Viva Flagler!

It's downtown's swirling kaleidoscope of sights and sounds and smells. Where the Latin mercado meets the American enterprise. Where commerce thrives and clerks cut deals. So why would urban planners want to kill it?

Merchant Miguel Brazlavsky: "A guy who goes to Bal Harbour has already made the decision. If I offer the same shirt with a different label for half the price, he won't buy it. He wants the label."

"These people have done things the same way for a long time," says the business association's Maira Diaz. "Can you see them putting up those signs and blasting music in a mall? Forget it."

Newsstand owner Juan Canal: "Flagler has changed so much in the past ten years you wouldn't recognize it. Change is inevitable. But no one group can decide that change."

"Somehow I just can't bring myself to buy shoes here now," says Mom, tossing aside a pair of pumps. "I'll have to go back to Flagler.

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