Like most people in Miami, Mario Alejandro Ariza came from somewhere else.
He arrived from the Dominican Republic in 1993, just months after Hurricane Andrew had swept through Miami, taking what seemed to him like every leaf from every tree. He was 6 years old at the time. He didn’t like it one bit.
His mother had brought him, and love had brought her. She had married a stockbroker from Miami and then, when she needed to, reinvented herself from a stay-at-home mom to a spectacularly successful real estate broker in a city at risk of sinking into the sea.
That biting detail figures in Mr. Ariza’s cautionary love letter to the city, entitled “Disposable City: Miami’s Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe” and published this week by Bold Type Books, an imprint of Hachette.