Climate change is redrawing the map of building and construction in Miami. By 2060, the city is projected to have from 1 to 3 feet of sea level rise.
Many neighborhoods at higher elevations are some of Miami's poorest, but the land is now considered "caviar", according to Liberty City resident and Miami native Trenise Bryant. Changing real estate and demographic conditions are one example of how climate change and crisis is affecting Miami's housing every day on all sides in a tangible way, National Public Radio reports. "Across the region, developers are changing how they build, wealthy homeowners are reinforcing their properties, and in communities that are farther from the coast — places like Liberty City — residents are working to make sure they don't have to leave their homes."
Over the past few years, Bryant has seen her neighborhood, the African-American enclave of Liberty City, start to change. Bryant grew up in one of the area's oldest public housing projects, Liberty Square. Lately, rents have gone up, and Bryant has seen people priced out and forced to move away.