Often, the fine line between gentrification and true urban renewal comes from a bright can of spray paint.
Such is the case with Miami’s Wynwood Walls, a six-year old art project launched by the late Tony Goldman, who aimed to create a “museum of the streets.”
By soliciting famed artists from all over the world, Wynwood Walls and its related project Wynwood Doors, celebrates both art and optimism, and offers a safe place for contemplation and pride.
Goldman, who described himself as a “long-term investor in the revitalization of historic neighborhoods”, saw the Wynwood neighborhoods’ grim area of windowless warehouses as the perfect canvass for street art.
As we strolled through the busy display Sunday afternoon, we absolutely agreed. I could have spent days wandering through the graphic displays, which featured gifted artists from Brazil, the United States, France, Lithuania, Portugal and more.
As noted on one of the walls, we live in a beautiful world. It’s especially gratifying to see that beauty bloom from unexpected places.