Waterfront Dreaming (South Florida of the 1970s)
Today, I was looking up some stuff about Miami in the 1970's. I have a wistful fascination for the 70s most likely because I wasn't around for them: the music was good, there were fewer people, fewer rules, fewer distractions, and the clothes were pretty funky.
I came across a cool set of South Florida photos by the late Flip Schulke that are part of the very amazing Documerica project run by the EPA in the 1970's. The Documerica project set out to show society's impact on the environment; it also depicted American society in the 1970s.
My favorite photo of the South Florida set is the one at the top of this post. However, these was also this one below showing early stages of manufacturing waterfront property for the Marco Island development project.
In zooming out we can see how Marco Island would have looked- probably much like a larger island of the 10,000 islands scattered along the southwestern coast of Florida.
If we zoom in closer we can see how waterfront property was manufactured. Much of Florida is like this and I'm not judgning it. I think the photo above showing its engineering is an opportunity to consider the scale and impact of these sorts of projects.