Magic City Innovation District

NE 2nd Ave Corridor, Little Haiti | Photo Credit: Steven F. via yelp.com

 
As the impacts of sea-level rise intensify and developers look to higher ground to build new projects, Miami’s low-income communities of color are at risk of displacement, particularly to climate-vulnerable neighborhoods.
— A Snapshot of Potential Environmental and Social Costs of the Proposed Little Haiti Development, Earth Economics
 

Potential Environmental and Social costs
of the Magic City innovation district

Fact Sheet | Technical Report

The Magic City Innovation District (“Magic City”) is a seventeen-acre development slated to be built in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami. While the development may attract additional investment and benefits for new residents and businesses that move to the area, there is growing concern about the potential negative environmental and social impacts of the project, including economic displacement of residents who have historically resided and worked in Little Haiti, the majority of whom are low-income families of color. Without taking the time to establish a complete picture of the project’s environmental and social costs and benefits, Magic City Innovation District runs the risk of perpetuating economic and racial inequities across Miami communities and contributing to unsustainable development practices that threaten Miami’s long-term resilience.

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Page, R., Madsen, T., Mojica, J., Kerr, N., Armistead, C., Kerr, N. 2019. Potential Environmental and Social Costs of the Magic City Innovation District: Technical Summary.

Prepared for: Community Justice Project, Prepared by: Earth Economics.

Key Words: Community Based Organizations, Displacement, Economic Analysis, Miami, Little Haiti, Magic City, Florida, Rebecca Page