By N. D. B. Connolly
A global extra Concrete argues that black and white landlords, marketers, or even liberal group leaders used tenements and repeated land dispossession to use the bad and generate impressive wealth. via a political tradition outfitted on genuine property, South Florida’s landlords and householders complex estate rights and white estate rights, specifically, on the price of extra inclusive visions of equality. For black humans and plenty of in their white allies, makes use of of eminent area helped to harden classification and colour lines. but, for lots of reformers, confiscating sure varieties of actual property via eminent area additionally promised to assist enhance housing stipulations, to undermine the local impact of strong slumlords, and to open new possibilities for suburban existence for black Floridians.
involved extra with winners and losers than with heroes and villains, A global extra Concrete offers a sober evaluate of cash and tool in Jim Crow America. It indicates how negotiations among robust actual property pursuits on each side of the colour line gave racial segregation a striking capability to conform, revealing homeowners’ energy to reshape American towns in ways in which can nonetheless be noticeable and felt today.
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12 During the 1910s, young Tony Tommie and other Seminoles remained largely relegated to being set pieces in parades and on golf courses. Just as the presence of native peoples proved integral to Miami’s early years, the interdependency of black and white residential life and labor was equally evident from the very beginning of the city’s development. Wealthy white Miamians drew aesthetic inspiration from Mediterranean villas and British manors, and they built dozens of opulent winter homes, lavish waterfront estates, and hotels in full view of Miami’s impressive bayfront.
Thompson noted that, despite high renter turnover from one season to the next, the property “was kept clean . . and . . 42 Less than two years after the purchase, though, tax troubles, possibly orchestrated by white competitors, forced Dorsey to sell his holdings to a white entrepreneur, Carl Fisher. Fisher Island remains today one of Miami’s most exclusive seaside enclaves. 43 Florence Gaskins, a contemporary of Dorsey’s, worked as a colored washerwoman, laundering clothes and linens for laborers and guests at the Royal Palm.
And, as many suspected happened to Dana Dorsey’s own beachfront property, whites of means and motivation could organize to take black property through any number of dubious strategies. White-on-black profiteering was a national and growing problem. Particularly with the onset of World War I, the promise of industrial employment and the continuance of white-on-black violence in the rural South propelled black people’s migrations into northern, southern, and even a few western cities. Recognizing a new consumer base, white entrepreneurs around the country began opening dry goods shops in burgeoning black communities while also increasing their investment in colored rental housing.
A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida by N. D. B. Connolly