"The Death of Wynwood" is the name of a post penned this week by Big Time Jones at Measuring Miami that makes the case that as corporations move into the Design District and Wynwood, the death of Miami's hipster art enclave is imminent.
So while I am certainly ahead of myself, simultaneously, I am not. Adjacent to Wynwood, the Design District has added Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dior, and Prada. Hello Design District. Goodbye Bal Harbor. (and its claustrophobia) Target lives alongside Loehmann’s, Supercuts, Foot Locker, and Subway in midtown Miami, also next to Wynwood, so can you hear the clock ticking yet? Hipsters, artists, and franchises do not mix!I don't know about that.
But I do know that there's a Brickell Art Walk, a Grove Art Stroll, a Bird Road Art Walk, a brand new Little Haiti Sunday Stroll, and a renewed interest in Little Havana in the arts. All these locations stand ready to grow or absorb whatever outflow there is from Wynwood's possible transformation into something that is no longer attractive to the arts community.
Spinello Projects has already made the move out of the Design District and word on the street is that a couple other artists have vacated due to escalating rents. Is this the beginning of a change as Big Time appears to think it is or not much of anything?
What do think? And do you care?