Nathaniel Sandler http://wlrn.org en Here's What The Tequesta Site Downtown Will Look Like, And Why It's Great For Miami http://wlrn.org/post/heres-what-tequesta-site-downtown-will-look-and-why-its-great-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barring any drastic moves by the Miami city commissioners Thursday, the controversial&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/14/3935274_expert-tequesta-site-in-downtown.html" target="_blank">Tequesta</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/14/3935274_expert-tequesta-site-in-downtown.html" target="_blank">&nbsp;site unearthed downtown</a> will have a marquee showcase from the sidewalk and <strong>numerous interpretation options for visitors. </strong></span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:59:32 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 29823 at http://wlrn.org Here's What The Tequesta Site Downtown Will Look Like, And Why It's Great For Miami Wynwood Is Dead. Long Live Wynwood. http://wlrn.org/post/wynwood-dead-long-live-wynwood <p>There are an exasperating amount of think pieces on the Internet about Wynwood. Its rise, fall, flourish and continued economic growth have all been continually documented both locally and across the world. There has been change recently and people have noticed.&nbsp; Businesses never thought possible are moving in while most of the serious, professional artists have physically moved their studios downtown, to Little Haiti and even Opa-Locka.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 05:28:03 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 27480 at http://wlrn.org Wynwood Is Dead. Long Live Wynwood. As Basel Expanded Beyond The Beach, Miami Became Its Muse http://wlrn.org/post/basel-expanded-beyond-beach-miami-became-its-muse <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.4318181818181819;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:13pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-53313c66-c485-35bd-a88f-38087613467f"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Basel is back in town and the annual artistic spotlight is swiveling around Miami, highlighting nooks and crannies the city normally passes by with nonchalance. Now in its 12th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has not only grown, but changed the landscape of the city and South Florida. </span></span></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:01:15 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 24607 at http://wlrn.org As Basel Expanded Beyond The Beach, Miami Became Its Muse Now Sold, Will The Former Versace Mansion In South Beach Be Preserved? http://wlrn.org/post/now-sold-will-former-versace-mansion-south-beach-be-preserved <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">On July </span>15<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 17px;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">1997 Gianni Versace left for the morning paper at just before 9 a.m. Nearly everyone in Miami and a great deal of people across the world know the story.</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:13:25 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 22196 at http://wlrn.org Now Sold, Will The Former Versace Mansion In South Beach Be Preserved? How Creative Types Survive And Thrive In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/how-creative-types-survive-and-thrive-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Making the decision to become an artist, whether in South Florida or elsewhere, is sometimes not an option. Miami based visual artist Kevin Arrow explains, &ldquo;every few months I promise myself to pack it up and take up knitting or building model cars.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:01:50 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21921 at http://wlrn.org How Creative Types Survive And Thrive In South Florida Senate Committee Probes Gambling Issue With Authors Of Delayed Report http://wlrn.org/post/senate-committee-takes-gambling-issue-authors-delayed-report <p></p><p>A Florida Senate committee on gaming will take up the controversial issue of expanding casinos and gambling in the state at a hearing today in Tallahassee.</p><p>The hearing will include a discussion between elected officials and analysts from New Jersey-based consulting firm Spectrum Gaming Group, a firm with strong ties to the casino industry. The company was commissioned by lawmakers to compile <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-delay-highly-anticipated-gambling-study" target="_blank">a much-anticipated report on the impact of gambling on economic growth</a>.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21425 at http://wlrn.org Senate Committee Probes Gambling Issue With Authors Of Delayed Report What $57M In Federal Asset Seizures Might Say About South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/what-57m-federal-asset-seizures-might-say-about-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">In the last year, over $57 million in illegal assets relating to federal cases in South Florida have been seized by the United States government, according to data provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Florida.</span></p><p>$57,321,390.40 to be exact.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:58:01 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 21070 at http://wlrn.org What $57M In Federal Asset Seizures Might Say About South Florida Why The Arrest Of 3 South Florida Mayors Is Our Fault http://wlrn.org/post/why-arrest-3-south-florida-mayors-our-fault <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three South Florida mayors were accused of corruption in August, offering up a salient, cautionary tale for anyone who puts their faith in Miami's elected officials. The mayors from Sweetwater, Miami Lakes, and Homestead represent a triumvirate of questionable behavior, a triple threat of public office tomfoolery and a real world </span>trifecta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of tropical sleaze.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 20414 at http://wlrn.org Why The Arrest Of 3 South Florida Mayors Is Our Fault Map Of South Florida Shows How Racially Segregated We Are http://wlrn.org/post/map-south-florida-shows-how-racially-segregated-we-are <p></p><p></p><p>A new map&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">clearly demarcates the racial divide in the United States through&nbsp;</span><a href="http://demographics.coopercenter.org/DotMap/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5; ">colorful dots</a>,&nbsp;showing the demographics of South Florida and highlighting the striking partitions of how we live.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:32:37 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 20179 at http://wlrn.org Map Of South Florida Shows How Racially Segregated We Are Planes, Drones And Dry Ice: How South Florida Wages War Against Mosquitoes http://wlrn.org/post/planes-drones-and-dry-ice-how-south-florida-wages-war-against-mosquitoes <p></p><p>At dusk during a hot Miami summer, when you’re outside getting chewed on by countless mosquitoes, it’s easy to wonder how anyone ever decided to settle in South Florida.</p><p>The mosquitoes, in fact, were so bad for some early South Floridians that they had rooms at the front of their frontier shacks called “losers,” which contained smudge pots and palmetto branches to literally “lose” all of the bugs from your body before entering.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 19712 at http://wlrn.org Planes, Drones And Dry Ice: How South Florida Wages War Against Mosquitoes How Miami-Based Sktchy App Turns Everybody Into An Artist http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-based-sktchy-app-turns-everybody-artist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">What does an app born from the spirit of Miami look like?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It looks like </span>Sktchy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a start up mobile app motivated by </span><a href="http://sketchymiami.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Sketchy Miami</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a blog and series of parties spotted around town two years ago where the goal was to create a portrait of every person in Miami.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:32:06 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 19165 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Based Sktchy App Turns Everybody Into An Artist Miami, Synchronized Swimming And The Beautiful Ladies Of Verso http://wlrn.org/post/miami-synchronized-swimming-and-beautiful-ladies-verso <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">If you ever had his ear, you could ask basketball star&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Dwyane</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;Wade how he makes a party classier.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But since you probably </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">don't, you should know that when he celebrated his birthday the day after the Miami Heat won its second championship ring, he invited the ladies of Verso Performance, a local synchronized swimming troupe to perform for his exclusive guests.</span></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:59:07 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 18621 at http://wlrn.org Miami, Synchronized Swimming And The Beautiful Ladies Of Verso A High-End Pawnshop For Miami's Rich And Entrepreneurial http://wlrn.org/post/high-end-pawnshop-miamis-rich-and-entrepreneurial <p></p><p>On Northwest 36<sup>th</sup> Street, between Wynwood and the Design District, there’s a wall mural depicting a highly stylized Queen Isabella, the Spanish monarch responsible for fostering Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World.</p><p>The mural is a fitting metaphor for Miami for a few reasons; it’s a city which houses the wealthiest of the world, back-dropped with the mystique of frontier land.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:23:45 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 18506 at http://wlrn.org A High-End Pawnshop For Miami's Rich And Entrepreneurial After Swim Week, Here Are The Worst Pools in Miami Beach http://wlrn.org/post/after-swim-week-here-are-worst-pools-miami-beach <p></p><p>“Pools are such a potent symbol in the Florida dreamscape,” explains Florida International University anthropologist Laura Ogden.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea of Miami as an otherworldly dreamscape is what makes it the perfect setting for recently wrapped Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week 2013. Most of the high-end hotels on South Beach give their clientele a long whiff of sex and money; it’s basically Art Basel, except instead of contemporary art, the commodity is perfect skin.</span></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:08:50 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 17920 at http://wlrn.org After Swim Week, Here Are The Worst Pools in Miami Beach Why Closing Half Of Miami-Dade's Libraries Is Dumb http://wlrn.org/post/why-closing-half-miami-dades-libraries-dumb <p>“Who says that we get to kill all the books,” asked District 10 City Commissioner Javier Soto.</p><p>Miami, apparently, does.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The decision yesterday was made to theoretically close 22 libraries (10 storefronts and 12 branches) as well as lay off 251 employees. This number is presented as the worst-case scenario. While it could be less, the closings are nearly half of the libraries in Miami-Dade.</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Sandler 17537 at http://wlrn.org Why Closing Half Of Miami-Dade's Libraries Is Dumb