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The shutdown of Northeast 12th Street has begun. And so have the headaches for thousands of drivers.

On Monday, the street will permanently close from Biscayne Boulevard to Northeast First Avenue. That follows last Monday’s shutdown of the ramp to westbound I-395 and I-95.

For the past week, drivers have had to continue west on 12th to get on the highway. Starting next week, the new routine changes even more: Commuters and downtown visitors will have to turn right on 13th Street and left on First Avenue to get on the highway.

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Will Miami traffic ever get better? Not until it gets worse.

For now, get ready for a major highway construction project that will shut down a key artery for downtown Miami drivers.

The Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority are permanently closing Northeast 12th Street from Biscayne Boulevard to Northeast First Avenue. The shutdown on Aug. 12 is for the construction of a new “signature bridge” and other work along Interstate 395.

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While the Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate in downtown Miami, you might want to hit the road early to make it home in time to watch it on TV.

The first Democratic debates ahead of the 2020 presidential election are 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Adrienne Arsht Center. While it’s not clear which of the 20 Democratic candidates will make the biggest impression on voters, one thing is guaranteed: traffic.

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Bishop  James Adams, of Overtown’s historic St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, is no stranger to Miami redevelopment politics.

Over the last decade, while controversial mega developments have heightened fears of rapid gentrification in Miami, Adams has pushed to preserve Pan-Africanism in Overtown and has held developers accountable for promises of jobs

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Under the banner of "One House, Two Families," two major congregations in Miami have decided to take a stand against divisiveness during this Passover and Easter weekend.  

On Sunday, Unity on the Bay, a non-denominational church, will hold its Easter Sunday Service at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, just hours after the celebration of the second night of Passover. 

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A federal jury found that the Conrad Hotel in Brickell retaliated against a religious dishwasher by firing her for being unable to work on Sundays, and awarded her $21.5 million.

The Miami Herald

The first piece of one of the largest real estate projects in the U.S. is ready and open for tenants.

Sam Turken / WLRN

People experiencing homelessness in Miami now have access to a new bathroom after the city  opened on Wednesday its first permanent toilet in Downtown. 

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Real estate broker Gabriel Miranda thought it could take a while to sell unit 905.

The vacant condo is in Echo Brickell, a recently-built, sleek residential tower that overlooks Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne. The building has elevators for cars, an enormous aquarium in the main lobby and a $42 million penthouse.

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Today, the building is home to a laundry list of non-profit groups working to make Miami a better city. But within two years time, hordes of people could be spending hours here gambling.

Michal Kranz / WLRN

The bathrooms on wheels that have been making the rounds in Downtown Miami over the last nine months are here to stay. This week Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado announced the $500,000 pilot program aimed at giving the homeless access to public restrooms and making them permanent.  

Ken Russell, vice chairman of the Miami city commission and the chairman of the Downtown Development Authority,  says providing basic services for the homeless is in the best interest of the city. 

S&S Downtown Diner Lives To See Another Day

Jul 21, 2016
Amanda Rabines / WLRN

  It was a close call for the historic S&S Diner in Downtown Miami this week. 

The iconic diner was facing eviction, after it was a day late with its July rent, but a court ruling Thursday assured the restaurant will stay in business, for now. 

Simon Elbaz, the restaurant's long time owner was grinning after a busy morning in Miami Dade County Court. Today was the win he said he needed. 

"Thank God. Thank the Judge," cried Elbaz. 

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

A massive new mixed-use development in Brickell is nearing completion and promises an improved downtown pedestrian experience. Brickell City Centre, a 5.4-million-square-foot complex, includes luxury condos, office space, hotels and a shopping center.

The development is fully funded by the Hong Kong-based Swire Group, which has taken an innovative approach to access, including an already completed underground parking structure which stretches for five city blocks. 

Urban Burbs Are Sweeping South Florida

Mar 30, 2016
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A recent Sun Sentinel article looked at South Florida suburbs building downtown centers. We spoke with the executive director of the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency, Diane Colonna, about that city's plans.

 

Can you tell me what the appeal of having a downtown is?

 

Traffic + Noise Disturbance = Ultra

Mar 18, 2016
John Power / WLRN

Ultra Music Festival kicked off Friday, but not everyone is “Ultra-excited”.

Since 2001 , Ultra has been taking over downtown Miami. It's gotten bigger each year, and the city and its residents have felt its growth.

“I understand that Ultra brings a lot of money, but it does bring a lot of inconveniences,” said Nadia Sloley, who works at the  Vizcayne Condo Building, 253 NE Second St., a short distance from the festival site.

This year Miami police will be rerouting traffic throughout the weekend.

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