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Posted at July 2, 2011 by Comments Off

Big progress on SunRail Project in Central Florida

Governor Rick Scott has approved a public transportation project. On Friday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced that the Florida governor approved a $1.28-billion rail project in Central Florida after recently rejecting federal money for a Tampa-Orlando high speed rail. So who's paying for it? The major funding partners for the project are FDOT, the Federal Transit Administration, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Osceola counties and the city of Orlando. What is it? SunRail is a commuter rail transit project that will run along a 61-mile stretch of ...

Tri-Rail Breaks All Previous Ridership Records

It seems public transportation has a future in South Florida. On National Dump the Pump Day 2011, Tri-Rail carried more passengers than on any other day in its 22-year history. National Dump the Pump Day was on June 16 and couldn't come at a better time amidst the soaring gas prices and tourist season traffic. It's no wonder South Floridians jumped at the chance, or in this case, on the train, to save a little money and have someone else drive them around. On that day only, riders were permitted to ride the Tri-Rail free of charge. A record ...

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

Q&A with Miami Photographer Selina Roman

"In a way, it asks why can’t a porta-potty be beautiful?" -- Selina Roman talking about her photograph "Waiting." Selina Roman used to consider her photography to be more of a hobby while she worked as a journalist for a daily newspaper. It wasn’t until she left the daily grind of the newsroom and moved to Miami that she started taking her photography more seriously. Six years later, Selina has completed several photo projects, and more are in the works. Some of them include “Ur in or Ur Out,” photos depicting glamorous ...

Posted at June 16, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Arts,Uncategorized
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Your Chance to Make Miami Even Better

If you've lived in Miami for any length of time, you probably have some ideas on ways to make it better. On occasion, you may have thought, "Why aren't there bike lanes here?" "How are people supposed to get around on public transportation that runs on this kind of schedule?" "Why live in downtown Miami when I can't find a job that pays me enough to cover the rent?" Here's your chance to voice these concerns. The Beacon Council is inviting Miami-Dade County residents to share their thoughts about their One Community One Goal project, which aims to ...

Posted at June 10, 2011 by Comments Off

What is culture in Miami?

If you look past the for sale signs and ignore the tourist attractions, you'll find that cultural hubs are sprouting all over Miami. There are weird, creative and even eccentric activities that are producing and cultivating amazing local talent. Though I appreciate the agencies and philanthropists that have made establishments like the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and New World Symphony’s New World Center possible, I'm not talking about these people or places. Those established venues are great, but that's not where the creative ...

Posted at June 07, 2011 by 2 Comments
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A Bike-Friendly South Miami: Let’s make it happen!

Surely South Miami bikers consider the risks before hoping on their bikes for a short ride around their neighborhood.  Aggressive drivers, congested roads and the absence of bike lanes are just a few of the things these local bikers must brave. A new online petition created by The South Florida Bike Coalition aims to help. Below is the overview: "The City of South Miami is home to more than 10,000 people and is a destination for work, play and shopping for thousands of more people across the Greater Miami area. A city that is truly bicycle-friendly is safer and ...

Posted at June 07, 2011 by Comments Off