Op-ed: Former worker at Bain Capital takeover talks job creation

By | September 3rd, 2012 | No Comments
Mitt Romney, Bain Capital

As the head of Bain Capital, Mitt Romney (left) oversaw the bankruptcy of a medical company that had a profitable Miami plant.

Cindy Hewitt is a former employee at the Miami-based plant of Dade Behring, a defunct medical company that Mitt Romney’s buyout company, Bain Capital, took over and lead to bankruptcy in the ’90s. For more background on the controversial takeover, see the related links at the end of the op-ed. Beached Miami does not necessarily endorse Hewitt’s views.

During election years, politicians love to talk about creating jobs. Creating jobs is something I know quite a bit about.

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Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman talks ‘The Silenced Majority’

By | September 2nd, 2012 | No Comments
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

Democracy Now co-founder Amy Goodman

On Saturday, September 1, journalist Amy Goodman, co-founder of the independent news program Democracy Now (broadcast daily on radio, television, and online), spoke at Books and Books’ Coral Gables location about her new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope. Muhammed Malik and Subhash Kateel, co-producer and host, respectively, of the Miami-based weekly radio show Let’s Talk About It, interviewed Goodman after the event to discuss The Silenced Majority, which she co-authored with Denis Moynihan, and the state of media and politics during this heated 2012 election cycle.

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Isaac Instapix Pics

By | August 27th, 2012 | No Comments

Isaac may not end up palling around with Andrew and Katrina in Hurricane Hell. But that doesn’t mean the tropical storm hasn’t left its mark. From the Instapix gallery, here are some scenes from the whirler that wasn’t.

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Remembering Andrew: WLRN’s one-hour doc on an epic storm

By | August 24th, 2012 | No Comments

To mark the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, WLRN Under the Sun aired a riveting one-hour documentary on the storm that ran through South Florida like a freight train. As an old “Ma-ahma” man says early in the piece, “You don’t understand yet. But you will.” To learn more about WLRN’s Remembering Andrew series, visit wlrnunderthesun.org/andrew.

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Hotspot Hopping in Miami via Car2Go

By | August 9th, 2012 | No Comments
Car2Go in Miami (1)

Man about Miami John Hood finds out how the Car2Go ride stacks up against a Ferrari. — all photos by Mark Diamond

The day began with a kickstart at Panther Coffee, where many a Miamian goes to meet, mingle, and plan whatever world-waking moves to make next. Earlier in the week the good folks at Tara Ink had offered me a chance to participate in one of Imagine Lifestyles’ much-ballyhooed Ultimate Driving Experiences, which involves getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari or Lamborghini and taking it out on a track at top speed. So on this particular day, the plan revolved around a road trip to Homestead Miami Speedway and how best to get there in style.

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Op-ed: “Our Wages in Miami Are Too Small To Survive On”

By | July 24th, 2012 | 4 Comments

On Tuesday in Bayfront Park activists will protest for an increase in the federal minimum wage. — photo via onemiaminow.org

On Tuesday, the community-activist group 1Miami is rallying at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami to call on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour ($7.67/hour in Florida) to an even $10/hour. The following is a joint op-ed by Wynwood resident Juana Reyes and Overtown resident Karla Silva, who work as janitors downtown and will be participating in the rally.

In the news, we see many stories about the big companies whose offices we clean in the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami.

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Fatal car crashes eclipse milestones for Miami bike community

By | July 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments

It’s a shame. A weekend that featured two celebratory “safe streets” milestones in Miami ended with startling slaughter on the city’s roads.

Miami Critical Mass by @305creative

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Amendment + Walmart would snarl Midtown traffic, say critics

By | June 18th, 2012 | 17 Comments
Walmart Loading Zone

A proposed amendment to permit above-ground service loading in Midtown may reignite the Midtown Walmart debate.

At a meeting on Wednesday, the City of Miami’s Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board (PZAB) will consider a proposed amendment to the Midtown Miami master plan that would permit service access and service loading along North Miami Avenue south of 34th Street — exactly where Walmart is planning to build its first Miami store.

Update: PZAB deferred its consideration of the amendment until Wednesday, July 18, at 6 p.m., at City Hall in Coconut Grove (3500 Pan American Drive).

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Miami blogger: Drivers don’t — and shouldn’t — stop for pedestrians

By | June 18th, 2012 | 30 Comments
'Lawlessness = Efficiency' equals stupidity

Meltzer’s “lawlessness = efficiency” equals stupidity.

In a June 11 post titled “In Miami, We Don’t Stop for Pedestrians”, Miami Beach 411 blogger Matt Meltzer made the self-evidently stupid suggestion that motorists break the law — for example, by not yielding to pedestrians — to compensate for “pedestrian-biased laws” that, he says, account for Miami’s traffic problems.

In Meltzer’s shorthand: “lawlessness = efficiency”. Here’s an excerpt:

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Is Miami’s Design District leading an urban shopping revival?

By | June 4th, 2012 | 8 Comments

The Design District is a sign that urban shopping districts are coming back, according to Richard Florida. -- photo by Flickr user wallyg

Richard Florida, author of The Rise of The Creative Class and a leading thinker on the modern city, spies in the evolution of Miami’s Design District a “tipping point back toward urban downtowns”, not just here but nationwide: “After years of neglect, decline, and abandonment, downtowns across the United States are poised to come back — and not just as redoubts for hipsters, artisanal food, indie music, and trendy boutiques, but as major shopping destinations.”

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