Monthly Archives: May 2016

Big Riverwalk news

Could it be finally happening? Is One River Point about to finally restore the Miami Riverblock  er Riverwalk. I’m waiting excitedly for confirmation from the developer, but it looks like all the bushes have been removed and fence is posting going up. It looks a bit narrow but if the river access is opened up connecting the Riverwalk all the way through from downtown to the 95 bridge by the Miami City (Hall) Administration Building, yeah!!!

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Here’s hoping any fence will be temporary. I’m expecting to see a row of Royal Palms planted inside, with matching pavers leading to the bridge.

ed note/update-  If any brokers are going to any of the One River Points’ Sunday #roseontheriver events, please ask about their plans and timeline for the RiverWalk. ORP has so far ignored all my inquiries and requests for information.

The Miami Line is going back up

Look what’s finally going back up.  Rockne Krebs’ The Miami Line art/light project. Crews were busy over the weekend working on the Metrorail tracks. A part of the Miami Line is back up, over the river on the East side. It may take a few more weekends to complete the work. Check it out next time you’re in Brickell.

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Read more about it from the Miami New Times

Even when speeding north on I-95, it was always hard to miss. The multicolored lights glimmered against the nightscape, reflecting on the dark waters of the Miami River like watercolors swirling on a canvas. When the Metrorail rushed above, it almost seemed like it was floating on a Technicolor brick road that cut through the skyline.The rainbow of lights that adorned the Metrorail line became a visual representation of the city. Formally called The Miami Line, the light installation was designed and debuted in 1984 by pioneering light artist Rockne Krebs as part of Miami-Dade’s Art in Public Places program.

Source: Rockne Krebs’ Miami Line May Soon Light Up Again | Miami New Times

How about “Old Town”?

Last week Eleazar David Meléndez wrote an article in The Biscayne Times titled “The Definition of Downtown” in which he struggled with the description, boundaries, and definition really of downtown Miami, before finally ended up sending inquiring tourists to Mary Brickell Village.  What’s most clear from this scenario is that the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) attempt at branding has failed. DWNTWN really is no more than a visual curiosity, but becomes an annoyance when pronunciation is attempted (anyone else hearing a muffled sound?).  And if it is  pronounced “downtown”, well that doesn’t solve the issue of defining the neighborhood geographically or characteristically.

 

Like many large cities Miami has many neighborhoods. Unlike some cities, we cannot visually point out downtown for the tall buildings as they continue on for miles through Continue reading How about “Old Town”?

Best Burgers in Miami?

Juicy Smashed Burger hasn’t been open long downtown at 117 SE 3rd Avenue, and already they have renamed (re-concepted?) as Burbowl. Not sure if it has anything to do with the competition, being directly across the street from the Union Restaurant & Café which has long advertised as having “downtown’s best burgers”.  Anyone have a favorite? Of course if you’re a few blocks away near the Jewelry District there’s Top Burger 109 NE 1st Ave.  I’m just bummed that the Union and Top Burger are only open for lunchtime during the week, but at least Burbowl is open late.

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The Edge is back

It’s baaack.  It’s rare these days to see a condo development be cancelled, so it was a bit of a surprise when The Edge on Brickell (55 S. Miami Ave Rd.) was axed last year. Those following local development may have just chalked it up to a fantasy project, 58 stories, 3 condo units per floor, robotic parking (due to) sitting on a sliver of land on the Miami River you could barely fit 2 cars on parked nose to nose. But the plans were scrapped and the property sold. Now a new developer wants to revive the project as a hotel, with about 70 residential units. A new architect has been employed and plans for an even taller tower, reducing the sidewalk in front and severely limiting the Riverwalk. It’s hard to imagine how a tower could be built on this site without eliminating public access to the riverfront altogether.

The Miami River Commission is holding a hearing on Monday, May 9 at 12 noon at  1407 NW 7th Street

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Flagler Street progress

This seems to be taking a long time but I’m hopeful the first block (phase I & 2) in front of the courthouse is nearing completion. The rails were seen today, ready to be embedded into the sidewalk design. I can’t wait to see the completed look and how the rest of Flagler Street will look when finished.  You can check it out here.

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Signage fail

I don’t know if this violates any city sign ordinances, I just know it looks like trash.  At a major entrance to our beautiful city this isn’t what we should have to see.

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#riverparkhotel #miami

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One last bench

A couple of weeks ago I brought up the sad condition of the benches along the Riverwalk and called for their removal, then issued a challenge to the city (Miami Riverwalk Commission) to install better seating.  Well the benches along the Miami Riverwalk have finally been removed. (All but one last one closest the Metromover, the corner with the wall and green fence still used as a urinal.) Much thanks to all involved who made this happen. Crews were out today clearing the brush and powering leafblowers. No word on if any new seating will be installed or what type would replace them if any. It won’t take much to improve this section of Riverwalk, at least a good powerwash for the underside of the bridges, maybe some white paint or murals, and bright lighting. Now to get the hotels to pitch in to clean up their part, and a path is still needed beside the Hyatt Regency to Brickell Ave .

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