Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More Deco

I'm back at work, and sorting out my pictures. Here are a few more of South Beach, which is just the Art Deco district of south Miami Beach.

Last Wednesday, I took a walk along Ocean Drive and Ocean Walk, which is next to...the ocean.

Most of the hotels here were built in the 1930's. They were designed to look like luxury liners, because the idea of ocean voyages was romantic but only rich people could afford to take them.

The last time I was there was in 1990, when South Beach was just beginning to get gentrified and renovated. It felt like Soho in the 1970's. It had a raw, pioneering edge to it. Now it's like Soho in the 2000's, a mainstream tourist destination with upscale chain stores and multi-million dollar condos.

Sitting on a bus during a sudden squall.

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