Ever since the Beat Generation became popular in the 1950s, white kids from well-off families have left their protective nests in search of dirtier streets, cheaper rent, and self-professed “freer” lifestyles. Back then, the movement was quaint and weird and looked down upon. Today, gentrification is an unstoppable reality. As millennials grow, so do their budgets and their market share. From New York to San Francisco and from Wynwood to Little Havana and Little Haiti, once-ghetto streets are cropping up with more succulents, more roots-oriented art galleries, and more adorable, rustic-themed coffee shops.
Modern movers in their 20s and 30s are not defined by the social lines of old. Yuppies are now hipsters. Hipsters are now yuppies. A new generation of well-dressed, culturally learned economic invaders is here, but they are also self-aware. This well-meaning push-out is tough and morally dubious, which means it’s the perfect fodder for contemporary “folk” artists — artists such as Eddie Arroyo of the Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., Wynwood). His latest exhibition, “Developers Survey,” tackles the growing restructuring of Miami neighborhoods in a series of paintings. You can’t stop the beast, but you can comment on it, and perhaps realization is the first step to harmony. Hey, it beats doing nothing.
Admission to “Developers Survey” is free this Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 305-576-2828 or visit bacfl.org.