One morning in the summer of 2008, just before the Beijing Olympics were set to kick off, Juan Zapata, then a republican Florida state representative, found himself having breakfast with Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese ambassador to the United States. The breakfast delegation was talking business, and so ... More >>
Oh, the problems of Miami's mega-rich developers. When they weren't busy gentrifying neighborhoods and erecting luxury destinations, developers Craig Robins (currently transforming the Design District) and Ugo Colombo (known for building several Brickell luxury skyscrapers and owning the Collection ... More >>
Would you like some controversy with your cognac? Last night's celebrity-filled soirée at the Biltmore Hotel -- hosted by Hennessy in honor of Roberto Clemente -- took a strange twist when talk turned from the booze to a simmering baseball controversy in Hialeah. Accused earlier in the day of swin ... More >>
There are few places in America where the contrast between the rich and the poor are as stark as they are in Miami-Dade County. While the rich are popping bubbly on their yachts and going in on $400 bottle service, the poor black out their windows because they can't afford air conditioning. In fact, ... More >>
Next time someone tells you, "Eh, this recession hasn't sucked that much in Miami," whip out this interactive economic graphic report that the Brookings Institute just published. The think tank's conclusions are stunning: Of 200 global cities they analyzed, Miami's economy was harder hit by the r ... More >>
Almost one in four children in Florida lived below the poverty line in 2010, according to data from the US Census. That means 923,963 Florida kids live in poverty (defined as a family of four living on less than $22,314-a-year). That works out to 23.5 percent of all kids in the state. T ... More >>
Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones beat bribery and grand theft charges, and returned to office. Now we'll see if she proves as invincible in civil court. Two former witnesses in the criminal case, who claimed that she used forgery to divert a $25,000 grant that was supposed to go to their ... More >>
At the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement is disgust over the well-documented increase of income inequality in America over the past few decades and the slow disappearance of a robust middle class. While New York City is certainly an apt place for the center of those protests, Miami certain ... More >>
A report released this month by the USDA's Economic Research Service shows food insecurity increased significantly in Florida from 2004-2006 to 2007-2009. Food insecurity means the inability, at times, to buy enough food for household members due to lack of funds or resources. In our state, an a ... More >>
Global ambassadors. You're welcome, world.First Cubans broke Miami, then they fixed it up better than it was before, says globalization expert Saskia Sassen. Now, she says, Miami is a model for cities around the globe."Before the 1990s, Miami was sort of a dreadful little spot, frankly," Sassen t ... More >>
Between 2008 and 2009 Florida's population shrunk for the first time since World War II. The net loss of 58,000 residents was attributed to the recession and real estate woes. Now, the University of Florida says Florida's population is back on the rise, and says that may be a good sign for t ... More >>
The campus might not look this tidy come Wednesday.Four years ago, the 400 janitors who keep the University of Miami's campus clean went on a lengthy hunger strike and inspired two months of student protests in a fierce battle to earn a fair living wage. Looks like round two might be right around ... More >>
It seems so simple that Republicans have taken it as fact: tax cuts will lead to greater economic strength. Lower taxes mean people have more money to spend, businesses have more payroll to add jobs, and hence our economy should get a jolt, right? It's no surprise that Marco Rubio has now come ou ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development sent affordable housing developers in Miami-Dade County an early Christmas present. This past October 16, HUD secretary Shaun Donovan announced 18 south Florida cities will receive $69 million for community development grants, hom ... More >>
via Josie B's flickrIt's hard to illustrate these type stories, but this seems appropriately depressing. It's more of a mood pic. Well, your bank account may already know this, but a new Wachovia report says that Florida was hit the hardest by the recession. Here's your depressing factoids ... More >>
I imagine being stuck on a boat with a bunch of cruise ship people is bad enough, but recently returning to Miami I was stuck on a plane full of cruise ship people. Pure airline hell: horrendously behaved toddlers, people eating strange smelling food, and quite a few folks who maybe should have aske ... More >>
Nothing is immune to the economic crisis, not even the palm tree'd oasis in Coral Gables known as the University of Miami. After many alumnus expressed their concern, president Donna Shalala sent out a letter to all alum today addressing the impact on UM. Here's the highlights: UM has made a lot of ... More >>
And the sales are at Hip E. and Downtown Divas.
Shop till you drop at Jungle Island, of all places.
The unemployment rate in the U.S. jumped to 5.5 percent in the month of May. Economists still have not declared that we are in a recession, they only speculate that it may be so. Really? Oil prices reached record highs today, $138.54 a barrel to be exact, the unemployment rate continues to rise, a ... More >>
Someone else is throwing around the "third world" moniker in relation to Miami - and this time, it's a businessman who has extensive dealings with the city. According to Miami Today, Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Bob Dickinson said Miami's port facilities are "third world" and that construction of t ... More >>
Artists are helping to revitalize Miami, but danger looms ahead
Anarchists and baseball and parrots and jazz
Why novelist Alberto Fuguet likes free trade
The North America trade pact remains a battleground
A quick look at our amigos from Toronto to Tierra del Fuego
Overriding minimum wage guarantees at MIA
Last week's big soccer match at the Orange Bowl was about more than sports
According to these folks, there's hope for America's most impoverished city
Poor Miami is the talk of the town
The government's method of determining who's poor is so outdated that census experts say the poverty picture is much worse than we think
Are charter-school conversions the vanguard for public education or a scam for resegregating the learning experience and making a lot of money?
The county must spend most of its current $35.2 million community development grant by October 31
It was easy for the county to pass a law requiring workers to earn a living wage. It wasn't so easy making it stick.
From the issue of June 7, 2001
Ed Hanna has been the driving force in promoting the development of West Perrine. He's done well for himself. Too bad West Perrine can't say the same thing.
Sounds Like Free Trade
Miami-Dade County's proposal to privatize public marinas has mariners up in arms
Is it okay to operate a feed store in horse country? Residents say neigh!
Miami's northeast side is in trouble, and city housing boss Herbert Bailey has eagerly pitched in to help. Personally. On his own time. With his own money. An investigation is underway.