In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.
|Photo by Stian Roenning|
|Unlike her male counterparts, Jain is approaching the revitalization of the city in a completely different way.|
Just a few yards from the buzz of Biscayne Boulevard, Avra Jain sits by the pool at the Vagabond Hotel, the iconic Miami Modern structure that until a couple of years ago seemed doomed to linger in a state of blight. Today, the crackling paint and overgrown vegetation are gone, replaced by sleek chaise longues and playful water features.
Jain, whose fit, 53-year-old frame is matched by a cheerful and energetic demeanor, is largely responsible for the Vagabond's transformation. She's a former engineer and Wall Street trader who began fixing up apartments around downtown and SoHo in New York as a hobby. Eventually, she left her job when the opportunity to do a loft conversion in Tribeca came calling. During this time, she would bounce back and forth between New York and the '80s and '90s bohemian scene in South Beach. She moved here permanently in 1998 to be with her partner. But although love might have brought her here, Miami and its real estate potential have kept her interested.More »