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A renovated building and a new store are replacing the Van Dyke Cafe building

Lincoln Road was originally a forest of mangroves. It became a social center and the home of prestigious retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue thanks to Carl Fisher back in 1912. It went through many ups and downs until the 1990’s, when it was booming again and hosted many shops and restaurants, establishing itself as one of the main entertainment spots of Miami Beach. Now Lincoln Road is growing to a new phase as a few local, New York and international investors are buying properties, renovating buildings and attracting new retailers. Prices are soaring, leading to an average of $5,000 per square foot to purchase a building and of $300 per square foot to lease. Pushed away by the increasing prices, some of the restaurants that had been there for years such as Tiramesu and Van Dyke Cafe have left the famous pedestrian road as well as a few independent retail stores. Some retailers see things big as Gap and Apple are joining H&M and Forever 21 to open two or three-story shops and new comers include : British clothing designer Ted Baker, Italian cosmetics brand Kiko Milano, Argentinian gelateria Freddo and elegant French macaron boutique Laduree.

The Miami Beach Community Church

The Miami Beach Community Church

The Miami Beach Community Church, built in 1920, the oldest church in Miami, is facing severe financial difficulties. After some debate and controversy, Miami Beach commissioners accepted the proposed plan to develop the front courtyard section of the church into  The Touzet-designed three-story property combining retail and a roof-top garden. The church had to make a choice : disappearing or accepting to redevelop a section of its property and lease it for $100 million dollars over 50 years. This is a good example of the challenges currently questioning Lincoln Road’s identity as it is reaching a new growth : how to attract large local and international brands while keeping some sense of a local community and preserve a little bit of the area’s legacy ?

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