development

Hector Gabino / El Nuevo Herald Staff

It was almost a year ago when international soccer star David Beckham stood before a crowd of Miami leaders and fans to announce he chose Miami as the home to his new expansion franchise for Major League Soccer.

Beckham retired in 2013, but part of his contract with the MLS was a $25 million option to start a franchise. On the day of the announcement there was a lot of excitement. A year later, that excitement has become somewhat deflated. (Super Bowl pun intended.)

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About 100 people gathered inside the fellowship hall at the historic St. John’s Baptist Church in Miami’s Overtown community to discuss the Miami Worldcenter, a multimillion-dollar development project.

The meeting opened with a prayer and some ground rules. First, stay on topic.

And second, “Be mindful where you are. Tempers can flare, passion can run high, [but] first of all, this is the Lord’s house,” said Bishop Dean Adams.

Nadege Green / WLRN

In the city of Opa-locka, a colorful park stands where liquor bottles and trash once collected in an empty lot.

New and chic affordable housing is popping up. Bright murals decorate buildings downtown.

Three years into a citywide arts transformation, Opa-locka is challenging how outsiders perceive the north Miami-Dade enclave, once better known for its prolific drug trade and gun violence.

Much of this transformation involves collaborations with artists. Artists and their ideas infused are in affordable housing development, urban planning and landscaping.

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All Aboard Florida will be all about connections, hopeful developers of the high-speed passenger rail system told the city this week, and not just about the link from Miami to Orlando. Its Miami infrastructure, they said, would also become the glue binding downtown Miami to its special-purpose districts across today's barriers of blight and no-man's-land.

Arianna ProtheroWLRN

Miami’s West Grove residents, unhappy a trolley garage servicing Coral Gables was built in their neighborhood, may soon be able to claim a small victory. After a series of legal battles including a civil-rights investigation, Coral Gables and the garage's developer are now looking to pull out of the West Grove.

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Barring any drastic moves by the Miami city commissioners Thursday, the controversial Tequesta site unearthed downtown will have a marquee showcase from the sidewalk and numerous interpretation options for visitors.

South Florida's Condo Market Is Thriving

Aug 28, 2013
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08/28/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents examines the status of the South Florida housing market and mortgage rates.  After the meltdown of 2008, banks say they’re issuing loans to only experienced and well-capitalized developers.  The South Florida condo market is thriving, and residential properties have increased in value.  Most property sells for close to asking prices.

NASA

A recently unveiled project between NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, TIME, Internet search giant Google and the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University offers a rare glimpse of human life on Earth.

Over the last few decades, NASA and the USGS have been compiling satellite images of every part of our planet as part of the Landsat program, the world's longest running enterprise for gathering satellite imagery.

Nathaniel Sandler

Two months ago, twelve dump trucks bursting with dirt and fill from a downtown Miami construction site made their way to the Everglades Outpost, an animal rescue facility in Florida City.

Barbara Tansey, the facility’s owner and overseer is slowly sifting through the remnants looking for clues. Though volunteers occasionally come to help, at some moments the elderly Tansey is entirely on her own, tirelessly sifting in hopes of revealing any artifact.

It should be mentioned that twelve truckloads is an insane amount of dirt.

A community theater group performs at a festival Jan. 25 in Corozal.

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Four animal-loving Christians have begun a campaign to raise funds in order to construct a replica of Noah's Ark on the outskirts of Hialeah in order to "preserve helpless animals as God taught us."

A trailer for Hidden Ark (see below), as the project is called, promises almost exact dimensions of the biblical ark. Animals and all.

Daniel Rivero

Having a world-class museum set a few short feet from Biscayne Bay has both its advantages and its headaches. As the Miami Art Museum plans to make its move to future Museum Park, they know this all too well.

Movers, shakers, thinkers and doers from the seven counties of Southeast Florida are meeting today in downtown Miami to forge a 50-year trajectory for the region's economy, culture and quality of life.

The Seven50 summit is a recognition that the old Dade-Broward-Palm Beach "South Florida" has swelled out of its borders to become a seven-county mega-region with six million residents and a desperate need for shrewd and unified planning.

Sammy Mack

Fifty years ago, developers dreamed of turning a collection of isolated islands in the middle of Biscayne Bay into a resort destination. This year, the dream of Islandia quietly died.  The Miami-Dade County Commission stripped Islandia’s status as a city. In essence, they voted Islandia out of existence.

The city of Islandia is on Elliot Key. It was never populated by more than a hundred people.  Now the only people who live in Islandia are park rangers.

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Diana Abu-Jaber read her essay for Under the Sun about her family’s heritage of hosting guests during the holidays.  Here are a few recipes you might want to add to your holiday table.  One is more elaborate–perhaps for a host to serve.  The other is super simple–perhaps something a guest can contribute to a party.  These recipes are from Abu-Jaber’s memoir, The Language of Baklava (Pantheon Books).

POETIC BAKLAVA

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