Downtown Miami’s EPIC Hotel is Going Under the Knife

Downtown Miami’s Kimpton EPIC Hotel is getting a major renovation, which will include the lobby, hotel rooms, and pool area. The whole shebang will be ready in time for the fall and winter tourist season. Check out the press release, and remodeled guestroom photos, below:

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Incredible Vintage Postcards of Downtown Miami Back in the Day

In the first half of the twentieth century, when most postcards were incredible little drawings in vibrant colors of a building, or a city, or a boat, or a scene, or whatever, it seems like there were postcards of everything. Hotels, even small ones that nobody would ever think to make a custom postcard for today, had custom postcards. Downtown Miami, which was vividly documented, is a great example. There were postcards of apartment buildings, offices buildings, restaurants, and department stores. Looking at these postcards, as documented and preserved by Miami street photographer Phillip Pessar, one can take a polychromatic tour of Downtown’s streets.

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The Future Miami Riverwalk is Taking Forever

The Miami River meanders through the heart of Miami, dividing the twin, skyscraper-strewn districts of Downtown and Brickell before it bends northwest and heads toward Miami International Airport. Planners intend the river to someday have a riverwalk, also known as the Miami River Greenway, running along both sides, much like the one that already exists along the New River in Fort Lauderdale. An idea that has been in the works for decades, the river walk will someday add life and vitality to the downtown core.

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Freebee Shuttles Are Expanding Across South Florida With Public Subsidies. Could Uber be Next?

For the past few years, Freebee Shuttles have operated in the urban centers of Miami, where population is dense enough that advertising revenue from the shuttles can pay for their operation, like Downtown Miami and South Beach, but now Miami-Dade transit is allowing transit dollars to be used to subsidies the expansion of Freebee into cities where there isn’t a large enough population to justify trolley service, reports the Miami Herald. And Uber could be next.

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Downtown Miami’s Upcoming YotelPad Drops Updated Unit Renders

YotelPad Miami, the combination condo and hotel tower coming to Downtown Miami under the Yotel brand, has released updated interior renderings of its 231 residential units. (The building will also have 222 traditional hotel rooms) The close-to-micro-unit condos are characterized by their compact and efficient square footages (somehow they squeeze two bedroom units into 700 square feet, for example) and for having zero rental restrictions. Short term, long term, you name it.

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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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