For Future Development, Opa-locka Looks to the Arts

July 8th, 2013

http://youtu.be/8L-_u-XV3Ts Long-time Miamians will spot Fernando Peinado's Miami Herald article on Opa-locka's artistic aspirations as the latest in a long line of Herald stories in which an economically troubled community seeks economic salvation through art. Years ago, when Herald scribes wrote about the exciting potential of a rundown oceanfront neighborhood called South Beach, they were, like the legendary prophet Cassandra, heard but not heeded Read More...

Listen: José Vazquez on “Opa-locka: Mirage City”

July 5th, 2013

José Vazquez, curator of "Opa-locka: Mirage City," now on view at HistoryMiami, talks about the exhibition with Marva Hinton of WLRN Radio. His interview, which touches on the development of Opa-locka and Vazquez' almost accidental discovery of the city, also includes photos and additional details Read More...

Renovation and Revitalization in Opa-Locka

June 3rd, 2013

http://youtu.be/u20CgawMBeQ Paradise Afshar reports on new momentum for historic preservation in Opa-Locka, focused on the city's centerpiece, City Hall. Afshar notes that the City Hall, designed by architect Bernhardt E. Muller, is currently unoccupied. Her story also details future possibilities for the historic structure Read More...

Video: Opa-locka City Hall

April 30th, 2013

http://youtu.be/9W438LnTKvM After a dizzying couple of decades as bicyclist, motorcyclist and aviation pioneer, Glenn Curtiss cashed out his stock in the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company and "retired" to Florida, where he started 18 corporations, served on a variety of local commissions, and donated land and water rights; of more immediate interest to LFM, Cutiss co-developed the city of Hialeah with James Bright, a cattleman from Missouri, and all but created the cities of Opa-locka and Miami Springs Read More...