Will Downtown Miami’s Bay Walk Ever be Completed?

Miami’s bay walk, extending along the edge of Biscayne Bay from Edgewater to Brickell, through the heart of the city has been in the planning stages for decades. Yet, with plenty of false starts, this great civic amenity designed to ensure public access to the waterfront is still nowhere near completion. At times, the city’s dream of a completely interconnected bay walk connecting and opening Miami’s urban core to the waterfront appears tantalizingly close to completion and, at others, completely dead in its tracks.

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The History of Brickell: Miami’s Manhattan

Bordered by the Miami River to the north, Biscayne Bay to east, the Rickenbacker Causeway to the South, and I-95 to the west, Brickell is one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. Constantly evolving, Brickell has changed radically over the years, including an incredible development boom in the last twenty years. Brickell is a hub of the Latin American financial industry, and home to many of Miami’s foreign consulates, as well as thousands of condo-dwelling urbanites. Beginning as a neighborhood of luxurious mansions over a hundred years ago, Brickell has become the densest neighborhood south of Manhattan.

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Coral Gables Glass House is a Le Corbusier Dream for $1.78 Million

Listed just over a month ago for $1.78 million, this modernist house in Coral Gables embodies the ‘machine for living,’ minimalist, glass-on-white ethos of high modernism, with a Le Corbusian / Bauhausian aesthetic. Built in 1979, and designed by a “European architect” per the listing, it looks like something that could have just as easily been plucked out of late 1920s Germany.

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The Miami of India: Art Deco in Mumbai

Did you know that Mumbai has the second largest number of surviving art deco buildings in the world after Miami? Nicknamed ‘Bombay Deco,’ Mumbai’s distinctive art deco architecture is a blend of art deco with traditional Indian motifs, creating a distinctive local style. An ensemble of Bombay Deco buildings was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on June 30th, 2018.

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The Big Problem of Dirty Money in Miami Real Estate

Since the high flying ‘cocaine cowboys’ era, when it is said Miami’s real estate boom of the ‘70s and ‘80s was funded by cocaine smugglers looking to launder a lot of cash, South Florida has been an attractive place to hide dirty money in real estate. Miami is like any other major global city though, where there is always a bad contingent. Like other highly desirable global cities, such as New York and L.A., and perhaps a little more than those others, dirty money continues to be a big problem in Miami real estate.

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Miami Worldcenter Construction Update: Downtown Will Never be the Same

Construction is proceeding rapidly at Miami Worldcenter, the $2.7 billion mixed-use megaproject that will finally fill the blighted gap between downtown Miami and the Omni area directly to the north. Spearheaded and master planned by developers Nitin Motwani and Art Falcone, various elements of Miami Worldcenter are being built either by them or other developers, and the first part of the massive development will be completed before the end of the year.

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Amidst Allegations of MLS Manipulation, The Jills List Two Huge Units at Regalia

The Jills, a star broker duo, is facing serious allegations of manipulating the MLS to inflate their performance, an act which adversely affects everything from home appraisal amounts, mortgages, and market-wide data. It can have far-reaching effects for the entire industry. They’ve blamed an employee, saying they were unaware of it happening, but were removed from the elite Master Brokers Forum anyway.

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Locust Projects Hosts Annual Smash & Grab Fundraiser

One part fine art raffle, one part kickin’ party, Locust Projects celebrates the 20th Anniversary edition of their annualSmash & Grab fundraiser. South Florida art collectors will convene at Locust Projects’ Design District gallery spaceto take part in the action on October 13 where participants buzz with anticipation as their names are called, inspiring an electrifying run for artwork from some of the top artists working today. This event, one of LocustProjects’ largest fundraisers, will fuel the organization’s innovative exhibitions and programs for this monumental, 20th Anniversary season.

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Historic Pinetree Drive Circle Estate Wants Twenty Times What it Sold for Twenty Years Ago

The huge house at 6385 Pinetree Drive Circle in Miami Beach, an historic Mediterranean Revival des res, last sold for $19 million in 2016 when Miami’s luxury market was hot hot hot. Since then, things have cooled a bit. Earlier this year, the lavish palazzo was put back on the market for $22.5 million, and hasn’t budged for 210 days. That’s 8 months. Two thirds of a year. You get the picture.

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Miami Urban Design Firm Creates a Portable Parklet for Park(ing) Day 2018

Park(ing) Day, the annual event when urban activists around the world turn parking spaces into public parklets, is almost upon us. This year, Park(ing) Day is on September 21. In previous years, Park(ing) Day has been pretty successful in South Florida, but last year, Park(ing) Day happened to land immediately in the wake of Hurricane Irma. So, it will be interesting to see how many urban parklets are created this year.

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