Miami commissioners voted Thursday to allow retail giant Walmart to build a new store in the city’s Midtown district.
The two-year battle came to a close after four hours of debate and testimony. Commissioners decided Walmart complied with zoning rules, and unanimously granted the retailer a special Class II permit. This will allow a 203,000-square-foot building at the sound end of Midtown, including three floors and parking space for nearly 600 cars.
Miami developer Jeff Berkowitz is putting together a proposal to build a sky-scraping observation tower in downtown Miami. The SkyRise Miami tower would stand 1,000 feet tall at the Bayside Marketplace.
Giving for educational purposes is a popular choice. It's second only to religious donations. According to Giving USA, Americans donated $41.3 billion to educational institutions in 2012. That is a 7-percent increase from the previous year.
May Jean Wolff and her husband Lou have been part of the Fort Lauderdale community since the 1950s. As Lou's career as an architect flourished, the two wanted to give back. They started by donating money for scholarships to Broward College.
Wednesday is Give Miami Day. It was established last year by the Miami Foundation to encourage donations to local non-profits. Their idea is to establish a culture of giving in Miami. But what counts as charitable giving?
As you consider whether or how you will participate in Give Miami Day, try your hand at this quiz to see if you can pick out what's philanthropy and what isn't.
Last week, we plunged into the problem of sea-level rise in South Florida. You may have heard lots of experts and lots of facts -- enough to lose track of all the real-estate risks and saltwater-invasion projections. So I've fished out the stories that got the most traction from readers and listeners like you.
Again, here are WLRN's top-five stories this week:
Structural engineers don't necessarily view rising sea levels as certain disaster. By definition, it's the job of the engineer to solve design and construction problems caused by environmental changes.
Business journalist Karen Rundlet examines some proposed solutions for sea-level rise. She interviews the University of Miami's Dr. Antonio Nanni about embracing some unusual possibilities. Click play to hear the interview.
Under construction during most of the 1960s, Interstate-95 ripped right through the heart of Overtown. Thousands of homes were torn down. Instant slums were created as the concrete expressway ripped apart the neighborhood's cultural, economic and education connections.
The result is the Overtown that's visible today -- the Overtown that's still trying to recover.
"[I-95] caused great harm in the past," says Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "We need to rectify that."
Wednesday for a hearing about regulations for luxury-sedan and limo drivers. If Miami-Dade County commissioners allow for an unlimited number of such drivers, mobile-dispatch companies such as Uber could operate in the county.
The Uber app allows users to hail cabs with their mobile phones. Regional manager Rachel Holt says it would benefit those users as well as local taxicab workers.
Nov. 14 is Homeless Awareness Day in Miami-Dade County. For the event's fifth year, the Homeless Trust is putting on Homeless Awareness Day rallies aimed at publicizing the homeless' plight, as well as celebrating individuals who have dedicated themselves to the cause. An opening ceremony honored the Homeless Trust's outreach workers, known as the "green shirts."
When 63-year-old Bobby White served as an infantryman in Vietnam in the late 1960s, he and his fellow African-American soldiers had a handshake ritual they called "The Dap."
"It was sort of amazing," White says. "Sometimes the guys touched each other's hands, their arms, with a charismatic sort of flair. And sometimes it would go on for a minute to five minutes, just to show appreciation that you, as another brother serving in the war, we are connected to each other."