Miami’s Art Basel 2012 Will Be Hotter Than Ever

December might be a cold, dour month in a lot of the country, but not in Miami – and for reasons other than just the tropical weather. Art Basel Miami Beach will kick off on December 6, and the New York Post reports that the social scene will be more revved up than ever.

Many of the awesome parties around town won’t be directly related to the international art event, but the city will be buzzing with an influx of visitors from around the world – particularly, visitors with money.

The festivities don’t end with the Art Basel itself; during the same week, Bayfront Park will be home to UR1 music and art festival, which will have musical acts ranging from hip hop to indie, rocking out on five stages.

In addition to high-rolling parties, the city will showcase new developments. For example, the American Airlines Arena will host VIPs in its new Hyde lounge, and new hotels like the SLS South Beach hotel and the re-branded James Royal Palm will host events.

All of this makes me wonder: (1) What about the supposed recession and Miami’s real estate bubble? (2) Where can I get in line?

[Photo credit: Flickr user miamism]