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The rising costs of commercial real estate throughout Miami-Dade County means fewer choices for would-be independent retailers. See, for instance, the full mall-ification of Lincoln Road, and the sweep of new high-end luxury retail through the Design District. Small-business proprietors are even starting to move out of Wynwood’s main drag; punky street fashion boutique the Kult, to name one, recently closed up shop off NW 2nd Ave.

Miami Arena Opened 25 Years Ago This Week

Blogger Bill Cooke reminisces when the Arena opened in 1988 through newspaper clips.

When it first opened in Downtown, many said it would bring in business and revitalize the area, but the only thing it attracted was a sports bar that failed.

The blogger has more newspaper clips detailing the arena’s history at Random Pixels.

With the Knight Foundation officially taking applications for this round of its Knight Arts Challenge grant, buzz about the program is heavy in Miami's artistic circles. As we pointed out the week applications opened, no project is necessarily too small or strange, and the foundation funds projects from funky to formal.

via knightarts.org

Knight Foundation and its Knight Arts Challenge grants have lubricated the city's arts community for the past five years, funding projects great and small that benefit the greater cultural good.

Those free projections on the side of the New World Symphony building and events in the Soundscape park? Knight money. The sculpture garden at the Bass Museum? Knight money. Those off-beat Weird Miami bus tours? Yep, also Knight money.