Brad Knoefler has been an urban pioneer. Brad was one of the first people in Miami to not only promote adaptive reuse but he actually invested and restored many "older" buildings. Adaptive reuse has been practiced for centuries worldwide. Property owners in Miami have been slow to see the benefits.
@Turkey People have been renovating older buildings on Miami Beach for decades to take advantage of architectural history. This guys isn't inventing anything new. It's great that Knoefler has done a couple of projects, sure. Still, his flippant attitude towards the community and the senseless destruction of a once thriving contingent of gourmet food culture outweighs any good he may be doing.
Look at what he did to the Grand Central park project with his buffoonish management of the situation. I went past it during aart Basel and it was dead, completely dead. He said that it would be a "platform" for others to develop business, then screwed those people over without a second thought. Let him go to Detroit or somewhere they need another jerk who can fix old buildings for a buck.