Miami Riot—Will a Phoenix Rise from Ashes—

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1980, Vol. 50, Issue 8, Pg. 76-78

Document Type: Feature article


In May, inner-city black residents of Miami, Florida, looted and burned about 300 buildings in their neighborhoods. The cause is detailed—their perception that the judicial system was working injustices on them. Significantly, they did not burn black-owned businesses, only white-owned. The blacks feel disenfranchised from the American system. A civil engineering professor at the University of Miami is one leader to addressing the Miami problem—he is trying to foster construction of black-owned condominium apartments and businesses on a 4-acre tract on which stood the largest building burned during the riot.

Subject Headings: United States | Miami | Florida | Phoenix | Arizona

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