Bishop  James Adams, of Overtown’s historic St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, is no stranger to Miami redevelopment politics.

Over the last decade, while controversial mega developments have heightened fears of rapid gentrification in Miami, Adams has pushed to preserve Pan-Africanism in Overtown and has held developers accountable for promises of jobs

“This community has become used to promises made, and then those promises never being kept,” Adams said.

Now Adams is calling out the $4 billion Miami Worldcenter, the 27 acres of mixed-use development that sits north of the central business district in downtown Miami.

Worldcenter is slowly reshaping the downtown skyline after nearly a decade of construction and speculation. The complex’s 60-story tower, the Paramount, is set to be completed by the end of this year.

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