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Graffiti painted buildings in the Shoreditch area of London

Graffiti painted buildings in the Shoreditch area of London

I write about things happening in Wynwood from time to time and today I would like to write about what Wynwood should become. I came across a fascinating article recently published in the European version of The New York Times; now named The International New York Times and I realized what Wynwood could become : one of the tech hubs of the South East of the United States, a neighborhood fostering creative initiatives, just like Shoreditch in London. I am in London as I write this post. Therefore, I decided to visit the Shoreditch area, located on the East side of the British capital. How extraordinary to walk around the streets where old buildings from the beginning of the 20th century and the seventies are standing next to pop-up art galleries, fashion stores, wine bars. Building facades are covered with multicoloured graffitis and recently modernized office building host a variety of start-ups and communication companies. People walking around the streets are young professionals and bohemian-looking individuals and I could not help myself thinking that I was witnessing an accomplished and well thought of version of Wynwood, the art district of Miami. Well, I would actually love Wynwood to become like Shoreditch in London, a place that has the ambition to become one of the most artistically and technologically creative spots in North America. Shoreditch used to be filled with abandoned warehouses. It is now the place where startups like Lyst ( website allowing people to follow their favorite fashion brands ), Houstrip ( vacation rental website ) or Mind Candy ( publisher of the successful online game for children “Moshi Monsters ” ) have opened their office.

What’s really interesting is that the local British lawmakers have helped Shoreditch become what it is today by investing $80 millions in renovating

Outdoor gathering place and pop-up shops in Shoreditch

Outdoor gathering place and pop-up shops in Shoreditch

distressed buildings in order to attract tech companies as big as IBM and Microsoft as well as startups and event firms. I believe that this is what we need to create in Wynwood : not just another “cool” area of Miami, but a place that is supported by the city, the county, as well as not for profit organizations, local developers and venture capital companies to nurture its creative soul and attract the  tech companies and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. It already hosts wonderful companies like the Miami Light Project, The LAB Miami, just to name a few. We need to have a vision to help other start-ups and art organisations getting established in Miami in order for our community to thrive.

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