Miami’s Two Arenas

July 19th, 2019

 

Do you remember going to your first show at the Miami Arena? Many of us who grew up in Miami have fond memories of that pastel pink amphitheater in Downtown with its name scribbled in white cursive letters across the front of the building. We had a totally awesome time at the Miami Arena, whether we were rocking out to our first concert there, or cheering for our favorite team at our first sporting event. The Miami Arena’s small size and dated 1980s decor would eventually contribute to its demise. By the mid-1990s, plans for a bigger, more modern venue were already in the works. On December 31, 1999, the Miami Arena was replaced with the larger, more modern American Airlines Arena located just a few blocks east on Biscayne Boulevard. The Miami Arena was later demolished in 2008. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with this clip of the Miami Arena and the future site of the American Airlines Arena.

 

-Ursa Gil

 

Reopening Fort Dallas Park.

July 1st, 2019

Historic Fort Dallas park was designated a city park in 1983. Currently it is abandoned, fenced off, and in need of a major renovation. The Miami River Commission is urging City of Miami officials to reopen the city-owned park, located at 60-64 SE Fourth Street. Fort Dallas houses several major historic buildings on its property Read More...

The Evolution of Dining Halls

May 3rd, 2019

Upscale dining halls are shopping mall food court’s younger, hipper cousin, and they are popping up all over South Florida. Shopping centers such as Brickell City Centre and Aventura Mall have recently opened their own upscale dining halls. Very soon, downtown Miami will join the upscale food court trend when the former Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD) building (310 SE 1st St Read More...

Bacardi Building Receives Historic Designation

February 12th, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssuF02pAuI   On January 24, 2019, the City of Miami Commission approved a resolution supporting the nomination of the Bacardi Building Complex for historic preservation. In this edition of Learning from Miami, we celebrate the architectural history of the iconic Bacardi building Read More...

What’s Happening, Downtown Miami?

December 5th, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIrhoSfbmA0 As 2018 comes to a close, building developments continue to rise in downtown Miami. New structures are breaking ground in 2019, changing the way we live and travel, while linking us to the past. BRIGHTLINE It’s been less than a year since Brightline launched its passenger train service here in South Florida and big changes are underway Read More...

Remembering the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre

September 11th, 2018

Actor Burt Reynolds passed away on September 6, 2018 at 82 years old. He was well known for his roles in films such as “Deliverance” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” Reynolds was also a Florida native who founded one of the most famous cultural centers in South Florida, the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre Read More...

Burdines: “The Florida Store”

August 21st, 2018

  [caption id="attachment_3608" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Burdines building looking east along Flagler Street from the intersection with Miami Avenue. Photo courtesy of the State Library and Archives of Florida.[/caption] Before the era of mega malls, there were department stores.  One of the most memorable local department stores in Florida was Burdines Read More...

Sponge Diving at Tarpon Springs

June 5th, 2018

   Spring Bayou.  Photo courtesy of the State Archives of Florida. Tarpon Springs is a quaint little fishing village named after a type of fish that thrived around the waters of the city in the late 19th century. This small town is located on the Anclote River less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, is famous as the "sponge capital of the world," and is known for its delectable seafood Read More...

Olympia Theater: Miami’s Cinematic Palace

December 21st, 2017

Construction of the Olympia theater 1925-1926. Photo courtesy of the Florida Archives. Downtown Miami’s transient cityscape is constantly changing. Several of downtown’s original structures have already been demolished to make way for modern office spaces and condominiums. Fortunately, the Olympia Theater is one of the few original Miami landmarks that still remains Read More...

The Dog Days of Summer

August 22nd, 2017

The "dog days of summer" happen to be some of the hottest days in North America. Contrary to popular belief, the phrase has nothing to do with our beloved canine companions. Instead, the phrase "dog days of summer" has roots dating back thousands of years, and is actually associated with the movement of the cosmos Read More...