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Cheap housing for arts executives, would have been a better title!
  • Posted by: Dont know an artist this rich.
  • 9/2/2007 3:37 AM
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What about the rest of the people?? I wonder how a family of 4 can live on a $55,900. income. The insurance and tax issue is a real joke, our illustrious elected representatives are after "save our homes protection" and the value of homes increase between 2000 and 2006 was 178%, this is totally abnormal this is the reason of the crisis.
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An independent reporter has already posted on another sight that Dermer and his assistant Weinstein lied to the public and that this plan is a fraud because the funding cannot be given as described in this article under Federal, and probably State Laws. Furthermore everyone knows the artists left South Beach and then North Beach before 2000, take a look at any arts' guides and see how the studios moved from Lincoln Road to Little Havana and now are in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, even Tampa.

Another example of politicians, their minions, and, yes, the paper getting the story WRONG.

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It's still amazing to me that, no matter what communities across the country, artists are the catalyst for revitalization of neighborhoods and later end up with the short end of the stick; having to leave because they can't afford to stay in a place where they've made the value go up. It certainly would be a nobel effort if artists that "initiated" such development were provided with a means to stay, rather than turn over the fruit of their labor to others that can afford it.

The poster that mentioned that artists left south beach a long time ago is right. Why is it that now this is being mentioned? It gives credence to the claim that it's all smoke and mirrors for something else than a desire to bring back artists. This should have been done a long time ago. That said, I don't know if it's true that law would prohibit such attempts.

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Carpet Bagger's ,
move into Miami Beach.
While the low income worker's have sacrifice low-paying employment.
Who has asked the last known residence of these Artist, and what have they done for the last past 10-years of there l8ife, prior to migating to Miami?.
What about the Low-Income Worker and his Housing situation, when is that going to be address?.
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Why declare artists a specal, protected group?
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There is no way, NO way that this is going to do anything to bring 'artists' back to the Beach. What artist makes that kind of money to even qualify for this 'program'? Here's the reason, buried in the story:
"In the new district, developers will be able to rehabilitate existing buildings or construct new ones that contain smaller residential units than typically allowed under the city's zoning code, so long as developers set aside a portion of those properties for commercial work spaces or affordable rentals or condos."
In other words, MB is running out of desirable property to develop and can't, because of it's own historical protection code, knock down old buildings. This way, under the 'artist' program, they can build more units, even some that are smaller than their own code allows, so long as they set aside a percentage for affordable 'artist' housing. This is the preferred approach to overdevelopment in Miami-Dade county (House of Lies anyone?) and MB just found their own version of it.
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Why not affordable housing for CPAs, School Teachers, News Reporters, and Taxi Drivers.
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Pathetic. Artists living in luxury needing reduced rents?! Many studio and one bedroom apts on South beach can be had for under a grand. Please. Whatever happened to struggling artists? Ms. Hotchkiss is a poor example of needing anything reduced aside from her budget...
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Mr. Walters is correct: the guidelines being used will exclude most people working in the arts from qualifying for the program.
I work for an arts organization in Miami, 20 years in the field, and I do not meet the criteria for the program, and I make more than most. Barely covers my bills, so I am now seeking employment somewhere outside the state.
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Subsidising art or artist with money taken by force from taxpayers is criminal. Same goes for sports franchises.
To The Guillotine!
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