Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Posted at June 20, 2011 by Comments Off

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 ...

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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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
Category : Arts,Uncategorized
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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

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

May 20 is Endangered Species Day

May 20, 2011 is Endangered Species Day. Perhaps the most famous endangered Everglades critter is the Florida Panther. In the spirit of the day, we're re-posting a great article on the Panther by independent journalist Bob Berwyn. Last Stand for the Florida Panther? By Bob Berwyn SUMMIT COUNTY — Florida panthers are close to making their last stand in the swampy grasslands and forests of the Everglades. At least 23 panthers were ...

Posted at May 19, 2011 by Comments Off

Sun setting at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

The thick clouds draped over the horizon have made for some wonderful Galdes sunsets the past few days. It was a little cooler, dropping down a few temps as the sun dropped.  Of course early evening is the best time to see wildlife, and up in the dusk sky I spotted an Everglades Snail Kite, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, and dozens of herons and bitterns, as ...

Posted at May 19, 2011 by Comments Off