Have you seen the new Brownsville Transit Village off northwest 27th avenue and 52nd street? It is a huge, looming complex of various buildings advertised as affordable housing for all ages, including seniors. The accompanying photograph really doesn't depict the actual size of this place. It dwarfs everything in the area and if the advertising of this place is any indication, is planned to change the demographics of the Brownsville area.
A video on the ForRent.com website paints an idyllic picture of the apartments and the surrounding area along with access to public transportaion and other amenities. Current reality suggests something different but some folks obviously foresee change for Brownsville.
Here is the description of Brownsville Transit Village from ForRent.com:
Two distinctive affordable living communities share one convenient location with shopping, dining and nightlife steps away. Brownsville Transit Village offers one and two bedroom apartment homes for seniors 55 plus and one, two and three bedrooms for those of all ages. All apartment homes feature stainless steel energy efficient appliances, oversized closets, ceramic tiled floors and open living spaces perfect for entertaining. The village boasts a state of the art fitness center, community library with internet lounge and planned resident events designed to enhance your life. We are conveniently located walking distance to the metro rail and minutes from downtown Miami, Miami International Airport and University of Miami. Lease today to discover why our residents love calling Brownsville Transit Village home!
It goes without saying that affordable housing is needed in this area but Brownsville Transit Village is just too many people crammed in a small area. Just riding by reminds of the infamous Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago. Brownsville Transit Village is pristine but still looks like a place of confinement.
Of concern is also the lack of black people pictured in the advertisements for this place. I searched online and where there were pictures of people, there were very, very few blacks which doesn't send a welcoming message.
I'm not saying there was any malicious intent but it shows how blacks are often just plain old ignored. Some folks will say it's not a big deal but that's another topic that I will address in another post --- words, images and manipulation.
Check out Brownsvile Transit Village and enjoy the shopping, dining and nightlife.