Wynwood

Students returned to school on Monday in Miami amid a new concern: the threat of Zika. Nine schools in Miami-Dade County are in or near a zone where nearly a month ago health officials confirmed that mosquitoes are spreading the virus.

One of them, Jose de Diego Middle School, is in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, an area known for its restaurants, cafes and street art. It's also home to middle-class and low-income families, many newly arrived from Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti.

Miami Herald

 According to the Governor’s office, five cases of the Zika virus have been identified in Miami Beach. This as the tally of locally transmitted cases hits 36. So, what's new in the effort to find and stop it?

Also, from the U.S. Senate to county hall, early voting has begun for the August 30th primaries. A third party presidential candidate comes to town. And how truthful is this political season?

Wilson Sayre

Art and social justice. For centuries artists have been combining the two and a show opening Friday in Miami once again hopes to harness this form of human creativity to get people to talk about human rights.

One piece at the show at Art Bastion Gallery in Wynwood features two panels full of rubber duckies: one yellow, the other blue. But, there’s an exception. One duckie from each color have been switched.

  And those two duckies “stick out like a sore thumb,” says Courtney Levine, a volunteer with Amnesty International.

Amanda Rabines

Elected officials and city representatives gathered on Friday at Miami-Dade’s Emergency Management Center to support Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in his request for Congress to increase funding to fight Zika.

Sen. Nelson called the need for a Zika vaccine "urgent and necessary."

“Trying to get that message across to these other senators and House members that are in other parts in the country, it’s out of sight out of mind for them,” said Nelson. 

He says he’s looking into the likely possibility that there are more cases of Zika unreported in Florida.

Sen. Marco Rubio Worried About Wynwood; Talks Trump

Aug 3, 2016
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Sen. Marco Rubio held a press conference for the second time in two months - to plead with Congress and the Obama administration for funding to combat the Zika virus.

 

Rubio spoke about the impact of local cases for Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. “Up until this week with the Zika news, Wynwood offered this incredible story of revitalization,” he said.

 

Kate Stein / WLRN

The key to avoiding Zika is avoiding contact with the mosquitoes that carry Zika. The official advice is to wear bug repellent, avoid affected areas, and stay indoors. But for people who spend extended periods of time on Wynwood's streets, following that advice is difficult.

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

News of four recent cases of Zika acquired by mosquito bites in neighborhoods north of downtown Miami was not received with concern by owners and patrons of restaurants and bars in the popular area of Wynwood. 

 

 

The streets in and around the Wynwood area were busy and crowded this Friday with people too shy to talk about the virus.

Spencer Parts

Hillary Clinton’s first Miami campaign office is in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. It’s a choice that says something about what her campaign is trying to do and about what the neighborhood looks like today.

The converted warehouse that will be the new office is around the corner from the neighborhood's Northwest 2nd Avenue hub.  When I got there an hour before speakers took to the stage to mark the opening it was already booming with the sounds of the preparations of volunteers and staffers.

Lynnette Cantos

At the beginning of each performance, Speakfridays host and founder Robert Lee starts  by reciting to newcomers and regulars alike the night’s catchphrase:

“Can I speak?,” Lee shouts. And the audience responds  with a resounding, “Yes you can.”  Started in 2006, Speakfridays has been a staple of Miami’s underground art and culture scene for the last 10 years. Originally located in a warehouse in the Bird Road Arts district, the show moved to Wynwood last year in search of  larger accommodations.

Alexander Gonzalez / WLRN

Alba Prieto says life with her son Daniel can be a “roller coaster.”

“One day you’re up, one day you’re down,” she says. “But at the end of the day, at the end of the roller coaster, you feel super excited about what you have been doing.”

Daniel Varela, 10, was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. It’s a spectrum disorder (one with varying degrees of severity) that can make communication and social interaction challenging. 

Wynwood Might Get Puerto Rican Community Center

Jun 11, 2015
Miami Herald

Miami-Dade’s Puerto Rican residents may get a community center in the historically Boricua Wynwood neighborhood. The County’s Economic Prosperity Committee is considering a proposal on Thursday to exchange county property for private land owned by real estate developer Moishe Mana. If approved by the committee, the proposal will go to a full vote by the county commission later this year.

#HialeahNow Means "Leah" Art District

May 18, 2015
Lisann Ramos

There’s a small block in Hialeah lined with warehouses covered in murals. The smell of food trucks and spray paint are reminiscent of Art Walk events in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.

This corner of Hialeah is the beginning of what the city hopes will be its art district.

On Sunday, the city’s southeastern corridor, on East 15th Street and 10th Avenue, held a block party to introduce the area to local artists.

Courtesy of Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant Art

Justin Peck is one of the country’s most sought-after ballet choreographers. Shepard Fairey is one of the most famous street artists in the world. Peck is resident choreographer with New York City Ballet and lives in New York. Fairey lives in L.A. Their first collaboration is happening in West Palm Beach.

Miami City Ballet performs the world premiere of "Heatscape" on Friday, March 27, before taking it to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in April. To hear how it all came together listen to the story above.

Daniel Ducassi

At a time when investors are paying record prices for land in Wynwood, real estate broker and developer David Lombardi is choosing not to build on his Wynwood properties.

Maria Murriel / WLRN

Don and Mera Rubell, founding couple of the Rubell Family Collection, spoon-fed people little bites of cake Thursday in Wynwood, assisted by 48 servers dressed all in black.

Yes. Like Marie Antoinette.

It was a celebration of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and also a performance-art piece by daughter Jennifer at her annual Art Basel breakfast. Every year Rubell puts on a food-related installation. Her breakfast itself is the piece of art.

    

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