South Beach

The "Billion-Dollar Sandbar" known today as South Beach (or SOBE for short) began in 1915 as a resort town built with a fabric of simple coral stone cottages. Most of those early structures were lost in the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, just as the Art Deco movement was getting into full swing in the US. South Beach built back with an Art Deco passion, becoming what is today one of the greatest repositories of Art Deco architecture on the planet. Those treasures were almost lost during what locals recall as the "Scarface Days" of the early 1980s, but were ultimately and heroically preserved. Today, South Beach is known as "The 21 Most Exciting Blocks on Planet Earth." It's also the place I've called home since 2003.


Chris Jenkins

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