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Posted at July 13, 2011 by Comments Off

How to turn your vessel into a solar powered boat

Okay, I'm no sailor but we do live in Florida and we have a lot of boats. Inspired by my previous post, Oh no! We missed the World's largest solar powered yacht, I've decided to figure out how we turn all of our floating friends into an ode to solar power and the environment. Greening South Florida's marianas starts with powering our boats in an eco-friendly way. Why not solar? It's benefits include: Fuel savings (gas is getting too expensive!) No more noise (its annoying) Reduced carbon emissions (yay!) Reduced risk of engine failure (i.e. permanently powered hand-helds, no more fears of being stranded at sea) Steps: Figure out how many solar ...

Hold the line: Fight to preserve our city’s wetlands

Developers are once again lobbying to move the Urban Development Boundary (UBD) in Miami-Dade to accommodate a 961 acre development of about 7,000 cookie cutter homes, Parkaland, 2.5 miles from Everglades National Park. They argue the region is out of build-able land and must make room for future expansion. A fabulous idea. Like a fat kid asking his mother for a bigger pair of pants because he does not have the discipline or goodwill to go on a diet. Unfortunately, the Quirky Flamingo has no sympathy for gluttons. Daily Business Review: In addition to thousands of homes, the proposed community would include 200,000 square feet of retail space, ...

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

Steal With Pride (Part 3): Community Gardens

New York Restoration Project (NYRP): Community gardening has a long history in New York City – dating back to the economic depressions of the 1890s and 1930s when many citizens were permitted to grow food on city-owned land to help sustain their struggling families. Two World Wars brought about Liberty and Victory Gardens not only in New York City, but in municipalities throughout the United States. During World War II, American families grew 80 million pounds of food in their Victory Gardens – representing an astounding 44 percent of the country’s entire food ...

Posted at June 17, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Urbanism
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Wynwood Art Walk, a step toward local identity

I spent Saturday night with my loyal and adventurous buddy----Mette----a Danish expatriate, co-worker and resident of Miami Beach. We took  our two-person traveling entourage of polished toe nails and alternative taste to the streets of Wynwood, where we trekked through some of the city's avant-garde art shows and came across some very interesting personalities. Most importantly, we were both beaming with enthusiasm. Our beloved Miami----a place that for Mette, is far from home but worthy of admiration every time you drive across the Julia Tuttle Causeway--is finally showing signs of a burgeoning local identity. It is urbane, youthful, diverse and pleasurably gritty.

Posted at June 13, 2011 by Comments Off

Steal with Pride (Part 2): Bicycle Infrastructure

"The bicycle is a curious vehicle.  Its passenger is its engine.” -John Howard   In more ways than one. A city with good biking infrastructure is the product of a proactive community of progressive urban planners and residents, dedicated to striking a balance between cyclists, pedestrians and cars. In 1894 New York City created the country's first bike path. Today, it is at the forefront of a pro-cycling movement that also includes cities like Minneapolis, MN, in the Midwest and Portland, OR, on the west coast. New York City's unique biking infrastructure addresses many of the city's ...

Posted at June 12, 2011 by Comments Off

Oh no! We missed the world’s largest solar powered yacht

A quirky bit of irrelevant news... The world’s largest solar powered yacht, the “Turanor,” made a pit stop in Miami and we missed it. It was docked at the Miami Beach Marina for four days last November. CNN: Turanor" -- so-named after a word that means "power of the sun" in J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- has so far stopped at Miami, the Galapagos Islands and Cancun, in Mexico -- the latter during the United Nations World Climate Conference. According to news coverage the boat looks like “a space ship and is covered with ...

Posted at June 09, 2011 by Comments Off

Steal with Pride (Part1): Indie Book Stores

An independent book store is the ultimate curated experience—an experiment in relevance and an ode to individuality. Their success is dependent on stock selection, service and ambiance. And like a gourmet food market to a foodie, they provide an epicurean literary refuge to a reader. New York City's interesting network of great independent bookstores was like a trip down the rabbit hole. A January 2007 article in the New York Times Travel section titled "Independent Bookstores: Cozy, Friendly, Full of Surprises," describes it well. It reads: New York has always been known as a city capable of sating ...

Posted at June 08, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Business,Uncategorized
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Steal with Pride: Notes from a weekend in New York City

(At random outdoor New York City café) Patty: Do you smell that? Mette: Hmmm…yes. Patty: It smells putrid. Mette: I think New York City smells like old cheese. Patty: And yet, people love it.   I love it. I love the dirty, crowded streets and over paying for food at Dean & Deluca. I love wandering aimlessly past inner city gardens and interracial couples. I love being suckered into attending sub-par comedy shows and wasting into the night talking to strangers. I love the mom n' pop shops, the crude bartenders ...

Posted at June 06, 2011 by Comments Off

Food Truck Urbanism

  Improving the livability of South Florida starts on the street. Street food gets people out on the street. Despite complaints, food trucks have great potential in South Florida cities. If not for what they are—gourmet food at bargain prices—for what they could be. Food trucks are a way to: Support small, locally-owned businesses and start-ups Empower our ethnically diverse communities to showcase their culinary offerings Provide bargain lunches for office workers, students and budget ...

Posted at May 25, 2011 by Comments Off

Upping the ante for Food Trucks in South Florida

South Florida's food-truck frenzy is a testament to the area's entrepreneurial spirit. As far back as 2009, many in South Florida began to catch-on to a national trend and an intelligent business proposition—food trucks were an answer for burgeoning restaurateurs who did not have the start-up capital to risk on a brick-and-mortar business. They took advantage of the ambiguity surrounding regulatory structure and offered affordable eating options, in the midst of a recessionary economic environment. Urban planners embraced food truck’s ability inject new energy into land-use politics and revive blighted communities. While foodies reveled in the options—a budding network ...

Posted at May 23, 2011 by Comments Off