In Brief

The Office of County Commissioner Eileen Higgins, District 5.


Editorial

The City of Miami Commission voted on two resolutions, and also to amend Chapter 37 of the code of the City of Miami to prohibit encampments on public property. By James Torres.

Miami, September 13, 2021.

The City of Miami Commission passed two resolutions and an ordinance first reading this afternoon:

  1. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO DESIGNATE AN AREA OR AREAS IN THE CITY OF MIAMI PROVIDING FOR PERMITTED TEMPORARY ENCAMPMENTS OR OTHER SHELTER OPTIONS FOR HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS.
  2. A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO ENHANCE THE COORDINATION AND FREQUENCY AMONGST CITY OF MIAMI (“CITY”) DEPARTMENTS TO FACILITATE THE CLEANING OF CERTAIN LOCATIONS, AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK, AT AREAS CONSIDERED TO BE HOT SPOTS OF RECURRING HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS…

URBANISM / OUR STREETS

History and future of Avenue 3. By Glenda Puente and Steve Dutton

In the early days since Miami’s foundation in 1896, the two-block street known today as NE 3rd Avenue was a residential enclave where some of the city pioneers built their first homes. For example, wrote Casey Piket for Downtown News, Col. William Burdine who opened “The Florida Store”, James Leaming, owner of the Leamington Hotel, and E.A. Waddell, the city’s first real estate agent, just to name a few.

“Only a block from the city’s original shoreline, the street nicknamed Short Street was the preferred path of the coaches transporting visitors who arrived at the train station, near today’s Freedom…


COMMENTARY

By Aaron DeMayo

Technology has been at the forefront of many growth cycles in Miami’s history. The dredge, the railroad, the personal motor vehicle, and the air conditioner brought new opportunities to rethink and reshape how people lived within South Florida. New technologies and applications, in each of those specific areas, intertwined with nature-based solutions will be key to the next 50 years in South Florida.

By 2071, Planet Earth will look considerably different, especially due to human-induced climatic changes within the Anthropocene Epoch. Extreme heat affects the way we dress, how we get around, and when and what activities we participate in…


Editorial / DNA President

Building a community can be difficult, and sometimes misunderstood for the simple reason that different people have different definitions. By James Torres.

It would be appropriate to start with the Webster-Merriam Dictionary’s definition: “A unified body of individuals: such as the people with common interests living in a particular area: the area itself, or a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society…” The membership of the Downtown Neighbors Alliance fits perfectly within that definition.

But dictionary definitions sometimes clash against real life circumstances. The Downtown Neighbors Alliance, DNA, groups together most of Downtown’s residential towers, and stakeholders, a community of one hundred and ten thousand residents, according to figures by the 2020 US Census…


Books

Chronicling 125 Years, 1896–2021.

An Insightful Chronicle of Downtown Miami

In a concise style that is accessible to all readers, Raul Guerrero intersperses book excerpts, essays, articles, memoirs, case studies, trivia, interviews, and dispatches from the past, even a memorable poem by award-winning Campbell McGrath to allow for a kaleidoscopic view of 125 years of booms and busts, reinventions and disasters — natural and human made — on the way to the Global City.

Contributors

Dr. Paul George, Historian in Residence at HistoryMiami Museum, explores the evolution of the judiciary system, and we learn from noted architect and University of Miami Professor Allan Shulman the constructed identity and layered architectural traditions…


Art Contest for kids 7–13. DNA community event at Bayfront Park.


Editorial

The Miami Herald Published this morning, May 16, 2021, a commentary on the issue of schools Downtown Miami faces by Joy Prevor, Chair of the DNA Education Committee: ‘Needed: New School.’

Letters to the Editor, Miami Herald, May 16, 2021.

Brief Follow-up conversation with Joy Prevor

Downtown News: It seems Downtown Miami is booming, with new fintech companies flocking to our shores, and incessant construction…

Joy Prevor: New condos, the Flagler Street beautification project and incentives for businesses are important for strengthening our area. However, a neighborhood public school is a critical linchpin component to ensuring the viability of the area as a residential community. Without appropriate schools, veteran residents and newcomers alike will be unable to stay here and raise families.


Downtown’s Own Corner — Services, Public Announcements, Community affairs. This week: Free Testing at Government Center. Support Avenue 3 Restaurants. Farmers Market.


Cultural Compass

A curated guide to culture in Downtown Miami. ARSHT CENTER. FLAGLER ST. PAMM. FROST SCIENCE. SILVERSPOT. All within walking distance. Week of May 14–21.

Courtesy of the Arsht Center.

A groundbreaking, immersive 3D/LED experience featuring masterpieces of Impressionist Art.

May 19-June 16, 2021. Lynn Wolfson Stage inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House. The Arsht Center.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (@arshtcenter) and Princeton Entertainment Group (PEG) present the world premiere of LASTING IMPRESSIONS, a towering, experiential installation of sight and sound that transports guests into more than 100 of the world’s most recognizable masterpiece paintings.

The fully immersive experience uses one-of-a-kind 3D/LED technology, massive 75-footwide screens, music, and lighting to create an experience like no other. …

Downtown NEWS

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