Gentrification threatening to destroy Little Haiti, community leaders warn

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[…] ..“In the midst of this beautiful international art bonanza, in Little Haiti a different story has emerged,” said Marleine Bastien, executive director of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami, which organized the demonstration. “This is the story of business and homeowners being pressured and threatened one minute, sweet-talked the next to sell their homes. They’re being offered two, three times the property of their homes to get out. Gentrification is here, baby.” […]

[…] Gentrification is already affecting residents, Bastien said, and a number of them showed up to tell their stories, including Clairemise Blanc, who said she’s being kicked out of her mobile home at the Little Farm trailer park on the border of El Portal that a developer recently purchased.

“Now that they’re kicking me out, I don’t know where to go. I’ll have to sleep under the bridge,” she said, choking back tears as she gripped a sign proclaiming, “Little Haiti is not for sale.” […]

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littlehaiti.jpgThis article by Tim Elfrink appeared in the Miami New Times. Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

As the art world descends on South Florida for Miami Art Week, there’s no doubt the glitterati are shifting their gaze to Little Haiti. Everyone from New Timesto the New York Timeshas written this year about the Caribbean neighborhood’s shift as galleries flee rising Wynwood rents.

This morning, a coalition of community activists, business owners, and residents had a message for developers: Little Haiti won’t be the next Wynwood if they can help it.

“In the midst of this beautiful international art bonanza, in Little Haiti a different story has emerged,” said Marleine Bastien, executive director of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami, which organized the demonstration. “This is the story of business and homeowners being pressured and threatened one minute, sweet-talked the next to sell…

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