Razing Liberty Square

Razing Liberty Square

Directed by Katja Esson

Miami is ground zero for sea level rise. Elevation becomes real estate gold as the rich must move inland from the low-lying beaches. When residents of Miami's infamous Liberty Square public housing project learn about a $300-million-dollar revitalization project, they brace themselves against gentrification. What they don't know is that the sudden interest comes from the fact that their neighborhood is located on the highest and driest ground in Miami. But a young, local climate activist is ready to fight this new form of racial injustice: Climate Gentrification. Razing Liberty Square is a feature-length documentary that addresses climate gentrification by following the redevelopment of a historic African American public housing project in Miami and its impact on long-time residents.

Photo: Joshua Kenley on the porch of the old unit, the new construction in the background