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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a shame. A weekend that featured two celebratory “safe streets” milestones in Miami ended with startling slaughter on the city’s roads.
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).
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:
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.”
The food truck roundup that typically accompanies Second Saturdays Art Walk in Wynwood will not happen this month, according to its organizer. Shortly after noon today, the manager of Sakaya Kitchen — whose owner, Richard Hales, organizes the roundup — sent the following message to the food truck community via email: “Unfortunately the Wynwood event is not going to happen this month on the lot; the City will not give the permission … See you hopefully next month.”