called Bay Harbor Islands home for the last 50 years, we are intimately and exquisitely attentive to the terrific small-town and neighborhood feel on both the east and west islands. The difference in the two areas, however, is determined by the differing attitudes of private homeowners and building landlords.
Ride the residential streets with single-family homes, and you’ll see well-maintained upscale properties and landscaping, speaking to the residents’ pride. Drive through the east island’s apartment area, and there are many older, decrepit, garden apartment buildings, some downright seedy. MiMo or not, old doesn’t always mean better when property values fall. The late visionary Shepard Broad would be appalled, and so would Morris Lapidus.
Norma and Michael Orovitz, Bay Harbor Islands