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?
The year 2100 will probably catch the fourth South Beach renaissance (the first being Art Deco, the second now, the third and fourth still to come). Maybe on the fourth try club owners will get it right. There will be live music, live music, live, live music. Music from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, the Pacific, and alas, the local flavor. Since Miami is and will continue to be a crossroads, everyone will dance funny, each limb going in different directions as sweat streams down our faces.
What will be the hippest Miami-Dade neighborhood, what will it look like, and how much will it cost to live there?
It will be wherever you live. Esa es la clave to make your home and your neighborhood your kingdom. I live in Shenandoah and hopefully there will be enough continuity in my life so my great-grandchildren will claim this as their ancestral home.
Will your favorite South Florida restaurant of today still exist? And will the clientele change?
I like the idea that my favorite restaurant hasn't been invented. But I hope the mom-and-pop holes-in-the-walls still exist. I hope restaurant chains do not overwhelm us.
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Imagine yourself sitting in a canoe on Shark River slough. What do you see?
I see exactly what people saw at the turn of the Twentieth Century: a virtually virgin landscape with the flora and fauna battling it out for themselves. The occasional alligator checks out the scene and then sinks with powerful grace.
When the urban Miami dweller of 2100 wants to take a walk in a park, where will he or she go?
It's hard to imagine Miami growing and the number or size of parks increasing. There have to be parks by the water, by Biscayne Bay, by a cleaned-up Miami River. In every neighborhood, within walking distance, there has to be a park with sand and swinging vines from ficus and slopes to give the illusion that Miami isn't flat. I really hope the parks along the Miami River are preserved and developed into attractions complete with smooth, colorful stones lining the river.
How long will it take to travel from Miami to Havana, and how will folks make the trip? Ditto from Kendall to downtown.
By car from Little Havana, five and a half hours. Ferry from Key West, one and a half hours. Airplane from MIA, still forty minutes. Bicycle from Kendall, one full day; to El Vedado add one hour; to Regla add two hours.
How will you spend the day on January 1, 2100?
To paraphrase Gregory Corso, a favorite poet of mine, I will never know my death. People say I'm going to die, but on January 1, 2100, being 132 years old, I will still be up from the night before, listening to a jam session at my home with my friends, almost all younger; there will be some contemporaries to remind me of who I am and where I come from. I will be laughing and remembering when a local newspaper asked me what was I going to be doing on January 1, 2100.