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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Occupy Miami Beach Towel

By | May 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments

To mark Memorial Day, artist and past Beached Miami contributor Misael Soto is laying out on a giant towel on Miami Beach “to subvert the way beach-goers claim their temporary real estate” on the national holiday, and he wants you to join him.

Misael Soto's Beach Towel

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Ping Pong at NADA Art Fair

By | December 3rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

A yearly contemporary art fair for emerging galleries located, since 2009, at the Deauville Beach Resort, NADA sits casually between Art Basel Miami Beach, with its crème de la crème exhibitors, and the relatively small Wynwood mavericks, Seven and Fountain. The mood in the Deauville’s elegant ballrooms is calm, but that doesn’t mean NADA is a lax affair. The dealers, many of them in their 20s or early 30s, are ready to deal and often wired in to their laptops (invariably Macs) with a look of utter absorption.

NADA was one of my favorite fairs last year, and, while I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around, it was certainly worth the visit. One booth in particular that struck my fancy was the Cumulus Studios space in the back of the Richelieu Ballroom, which featured a black ping pong table (materials: aluminum, rubber, paint) by Tom Burr of New Haven, Conn.

"Bouncing Balls" by Tom Burr
As you can see, the ping pong table is functional, which, at $150,000, it better be. (Also pictured: powdered-coated, stainless-steel bench by Miami artist Jim Drain.)

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