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Business
6:05 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Miami Will Have A New Film, TV Studio In 2015

The Florida Film and Television Center will be located at 50 NW 14th Street, Miami, FL 33136.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

A filmmaking company from North Carolina will be building a new state-of-the-art production studio near downtown Miami. It’s an effort by the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to revitalize 14th Street and provide filmmakers incentives to shoot in South Florida.

The construction of the 70,000-square-foot production studio, called Florida Film and Television Center, is already underway. It will be located on Northwest Miami Court and 14th Street.

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Art Basel
11:56 am
Fri November 28, 2014

The Miami River Art Fair Is Worth Seeing For Art Basel First-Timers

"The Manhattan of Miami" where Brickell (left) connects with downtown Miami (right)
Credit Miami River Art Fair

If you want to dip a timid toe in the sexy international art scene without getting sucked into the whirlpool Art Basel creates, the solution is right here in river city.

The Miami River Art Fair is in its third year and beginning to make a splash. Organizers must have been thinking big when they dubbed their Art Basel satellite location “the Manhattan of Miami”. The hubris is understandable: see the resemblance in the photo - big buildings with pretty lights on the water? Symbolism. Perspective. 

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Development
4:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

How Miami Wants To Revitalize Downtown

Biscayne Boulevard Can Be A Pedestrian Obstacle Course
Credit The Miami Herald

Imagine sipping an iced cappuccino on Flagler Street beneath a lush shade tree, next to the very road that really kicked off Miami. Or meandering through a long, lazy park inserted in the middle of Biscayne Boulevard, just north of the InterContinental Miami Hotel and Resort.

Not possible, you say?

Quite possible, says Javier Betancourt, the Deputy Directory of the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

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Arts Preview
5:57 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Scottish Thespians Forego The Stage To Sing And Dance At Miami Bar

Drinking, singing and Scottish theater will all take hold of Miami's BAR 337, formerly the PAX space, during the production of "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart."

The National Theatre of Scotland will interpret the play as part of Miami Dade College's "Live Arts" series. 

The play is performed in "immersive style." Unlike in traditional theater, there is no stage. The actors use the locale and whatever props are present to move the story forward.

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Public Art
5:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

InterContinental Replaces Its Dancing Lady, The Modern-Day Coppertone Girl

The original dancing lady on the side of the InterContinental Hotel was first introduced in 2012 during Art Basel.
Courtesy of the InterContinental Hotel Miami

A year ago, the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami unveiled a 19-story-tall LED display of a shapely, female silhouette, dancing suggestively, often called "the dancing lady." The hotel recently held auditions to find new dancers. Hopefuls had one minute to dance to Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” to prove they had the right moves for a 200-foot LED display.

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Street Performers
2:13 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

How Pandhandling Laws Are A Bust For Buskers In Downtown Miami

Left to right: Maitejosune Urrechaga and Tony Kapel, performers at Buskerfest Miami
Credit Pocket of Lollipops

Miami's crackdown on homelessness may have negatively impacted the artist community. Street performers, also called buskers, travel to metropolitan areas to strum songs in front of an open guitar case left for passersby to toss in money if they desire. But in Miami, they can't.

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Art Basel
6:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

A Gun-Toting Mother Teresa Heralds Art Week In Downtown Miami

This large bronze statue of Mother Teresa is one of nine works in Bayfront Park for Art Basel. The exhibit titled WAR to WAR features historical figures, known for their humanitarian, work holding guns.
Arianna Prothero WLRN

What if Mother Teresa had been a war-maker instead of a missionary? What if Gandhi employed violence instead of civil disobedience? Those are some of the questions begged by the exhibit WAR to WAR in Bayfront Park.

The exhibit features not only historical figures known for their humanitarian work, but also artists, entertainers and sports stars. All the figures stand at an imposing, larger-than-life height, and all are flaunting massive firearms.

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Mid-day Links
2:51 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Nov. 18-22

Miss Universe, Venezuela's Gabriela Isler.

  This pre-holiday week, from Nov. 18-22, we brought you a bit of nostalgia (see our "Delis Of Yore" post below), some future planning (that's two proposals for Miami-Dade structures) and a little current analysis in the form of beauty-pageant criticism.

Well, we brought you much more than just that. But here's what you liked best:

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Architecture
11:39 am
Thu November 21, 2013

SkyRise, 1,000-Foot Observation Tower, Planned For Downtown Miami

This is a rendering of the proposed SkyRise tower.
Credit Arquitectonica via MiamiHerald.com

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.

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I-395
8:06 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Gov. Scott Seeks Funds For Miami's 'Signature Bridge'

DOUBLE WISHBONE: An early idea for a signature bridge, it would have been called the 'Wishbone Arch.'
Credit Florida Dept. of Transportation

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."

So, let the rectification begin.

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Local History
2:44 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

How The Woman Behind Miami's Manhattan Cafe Witnessed The Downtown's Rebirth

Rosaly Guimaraes stands behind the counter of her Manhattan Cafe for the final time.

The year was 1995 and the place is on the cusp of a dilapidated downtown Miami at Northeast 14th Street and Biscayne Boulevard: parking lots located next to empty lots and patches of dusty grass that were home to those who had no other -- prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics and those who had simply given up.

It was back when the euphemism for Miami was South Florida, because like many a crime-ridden city, very few wanted to claim the name anymore.

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Journalism
7:41 am
Fri May 24, 2013

The Final Days Of One Herald Plaza In Pictures

Credit barefootmailman.org

Last week, the Miami Herald shuttered its building on the bay.

Located at One Herald Plaza, the beige box on the water is affectionately known as 1HP. Conference room meetings were interrupted by someone spotting dolphins. Water spouts could be seen forming from the cafeteria windows. Depending on the person, the building was either a testament to architecture done without aesthetics in mind, or an ideal place to do journalism.

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