Cathy Leff

 What kind of music will be played in South Beach clubs? What sort of dances will people be doing? How much will a drink cost?
Music, every possible kind of music, imaginable and unimaginable. Everyone will have computer chips implanted in their fingertips, enabling them to tune into not only the entire history of recorded music but also to spontaneously compose their own songs (salsa, rock, operas, arias, country and western, gospel, zydeco) anytime and anyplace. It will be very private, though, only heard in one1s head. We will, however, be able to cable-connect to each other to share the experience. Dancing likewise will be diverse and exotic, since everyone will be able to program into his or her bodies every known dance step, thus liberating the most inhibited and intimidated. Everyone will feel comfortable dancing in public!!! Drinks will cost nothing.... We'll all carry with us a variety of granules (exceedingly affordable, perfectly safe, and AMA approved), which, when ingested, will produce the sensation of having consumed the beverage of choice, along with the desired mood.

What will be the hippest Miami-Dade neighborhood, what will it look like, and how much will it cost to live there?
Havana will definitely be the hippest. It, along with the rest of Cuba, will by midcentury have been annexed by Miami-Dade, and its architecture as well as its 1950s urbanism and density, will have been restored. Owing to the vision and demand of a new generation of Cuban Americans, Havana's restoration was put into the hands of the School of Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andres Duany, who were responsible for ensuring that Havana was saved from the atrocities of overdevelopment, witnessed in Miami in the latter part of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. It will be fairly inexpensive to live there, though, since only people desiring a more traditional lifestyle, "the simple life," will seek homes in Havana. However, it will be "hip" since it will be the only architecturally distinguishable neighborhood. All other neighborhoods as well as their dwellers will look exactly alike. In Havana people will still have time to see and speak to each other, meeting for cafe cubano and salsa; elsewhere people will rarely come out of their self-contained, self-sufficient live-work units, though they will have the possibility of creating virtual neighborhoods and changing the surroundings every time they feel the urge.

Will your favorite South Florida restaurant of today still exist? And will the clientele change?
Other than Joe1s, the Rascal House, and Versailles, no restaurant that we know today will survive, because the idea of a restaurant will become obsolete. People will have no time or need to go out for meals; any kind of cuisine and ambiance can be created in one's own home.... Even virtual guests will be on the "new" menu!!! These three institutions, though, will become culinary museums and have great Websites for those unable to visit them in person, with food samplings available through Internet-100 (the latest version of Internet).

Imagine yourself sitting in a canoe on Shark River slough. What do you see?
I believe the Everglades will be completely restored by our generation. I have confidence that environmental protection will become a priority. So every species indigenous to the Everglades will thrive and frolic in Shark River thanks to the work of environmentalists, politicians, sugar barons, and biogeneticists who reintroduced lost flora and fauna!

When the urban Miami dweller of 2100 wants to take a walk in a park, where will he or she go?
He or she will be able to transport him/herself to any great space in the galaxy.... The question is, will people have any leisure time?

How long will it take to travel from Miami to Havana, and how will folks make the trip? Ditto from Kendall to downtown.
It will take about a half-hour to get from Miami to Havana by El Chunel, which will be the tunnel connecting the two cities. One could travel by rapid transit, a self-propelled vehicle (remember the Jetsons?) or by a fast-water craft. From Kendall one could take rapid transit or self-propelled vehicles ... or run, since biotechnology will enable the body to transport itself fast (like the Six Million Dollar Man but cheaper).

How will you spend the day on January 1, 2100?
Are you kidding???? I'm too spontaneous to plan that far in advance!

 
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