Category Archives: downtown

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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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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Coming down. -Not

The old Epic sales office that has long blocked the Miami River Walk from Bayfront Park at the mouth of the river is finally coming down. Word is the Epic has sold the property to a developer who plans to build another “epic 60-70 story condo tower, tentatively named Epic2. My question now is, can the city of Miami, in cooperation with Miami21, the Miami River Commission, or whatever, deny any further construction permits until the property reopens access to the RiverWalk?

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Dude!

You lift bro? Check it out, finally something happening in the Mint at Riverfront.

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Society Barbell & Fitness has taken over the largest commercial space in The Mint along the riverwalk. It’s about time, commercial space in the Riverfront complex has been seriously lacking, and in the Mint completely empty for years.  Looks like a pretty hardcore weight training and CrossFit facility. But what a great view to have for it.

 

 

What the…??

Fox in a Box! I saw this while walking by the other day, had to look it up to see what it’s about.

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Apparently it’s a room escape adventure game. Could be fun.  I love seeing new things to do downtown. Choose from several scenario’s… bank robbery, prison break, Zombies!  Wonder if it’s mostly corporate team building exercises. Or something fun to do with friends while waiting for the new season of Archer to start.

Anyone done this? 28 SE 1st St. near Macy’s.