Miami: A Palimpsest with Palms

Miami Arena Demolition

The Miami Arena falls to the wrecker’s ball in 2008. Photo: Piusg/Wikimedia Commons

Pal·imp·sest: 1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible; 2. An object, place, or area that reflects its history.

Sound familiar?

The announcement of plans to build a convention center and hotel on the former site of the ill-fated Miami Arena (now in use as a park) reminds us of Miami’s ceaseless cycle of change, wiping away what is to make way for what’s coming next. This process is common to all cities, but in Miami it seems to move at warp speed.

WLRN traced the recent history of the site, which made us wonder, “What was there before…?”

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