The traditional clientele is Haitian American who has emigrated from Haiti over the past three (3) decades. They are typically first generation immigrants. The household size usually consists of 4 to 5 people with two (2) adults and two (2) to three (3) children. Often, there are relatives living with them -‐ their parent or in laws in the households as well. These families typically look for single family homes with a backyard. Up to 50% of these clients are very low income earning 50% of the Miami Dade Area Median Household income which stands currently at $49,000. They typically work low wages jobs and have little opportunity for advancement. Thus, they typically remain in the house for a long time. These clients prefer the cities of North Miami, North Miami Beach areas. Often, they purchase 3 bedroom/2 bath units averaging 1,500 to 1,600 square feet.
Wynwood is a globally recognized center for art, culture, and business located in the core of Miami, Florida. With more street art than anywhere in America, Wynwood is defined by its unique look and feel, giving people a visual sense of place as its where they want to work, live, play, and be. Over the past decade, Wynwood has converged art, fashion and technology to create a community unlike no other which attracts 20,000-40,000 visitors from around the world each month.
Overtown is a neighborhood of Miami, Florida, United States, just northwest of Downtown Miami. Originally called Colored Town during the Jim Crow era of the late 19th through the mid-20th century, the area was once the preeminent and is the historic center for commerce in the black community in Miami and South Florida.
Overtown is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Miami, Florida, one of the poorest cities in the United States. Known as the African-American enclave “Colored Town” when Miami was founded in 1896, the area had begun to be referred to as “Overtown” by the middle of the twentieth century and at that time was the thriving heart of Miami’s black culture. Though during the mid-1900’s the neighborhood was known as “the Harlem of the South,” by the last decades of the twentieth century Overtown had become a center of urban decay, poverty, and crime. The Miami Herald reports that, according to the 2000 census, 55% of Overtown’s approximately 8,000 residents lived in poverty, unmarried women headed 62% of households, and 90% of the homes were renter-occupied. The unemployment rate was 19.8% in 2002.
Miami 21 represents the “Miami of the 21st Century” and entails a holistic approach to land use and urban planning. It provides a clear vision for the City that is supported by specific guidelines and regulations so that future generations can reap the benefits of well-balanced neighborhoods and rich quality of life.
Miami 21 takes into account all of the integral factors that make each area within the City a unique, vibrant place to live, learn, work and play. Six elements served as the lynchpins in the development of the blueprint of Miami: Zoning (Miami 21 Zoning Code), Economic Development, Historic Preservation, Parks and Open Spaces, Arts and Culture, and Transportation.