Miami

Transportation
6:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets

Credit Karelia Arauz/WLRN

If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below. 

The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists (many in costume for Halloween) will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.

The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.

Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.

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If I Were Mayor
1:23 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Do South Florida Mayors Do Anything?

Has South Florida had any good mayors? Some of suggestions from our audience, clockwise from top left, Robert King High, mayor of Miami (1956-1967); Jim Naugle, mayor of Fort Lauderdale (1991-2009); Alex Penelas, mayor of Miami-Dade County (1996-2004) and Raul Martinez, mayor of Hialeah (1981-2005).

From reading hundreds of ideas for our If I Were Mayor project, we’ve learned two things:

1.  People are thinking big. From new, east-west train routes to more edible landscaping and higher educational standards, South Floridians have clear visions of what they’d like to see in their towns.

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Culture
6:21 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Carnival Will Close Out With Parade In Sun Life Stadium On Sunday

Dana Matthews (left) and Tarakaye Clunis, participated in Miami Broward One Carnival in Miami Gardens in 2011. This week's parade is Sunday.
Credit Carl Juste / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The walk up of parties for the Miami Broward Carnival weekend has officially begun.

Still, the big parade at Sun Life Stadium with all the bands isn’t until Sunday and that means plenty of people are still hustling on the last minute preps, such as finishing the bright shiny costumes. 

Inside one garage in Miramar the sewing crew hums to soca beats as they glue yet another rhinestone onto another skirt of a Carnival costume. Music plays from the computer.

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Sports
2:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Miami Jai-Alai Looks To Catch On Again Despite Financial Reality

Jai-Alai players prepare to play a game at the once cultural icon in Miami, Aug. 22, 2013. The Jai-Alai fronton declared bankruptcy earlier this year. Despite the financial restructuring they will continue to entertain with Jai-Alai, concerts, and gambling.
Credit Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Out near the Miami Airport there’s a place that used to be one of the hottest spots in Miami. Imagine the perfect mixture of athletics, spectacle, and speed. Jai-Alai. It’s like handball, only you fling the ball and catch the ball with this basket thing.

But it's also more complicated than that, and dangerous. But the way Jai-Alai attendance is growing, in seven years ,followers say it will eclipse baseball.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

“Her Own Little Paris In Miami”

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband.
Marice Cohn Band for The Miami Herald

Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

How Miami-Dade's Dreams Of Light Rail Look A Lot Like Its Past

A streetcar in Coral Gables in April, 1925
William A. Fishbaugh/State Archives of Florida

Once again, Miami-Dade County is studying whether a light-rail train from mainland Miami to the beach would actually work.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the county’s metropolitan planning organization think it could be a solution to the traffic problems of South Beach. If traffic gets worse, Gimenez has said it will “kill the tourism industry.”  

A History Of Light Rail

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Transportation
6:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

It's That Time Again: Thousands Of Critical Mass Cyclists Take To The Streets

Critical Mass takes place in South Florida on the last Friday of every month.
Credit Tropical Pedicab/Flickr

If you're driving through the center of Miami tonight, you need to take a close look at the map below.  

The monthly group bike ride called Critical Mass is taking place again. Cyclists will be riding 12.5 miles around Miami starting at Government Center and ending at Grand Central Park.

The Miami event usually draws a couple thousand cyclists and can back up traffic. The route also changes every month.

Cyclists joining in Fort Lauderdale's Critical Mass have a 14-mile route planned that will start at the War Memorial Auditorium.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Arsht Center, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Chef Norman Van Aken and Palm Beach Arts Calendar

Joshua Bell - Part of the Arsht Center's new season
Mendbeeth

08/23/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, President and CEO, John Richard, brings us news about the incredible new season coming up for the Arsht Center. Charles Greenfield, speaks with Michael Ellert about the exciting fall performance dates for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival.

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Income Mobility
11:56 am
Thu August 22, 2013

If You're Poor In Florida, You're Better Off Working In Miami

Above is a map from the study by a team of top economists. Lighter colors represent areas where low-income children are more likely to rise up to a higher income level.
Credit Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez / http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/

Children from low income families in Florida have the best chance of achieving a higher income level if they grow up in Miami.

Surprised?

I was.  Based on my layman's understanding, I thought we would have low rates of income mobility.

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Social Media
2:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

I Just Killed My Wife, Miami Man's Facebook Page Says

Derek Medina in a booking photo taken by the Miami-Dade Police Department.
handout Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:10 am

"I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. Love you guys. Miss you guys. Take care. Facebook people you'll see me in the news."

The Miami Herald and other news outlets are reporting that 31-year-old Derek Medina of South Miami apparently posted that Facebook message Thursday morning, along with a photo of a woman's "twisted, bloodied body lying on a linoleum floor."

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Miami Dish
6:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Author Mandy Baca Traces Miami's Sizzling History Through Food

This photo of a restaurant in Hialeah was taken just after it was constructed in 1922.
Credit William A. Fishbaugh (State Archives of Florida)

In Miami, everything has to do with migration, especially our food.

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Diversity
11:24 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Being Asian In South Florida Means Disbelief, Stares, And Latin Confusion

Ly Nguyen

If I were to write a personal ad, it would go something like this: short male, black hair, brown eyes, caramel-colored skin. Then I would probably go on at length about my sculpted body and model looks. You’re thinking Latin male, right? What if I added slightly oval eyes, like large almonds? What would you think then? Asian? In South Florida? No way. There are no Asians in South Florida.

Perhaps not many, but there are.

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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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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

South Florida Watchdog Report Publisher Dan Ricker

Screen shot of the watchdogreport.net
www.watchdogreport.net

05/20/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with contributor Dan Ricker, publisher of the weekly Watchdog Report. Ricker celebrates the 14th anniversary of his independent internet news publication. We’ll touch on many issues, including Miami-Dade’s dither over water and sewer infrastructure upgrades, as well as the Miami Dolphin’s loss of millions in the stadium upgrade debacle. And though proceeds would benefit charity, would you pay to see the middle-aged Mayors of Hialeah and Miami Lakes face-off in a boxing match? That’s Topical Currents at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.

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Sports
7:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Remix The News: David Kobert, Miami Dolphins And Circus Politics

Artist's rendering of Sun Life Stadium upgrades.
Credit Original photo from Miami Dolphins with added pizzazz by Kenny Malone

We're a little over two weeks away from the scheduled Miami-Dade County referendum on proposed upgrades to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

State lawmakers still need to approve a local hotel tax increase and a Dolphins subsidy that would help pay for the renovations. If that happens, the public will have a chance to officially vote on the upgrades on May 14th. 

Until then, we figured we'd give our audience a different way to express their feelings on the issue:

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