Dadeland’s New Wing: Trendy, Airy, Open

July 15th, 2013

http://youtu.be/h43oBeq4GCk The Miami Herald's Business Monday story about Dadeland Mall's new Kendall wing highlights the addition's openness, airiness and retail diversity: Where the space was previously devoted to just two stores the new 102,000 square foot wing hosts twenty-two, including five restaurants Read More...

Miami Marine Stadium Now in Friend’s Hands

July 12th, 2013

http://youtu.be/eoBLbzAqmu4 Yesterday the Miami City Commission voted to give Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium control of the entire Stadium site, parking lots included, so that the non-profit organization can work up a plan to renovate, expand and re-open the grafitti-covered MiMo landmark. Pop idol Gloria Estefan helped convince commissioners, speaking by way of a prerecorded video Read More...

Big Plans for a Monolith of MiMo

July 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/fpwjN3y2ptU Everybody in Miami -- and probably most people in South Florida -- know the office tower at 7880 Biscayne Boulevard as "the INS Building," and for good reason. Since the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service moved in in April 1983, the building has been a flash point of protest, intrigue and controversy, as the many strands of Miami's immigrant communities tense and relax Read More...

New Drama for Ocean Drive’s Most Dramatic Landmark

July 10th, 2013

Casa Casuarina wouldn't be a bad title for a telenovela; the Mediterranean Revival mansion on Ocean Drive is certainly photogenic enough to serve as the setting for a soap. And the house's history is dramatic enough to provide plotlines for one or two long-running dramas. The fortune that built the mansion dissolved into bankruptcy almost as the house's gates first swung open Read More...

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...

“Opa-locka: Mirage City” Opening Night

June 28th, 2013

[nggallery id=8] It’s up and open! “Opa-locka: Mirage City,” an exploration of one of South Florida’s most architecturally unusual places, opened on June 27. Learning From Miami was there – here’s what we saw. “Opa-locka: Mirage City” is curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College, and presented in conjunction with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections Read More...

Beach Planning Commission: Gleason Can Go

June 26th, 2013

http://youtu.be/l7PoRhZTCbU In the Miami Herald Christina Veiga reports that Miami Beach's Planning Board is OK with demolishing the historic Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater as part of the redevelopment of the city's 52-acre convention center district. Veiga's story also includes detailed accounts of the two development plans and the Planning Board's responses to them Read More...

Dadeland: Fifty-something…And Fabulous!

June 18th, 2013

OK, our headline is a tad overheated, but Curbed Miami's photo gallery of Dadeland's new wing looks plenty sleek and sexy (as shopping malls go). Michael Wayne Cole's photos include one with a glimpse of the mall's original identifying pylon, now painted a suitably tropical blue. http://youtu.be/MblMqMEXXsU If you're into "Then and Now" take a look at this clip of Dadeland's opening day in 1960 Read More...

One Herald Plaza Memory Bank

June 11th, 2013

http://youtu.be/pPCYcgzBt8c The Miami Herald Building’s end times present a good opportunity to look back on the history of the building, and the Wolfson Archives' YouTube channel has started a new playlist, "One Herald Plaza Memory Bank," featuring clips that document One Herald Plaza's past. Among them: Excerpts from a film produced about 1963 by Miami filmmaker Fred Frink Read More...