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Little Haiti threatened by Gentrification as sea level rises in Miami

Little Haiti threatened by Gentrification as sea level rises in Miami

Here is a picture of several residents in Little Haiti protesting against gentrification.

Gentrification and rising sea level are threatening to destroy the Little Haiti community. On December 3, 2015, the residents of Little Haiti gathered in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood to deliver messages about the rapidly changing neighborhood and its preservation: "Say no to gentrification, Little Haiti is not for sale, we want to stay." The Haitian Lawyer Associations are advising the longtime business and property owners of Little Haiti to remain watchful. They should not sign any document without the presence of own lawyer or agree on verbal conversations. Right now, Miami is a red hot market for properties. Once the Wynwood Art District was a home of over 70 galleries and museums and was a haven for local artists in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, the sudden surge in the real estate price, gentrification and higher rent forced many artists and gallery owners of Wynwood to migrate to some other nearby affordable locations. The inhabitants of Little Haiti do not want to follow the footsteps of the Wynwood Art District. Due to the rising sea levels, which could be attributed to the melting of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the sea water is often seeping in into the streets of Miami from underground storm sewers during high tide. This could be a threatening problem for Miami, but could retard the fast process of gentrification in Little Haiti.

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Riviere Grise Irrigation System Being Restored

Riviere Grise Irrigation System Being Restored

President Martelly made a visit to Rivière Grise irrigation system to learn about the scale of activities restoring irrigation systems in the Cul-de-Sac region.

He learned water inflow from the water sheds must be diverted efficiently to provide water for the irrigation systems in Rivière Grise and surrounding areas.

This rehabilitation has allowed farmers to plant 2,000 hectares of beans in the Cul-de-Sac region. The Haitian government is hopeful this restoration project will better living conditions for people residing in the area.

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