At a time of economic recovery, along with the alignment of the newly established Miami 21 code, the City of Miami’s districts are reacting though higher density and ever increasing market rate costs. The city is adjusting to the demand for housing and commerce at a rapid pace. Areas such as Downtown, Brickell, Edgewater and Mid-‐Town are booming with pitches, proposals and projects to be completed within the next few years. Through an influx of foreign investors, such as Canada, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and China there are currently a total of 103 towers* in the pipeline.
Districts such as Wynwood and the Design District are similarly increasing in momentum. Per square foot prices continue to rise, stimulating developer interest at all scales, from small business to mega-‐blocks. Our Context, Little Haiti becomes the refuge for Urban Pioneers and Upstarts that are pushed to the fringe. How can we plan for this influx in a community such as Little Haiti, and how can we design an approach that can serve to improve the district, serve the current population and those to come.