WLRN Covers Wynwood’s Evolution

Wynwood

The Wynwood neighborhood in Miami has changed so much over the last 10 years, and it’s not by accident. A group of investors set out to re-invent the area and make it into an arts district.

A documentary called Right to Wynwood premiered last Friday at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum during the Student Film Festival. It explores the way gentrification has shaped the neighborhood.

The project is the brainchild of filmmakers Camila Álvarez, a student at Florida International University, and Natalie Edgar, a graduate of the University of Miami.

Álvarez says a research project she conducted on gentrification inspired her to study the changes that have taken place in Wynwood. She stresses that gentrification there is not what one typically sees in other neighborhoods.

“In Wynwood, it was kind of artificial because a business model was brought and gentrification was planned,” said Álvarez. “It was developer-led, instead of being artist-led.”

Edgar adds, “It somehow seems as though the art was used as a marketing tool to bring in people.”

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