Remembering a visionary South Beach, Wynwood developer

By | September 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments

As many in Miami have heard by now, visionary developer and passionate preservationist Tony Goldman died on Tuesday of heart failure at the age of 68. “His company, Goldman Properties, transformed Miami Beach from a moth-eaten retirement enclave and narcotics war zone into a celebrity playground, and Wynwood from a gritty warehouse district and homeless encampment into a vibrant arts center where monthly gallery walks draw thousands,” according to the Miami Herald.

Outside of South Florida, Goldman led the revival of New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in the ’80s and a seedy strip of Philadelphia’s City Center in the late ’90s. When he died, he had his eye set on Boston’s Fort Point Channel area for his unique brand of urban revitalization and was still developing the historic warehouse district of Wynwood into an open-air graffiti museum of art galleries, hip restaurants/bars/cafes, and other unique small businesses.

How Goldman’s death will affect his work in progress remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: he made an indelible mark in Miami, on both sides of the bay. To learn more about Goldman’s life and work, check out the following list of articles following his death and the above video, which was made by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce to celebrate his career.

Goldman’s funeral service will be at noon on Friday at Temple Emanu-El, 1701 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Private burial follows.

Remembering Tony Goldman

“South Beach, Wynwood developer dies at 68″ — Miami Herald

He saved many of Miami Beach’s decaying Art Deco gems, and invited artists to use his Wynwood buildings as canvases. He salvaged sketchy areas of New York City and Philadelphia that anchored major urban revitalization.

“Remembering Tony Goldman: Developer, Entrepreneur, and Ardent Preservationist” — National Trust For Historic Preservation

Most people are considered successful if they excel in even one area. Tony Goldman excelled in many: historic property developer, restaurateur, hotelier, and a leader in the historic preservation movement.

“Tony Goldman, Real Estate Developer Who Helped Run the Bowery Mural, Dies at 68″ — Gallerist NY

In New York, Mr. Goldman was perhaps best known for operating the so-called Bowery Mural, a large wall at the northwest corner of Bowery and Houston, that has been home to artworks by artists like Keith Haring, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey and Kenny Scharf over the past five years. The project began in 2008 in collaboration with then-dealer Jeffrey Deitch.

“Tony Goldman, 68, visionary who revitalized Philadelphia’s 13th Street” — Philadelphia Inquirer

When New York developer Tony Goldman arrived in Philadelphia with plans to revitalize Center City’s seedy 13th Street, almost everyone here wondered whether he was crazy.

Here are a selection of the many tweets following Goldman’s death.

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2 Comments on “Remembering a visionary South Beach, Wynwood developer”

  1. 1 Scott said at 11:49 am on September 14th, 2012:

    Tony is the man! I remember when he pistol-whipped those dukes on Dade for messin’ with his ride! Got one of them real bad… you will be missed!

  2. 2 Mike said at 3:09 pm on September 22nd, 2012:

    What can you say, my first recollection of Wynwood was playing little league baseball,my last was streets filled with thousands of young dynamic people bouncing from food truck to gallery to restaurant . Thank you Tony and thank you “Beached Miami” You hit a home run. Let it continue.

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