Amid $312 Million Makeover, Crime Could Be an Issue in the Design District

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Real estate developer Craig Robins is going all in to transform the Design District into the flossiest destination in Miami. He's investing $312 million to bring in the biggest names in high-end luxury fashion, from Louis Vuitton to Hermès to Céline. To protect that investment, Robins spends 1 million bucks a year on 24-hour security patrolling the Design District, where he owns 65 percent of the land.

That's because wherever big-money spenders go, criminals are sure to follow. This week, New Times probes a series of crimes in the Design District and its surrounding streets and considers how those incidents will affect Robins's plans.

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- Design District Robberies Could Challenge $312 Million Luxury Overhaul
A group of professional shoplifters stole $37,495 worth of merchandise from the temporary Louis Vuitton store at 170 NE 40th St. on November 21 (they also ripped off other Vuitton stores). Since then, there has been a rash of crimes in the Design District and the surrounding area. During one of the robberies, a January 21 heist at Harry's Pizzeria at 3918 N. Miami Ave., a gunman pistol-whipped one of the employees.

Robins insists crime is not a threat to the Design District. "It concerns me to have any incidents occur," he says in the article. "Luxury malls and neighborhoods attract a certain amount of crime. However, we have less crime than other major luxury retail properties in South Florida."

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Bigdic
Bigdic

You can't mix oil with water same as Nigger cubans with Hebrew rich whites.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

The design district popped up in the middle of a crime ridden area.  Did they expect the crime problem to just vanish?

NeedMoreCommunityWat
NeedMoreCommunityWat

They need to get a better security company.   I saw two of their cars Monday night and they were following right behind each other and heading into midtown.   They should have random routes and separate.   Also there was plenty of crime there before.   Just across N. Miami Avenue you have crazy town.   At least most of the rest of the upper eastside has closed off railroad tracks and the police have very distinct areas to watch any coming and goings from the hood.

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