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...dramatic...chronicles the saga to save the famed art deco district... -- Denver Rocky Mountain News

Exceptionally interesting...implications that go far beyond the boundaries of the square mile that is the Miami Beach historic district. -- Washington Post, January 3, 2005

The story of South Beach and...its transitions is worth recording, Stofik deserves credit for making a valiant effort... -- ForeWord Magazine, February 2006

part of the estimable Florida History and Culture series -- Miami Herald, Jan. 24, 2006

…a chronicle thick with preservation, progress, and pastel. -- Florida International Magazine, April 2006

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  • Series: Florida History and Culture
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (December 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813029023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813029023
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P on June 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a resident of South Beach, and knew of its history as a tattered slum before being amazingly restored to its rightful place as a world-class destination.

What irked me immensely was that I could not find any thorough explanation of how all this was accomplished. I had heard of the wonderful work of Barbara Capitman and the Miami Design Preservation League and wanted to learn more about them. Then one day, on my usual trip to Books & Books on Lincoln Road, there was "Saving South Beach" sitting on display.

After barely looking at the beautifully designed cover, I eagerly bought my own copy. Thanks to Ms. Stofik, we now have the full account of South Beach's salvation, told in a delightful writing style which is at once scholarly, intricately detailed, and gently amusing.

Not just a history lesson; the background of the residents, and the conflicts involving the city government, developers, and preservationists (and the detailed profiles of these players) make this book quite a read. It is hard to put down and most gratifying in the end. Included are rare photos, including of Capitman herself, and the incredibly gorgeous New Yorker Hotel which was tragically lost to demolition.

If South Beach fascinates you, you must learn of its history and this is a perfect way to start.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Kemppainen on December 2, 2005
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A must have for anyone interested in preservation and the saving of our national treasures. Stofik shows how one city, despite politics and special interests, revitalized a decaying past into a vibrant future.

An easy going writing style makes this a joy to read and Stofik's passion for historical preservation shines through.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Sanchez on July 9, 2006
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The book could serve as a guide for depressed cities in search of a path to follow. City leaders will find many things to copy, imitate and avoid.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth P. McKean on September 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
For those who are still in the preservation trenches, the story of South Miami Beach's revitalization is a stunning re-invigoration! It is clear that the struggle to save inherent and classic beauty takes its toll on both skyline and people's lives, but the result can be profitable both to posterity and pocketbooks.

In another small city on the waterfront, one with less flamboyant but no less elegant architecture, the struggle is as ferocious and dramatic. One of the key South Beach protagonists recognized its parallels and potential early on - Geraldo Sanchez. Undoubtedly, within the next decade, reviewers will be writing in about the volume to be written on the saving of Newburgh, New York.
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