Isaiah Thompson

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Sex Offenders Say There's No More Room Under The Bridge

    Yesterday, Riptide visited Juan Martin, a registered sex offender who lives under the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The compact, bushy-haired thirty year-old lives in state-mandated colony of offenders under the bridge - a story New Times broke in March 2007. Now, he says, Miami Police are threatening to c ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of September 25,2008

    "He entered a new country and effectively told the immigration services: 'I don't care about your laws, catch me if you can.'"

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    September 4, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of September 4, 2008

    "Maybe these crazed South Americans are simply twisted backward from childhoods of dodging bullets and finding cocaine mixed into the sugar bowl."

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    August 28, 2008
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    August 25, 2008
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    July 3, 2008

    Monsters of Miami: Current's Take On Miami's Homeless Sex Offenders

    Al Gore-owned Current TV produced a video on the sex offenders who were told to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway because there was no place in Miami-Dade County that they could legally live at without breaking the law. Former staff writer Isaiah Thompson, who did a series of stories on the homel ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of May 29, 2008

    "You hypocritical justice-mongers are nothing more than chicken-shit cowards, spewing political rhetoric as if it's the cure instead of the band-aid it really is."

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    May 5, 2008

    Miami Beach Throws Wrench (and not a spoke wrench) in Bike Plans

    As reported in the Herald (which is so stingy with its online news that the link will be dead by tomorrow - what's up with that?), a majority of Miami Beach City Commissioners voted in the city's neighborhoods committee not to recommend a plan that would put bike lanes on Alton Road and instead endo ... More >>

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    April 10, 2008

    News Story New Story?

    Breaking news from the Herald: Sex offenders are living under the Julia Tuttle Causeway! Okay, so it's not breaking. . . and maybe it isn't "news," technically, but, well, it's on the front page -- that ought to count for something, right? Indeed, we couldn't help but notice the story on the cover ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of March 27, 2008

    "To think otherwise would imply he is a panderer and a racist."

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    March 13, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of March 13, 2008

    "Miami-Dade County government is badly in need of a federal enema."

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    February 14, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of February 14, 2008

    "I do not think we cyclists have a chance."

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    February 7, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of February 7, 2008

    "Cycling feels more like cautious creeping to avoid being killed by speeding cars and clueless pedestrians."

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    February 6, 2008

    Bill O'Reilly: Vets Don't Live Under Bridges. Right?

    During a recent interview with radio host Ed Schultz, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly ridiculed John Edwards for asserting that nearly two hundred thousand vets are homeless. “If you know where there’s a veteran sleeping under a bridge,” O’Reilly proclaimed, “you call me immediately.” We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    On Bike Efficiency -- And Pricks

    The Bike Blog is pleased to see the many comments on our recent bike feature. What with the back and forth, we did want to clarify one point of fact. After being called “a prick,” for remarking that bicyclists should “just get out of the way of those of us who have things to do,” the comme ... More >>

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    January 25, 2008

    Bike Blog: Shark Valley Ride Tonight, And What's Up With Green Bike Lanes?

    Rides: Sorry for the late notice on this one, but: Tonight, the Emerge Miami’s Critical Mass will be riding bikes at Shark Valley in the Everglades. Meet at Coconut Grove Metrorail stop at 6:00, or at Shark Valley at 7:00. If you’d like to stay closer to home, the other Critical Mass (the pun ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008

    Miss Flamingo? Speak up Now!

    In the summer of 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Wilma laid waste to Flamingo, the only significant commercial hub of Everglades National Park. Recently, the park released a draft of its commercial services plan – the plan for rebuilding Flamingo – and the National Parks Conservation Association (N ... More >>

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    January 22, 2008

    Old Lady vs. Car

    Okay, so there’s no cycling in this video. But in the spirit of bicycle/pedestrian brother/sisterhood, the Bike Blog presents this amazing video, courtesy of another bike blog, Bike Lane Diary. Enjoy, -- Isaiah Thompson

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    January 16, 2008

    Tonight: Beer for Bicycles!

    Friends, the day of deliverance is come. Just last week, someone posted a comment on the Bike Blog suggesting that downtown club PS14 had a weekly drink special for bicyclists. - By the way, what's up with there not being a good word for people who ride bicycles? ‘Cyclists?’ Woof. Maybe we sho ... More >>

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    December 31, 2007
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    December 27, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of December 27, 2007

    "These offenders have surely broken the spirits of their victims."

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    December 22, 2007

    Last Minute Stocking Stuffer: Lizano Hot Sauce

    Last Minute Gifts: Lizano Hot Sauce The year was 1992 – or something like that; the place was Costa Rica. The food was Gallo Pinto – the uniquely Central American name for rice and beans – and it was good, until I put some Lizano, Costa Rica's ubiquitous hot sauce, on top. Then, it was estupe ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of December 20, 2007

    "Not even Arnold is this bad."

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    November 26, 2007

    Bravo! Bravo!

    Code Bravo – Code Bravo! This morning, I had just woken from fitful airplane slumber (in which I slowly poured coffee all over my pant leg), and was hurrying through the Orlando terminal to catch an 11:30 connecting flight to Miami to make a meeting – that sort of thing – when suddenly over t ... More >>

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    November 16, 2007

    Homage to the Crappiest Corkscrew Ever Made

    It was a dark and stormy night -- it was dark, anyway - and, feeling the strain of a long week weighing heavily upon me, I thought I'd savor a bit of the neighborhood vintage ('Septima,' Normandy Supermarket, $3.99, and it's good) before nodding off. Upon returning home with the bottle, however, I ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of November 8, 2007

    "Kaufman knows there are racists on both sides of the street"

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    November 1, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of November 1, 2007

    "Calling an illegal alien an undocumented worker is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist"

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    October 25, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of October 25, 2007

    "I am not a whore at any price"

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    September 26, 2007

    Bike Blog Pic of the Week: The Little Fish

    This week's Pic of the Week is of Miamian Gary Rhaney and his bicycle, which he put together himself using a kiddy wheel in front and a regular sized, but tireless, rim in the back. He calls the contraption "my security system - you got a tire, they'll steal your wheel; you ride on the rim, won't no ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007

    Green Mobility is Finding Its Way

    Tuesday night, the fledgling Green Mobility Network met for its second meeting ever at the Dice House in Kendall. The group was started over the summer by John Hopkins, a South Miami resident and bicycling advocate who writes the blog Spokes N’ Folks. About 20 people showed up for the meeting, wh ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of September 6, 2007

    "Fidel has a disease, which is eating his body the same way it ate his mind"

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    August 16, 2007

    FU, SUV!

    Just last week, the Bike Blog wrote about summer bike mayhem – yesterday, we got an email from Tricia Vanderkooy, who got hit by an SUV on her way home from last Saturday’s Critical Mass bike ride. It wasn’t just a freak accident, either. Here’s one pretty detail: before hitting her, she s ... More >>

  • News

    August 16, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of August 16, 2007

    "He was a hero, and I was let down when he was arrested"

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    August 2, 2007

    Too Hot to Care

    In the summer, perspiration has a way of eating away at the body all day

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    July 31, 2007

    Shelter from the Warm

    Last week, Riptide reported the unveiling of two new bus "shelters" (think benches with roofs) outside the Miami U.S. Veterans Medical Center at 12th Avenue and 16th Street. Mayor Diaz himself cut the ribbon, with three city commissioners, one city manager, and a small flock of corporate flacks from ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of June 26, 2007

    "One fellow is celibate, others are in gay relationships, and the rest are back to dating"

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    June 7, 2007

    The World Naked Bike Ride Cometh

    A month or two ago, the Bike Blog mentioned that the time of the World Naked Bike Ride – a worldwide event in which cyclists take to the streets in the buff -- was neigh. After endorsing it wholeheartedly, we promptly forgot all about it and therefore didn’t have to contemplate doing the deed. W ... More >>

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    June 5, 2007
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    June 4, 2007

    Cruisers and Cruisers

    Now that's a cruiser You got your cruisers, and then you got your cruisers, you know? Let’s talk police cruisers first. After last week’s Take Back the Road Ride (a.k.a. Critical Mass – this is getting confusing) was crashed by City of Miami Police, the Bike Blog called around to try and ... More >>

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    May 11, 2007

    Rickenbacker Bike Crashes Continue

    Earlier this week, the Bike Blog spoke with several people who saw a phenomenal number of bicycle accidents on the Rickenbacker Causeway last weekend, as a result of repaving by the Miami-Dade Department of Public Works that left the bike lane uneven with the road. The Bike Blog took action: we call ... More >>

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    May 9, 2007

    A Crash Course on Building Bike Lanes

    After a few months of ragging on Miami for its pathetic/nonexistent bike lanes, mean drivers, sluggish progress, and general muddle-headedness when it comes to making the city bike-friendly, the Bike Blog resolved to spend a week posting nothing but good news. But not this week. This morning, I rec ... More >>

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    April 20, 2007

    More Kindness From Strangers? Go Figure

    A quick update from the Bike Blog for anyone needing a little reaffirmation of human kindness in Miami: Last week, I wrote about a couple of times when I'd gotten a flat while biking through Overtown – in both cases, friendly passers-by had immediately offered their help. This morning, as I was ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007

    The Bike Blog Says: Don’t Take No Smack

    Hazards of the road the Bike Blog has known. Vicious country dogs, dudes hurling beer cans out of pickups, girls (of every race, color, and class, interestingly) hissing at me to get the fuck on the sidewalk; invisible pot-holes, shoulderless bridges, noxious bus fumes, wrong turns into drug deals-i ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of April 19, 2007

    "Too often a bilious blend of vitriol, sarcasm, and hatred is served up."

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    March 23, 2007

    Cops Profile Cyclists, Without Apology

    On Saturday, the Herald reported this shocking bit of bike news: a man found dead in the back of a pickup truck in Little Haiti last Thursday was believed to have been shot by two men riding bicycles. So far, no arrests have been made. It turns out this isn't the first instance of bicycle-relate ... More >>

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    March 22, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of March 22, 2007

    "It seems that the green tide in our paradise is here to stay, and we feel very sad about that."

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    March 16, 2007

    Miami Beach Says No to Pedicabs

    Wednesday was an ominous day for three-wheeled taxis. As New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg hesitated over signing a bill which would regulate the Big Apple's three- to four-hundred strong pedicab industry, the Miami Beach City Commission discussed a possible ordinance which would have establishe ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    Axing the Property Tax

    Potamkins homestead has a market value of $21 million.... Raul Masvidal owes $33,639 in taxes for his four-bedroom residence.

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    March 1, 2007

    Riptide's Five Rules of Urban Bike Survival

    Carrrrrreful This Sunday, the county Parks and Rec Department and the Florida Bicycle Assoctation will host a "Road 1 Bike-Ed Class" at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center in Crandon Park. Class curriculum includes fixing flats, choosing a bike, and riding safety. The flyer boasts t ... More >>

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    February 1, 2007

    Real Men of Sports

    They surf, skate, swat, and sprint

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