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The unusually intact collection of 600 mid-20th century garden-style apartment buildings, schools and places of worship that make up Miami Beach's North Shore district -- South Beach's funky, forgotten little brother -- now has something of its own to boast about.

It's been accepted for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, an honor that city officials and North Shore boosters hope will sharpen the district's profile, allowing it to step out from its better-known sibling's long shadow.

The district's inclusion also cements recognition of the once-derided architectural style that has popularly come to be known as Miami Modern, or MiMo -- the breezy, geometric designs that predominate throughout North Shore.

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