Manny Diaz's legacy seemed set in stone on October 22, 2009. That's when city commissioners voted 4-1 to approve Miami 21: the new-urbanism-inspired, pedestrian-friendly zoning code that then-mayor Diaz had spent eight years championing. Miami 21 put the city on track to rival great metropolises li ... More >>
Well, it's official. Walmart now owns a big chunk of Midtown Miami as its plans to build a giant super-center in the bustling neighborhood trudge on. According to exMiami, Walmart closed the deal in January for an $8.2 million price tag, though there are some conditions attached. See also: Walmart ... More >>
Attacking a man recovering from knee surgery in an electric wheelchair is never a good look, but we at least empathize with what sent 77-year-old William Golladay over the edge. He was just sticking up for basic manners and civil decency when the man in a wheelchair tried to sneak more than the allo ... More >>
Get ready, Miami: Your friends, neighbors, and kinfolk are now fair fodder for the blog "People of Walmart." Last night, city commissioners approved a 203,000-square-foot, three-story superstore in midtown. For two years, proponents have argued the project would bring jobs and money to the Magic Cit ... More >>
Tonight, city council members will decide the fate of one of Miami's most divisive issues: Walmart's bid to build a big-box store in Midtown. The mega retailer's plan to invade Miami has pissed off opponents, inspired passionate protests, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars -- perhaps million ... More >>
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is back in the Miami area this weekend. The legendary hot dog-shaped cars travel the country on a mission to share the joys of eating meat tubes. The Wienermobile is driven by Hotdoggers, a dozen recent college grads who drive the fleet of six hot dog-shaped vehicles in ... More >>
Walmart's plans to build a superstore in the heart of Midtown Miami are now just one vote away from becoming a reality. The retail giant won an appeal with the city's zoning board last night, overcoming hours of pleas from residents, who say the store would turn one of Miami's up-and-coming urban ne ... More >>
Tonight, critics will once again outline their opposition to Walmart's midtown Miami plans. And while the Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board meeting won't be the last time the issue arises, it will likely be opponents' best shot to derail the big-box store's development project. It was the same bo ... More >>
With a special permit in hand, it seems that Walmart is well on its way to finally plopping down a superstore right in the middle of Midtown. But now a group of anti-Walmart activists have filed an appeal claiming that the city of Miami should have never approved the permit in the first place. See ... More >>
There goes the neighborhood. The City of Miami has approved Walmart's controversial plans for a 156,000-square-foot store in Midtown. After nearly two years of heated debate, planning director Francisco Garcia officially approved the mega chain store's architectural plans yesterday. Walmart must st ... More >>
There's the kind of extreme couponing you see on that TLC show, and then there's the kind of extreme couponing that happens in Florida Walmarts. The main difference apparently being that the latter involves handguns.Mary Frances Alday, a 61-year-old, was arrested after she pulled out a handgun at a ... More >>
From the moment Walmart announced plans to build a 16,000-square-foot store in the heart of midtown, activists have clashed with the retail giant over whether the store could fit into the booming neighborhood's aesthetic. Last night, the city's Urban Development Review Board chimed in with a resound ... More >>
Walmart is still marching on with its plans to build a store in the heart of Midtown Miami, but has retreated a little bit to redesign the space. In an unusual move for the retail giant, the store's new plans would include about 16,000 square feet of non-Walmart retail on the street level to be leas ... More >>
He's known as Mr. 305, Mr. Worldwide, and Dat Lil Chico ... But a diva, he is not. However, Pitbull is teaming up with VH1 Divas to help raise money for the network's Save the Music Foundation, as well as pay tribute to two of music's biggest deceased divas, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. The ... More >>
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, that famous tube-meat shaped vehicle, is coming to Miami this week and the Hotdoggers who drive the beast want to "meat" you.Hotdoggers, by the way, are the friendly, happy, lunchmeat-obsessed crew who drive the wienermobile all across this fair land. With names like An ... More >>
Billy is really tired. After a full day of work and the gym, he just wants to go home, eat and lay down. But Marcia called earlier and asked him to stop and grab some diapers and milk? Well, Billy-boy, we got your answer.There are several factors that make a supermarket good or bad. Consumer Re ... More >>
Plans to erect a giant Walmart smack dab in the middle of the Wynwood/Midtown area have garnered headlines, but that's just the tip of the iceberg for Walmart's plans for Miami-Dade. The controversial big-box chain is looking to add six more stores in Miami-Dade in the next two years.
There's a lot of sensory overload in Miami, so it takes something bold to get people to turn their heads. Mercy for Animals devised something that might make people stop and check out its display.A ten-foot-tall bloody pig in a cage outside Walmart.
See also "Internet Trolls Try to Exile Pitbull to a Walmart on 'the Frozen Alaskan Island of Kodiak'" and "#KeepPitbull305 Fails to Save Mr. Worldwide." Flying from Cleveland to Alaska and then back down to the lower 48 for a show in Atlanta, Pitbull has proven that he's tremendo world traveler. ... More >>
The City of Miami's Planning and Zoning Board delivered a setback to controversial plans to bring a Walmart to midtown last night by voting 9-0 against an exception to zoning ordinances, according to CBS Miami. The decision was made amid a heated meeting that packed city hall with several local ... More >>
See also "Internet Trolls Try to Exile Pitbull to a Walmart on 'the Frozen Alaskan Island of Kodiak'" and "#KeepPitbull305 Fails to Save Mr. Worldwide." By month's end, Pitbull will likely become the first Cuban-American to ever willingly hop on a Kodiak, Alaska-bound flight for the sole purpose ... More >>
Technically, last night's public meeting in Midtown's Roberto Clemente Park was a minor affair. The issue at hand: whether to rezone several blocks to allow -- among other things -- loading bays on North Miami Avenue.In reality, however, the two-hour event was a wrestling match over the future and p ... More >>
See also "Internet Trolls Try to Exile Pitbull to a Walmart on 'the Frozen Alaskan Island of Kodiak.'" Thirteen days ago, the trolls at SomethingAwful.com attempted to hijack an online Walmart and Energy Sheets® promo campaign "offer[ing] customers the chance to win a visit by Mr. Worldwide." The ... More >>
We know he's straight off la esquina. So Dat Lil' Chico could crash on Crossfade's couch any day of the motherfucking week. But apparently, the rest of the country doesn't exactly feel that way. Because right now, there is a viral Internet campaign being waged to #ExilePitbull to a Walmart on "the ... More >>
Flickr CCJeff McInnis grew up among a family of farmers. As the chef and partner at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, he strongly advocates a farm-to-table ethic."People should know where the food they are eating is coming from," he says. "It's the responsibility of all chefs to know as well, and t ... More >>
There may be plans in the works, but Midtown Miami is still far from the reality of actually having a Walmart built. Walmart's zoning change request has been put on hold by the city planning and zoning department just a day after another major developer in the Midtown area came out against the pr ... More >>
Since Riptide broke the news in October that an Ohio-based developer wants to build a massive new Walmart in booming Midtown Miami, the firm has kept quiet about the plans. That doesn't mean they've backed down after residents angrily flooded our story and others with anti-Sam Walton comments. Th ... More >>
There's less than one month of shopping days to go. The malls are horrible this time of year -- you'll wait an hour to find a parking spot two miles away only to push your way through crowds in order to buy some lousy gift like an acrylic sweater or a Justin Bieber electric toothbrush (sadly, we' ... More >>
For many Americans, this Thursday will be a day of thankful reflection over a meal the size of which a third-world family has never seen. But according to the National Retail Federation, about 152 million of those folks (that's about half the population) can be expected to line the cold shopping ... More >>
via IMDB.comEvil empire or jobs creator? Depends whom you ask.There's nothing quite like the impending invasion of Arkansas's finest low-rent retailer to inspire fiery emotions in an up-and-coming neighborhood. (How many other chains have sparked angry documentaries and legions of dissenting grou ... More >>
photo by Sven via Wikimedia CommonsJust what midtown needs?If an Ohio-based developer has its way, newly flourishing midtown Miami's newest tenant will be a 160,000-square-foot Walmart. The behemoth discount center would cover the five-acre spot just south of Petsmart on North Miami Avenue and wo ... More >>
They don't let you wear shades in prison anyway.It was trying to buy some Gucci shades that did him in.Thirty-year-old Ricardo Fleurant was arrested at the Coastland Center Mall in Naples late last week after running out of a Sunglass Hut with what a clerk suspected was a stolen debit card, accor ... More >>
Coach Erik Spolestra: "Will lose championships for food."With the player lockout putting the 2011-2012 NBA season into question, it's only a matter of time before the league's poor, mistreated multi-millionaires are forced to pick up second jobs for rent money, car payments and general "make it r ... More >>
Flickr/Terry Lee Stout Looks like Gary Busey found a second career.Wal-Mart, with the approval of First Lady Michelle Obama, recently announced it would introduce healthier foods. Store brands will eliminate trans fats and reduce sugar, artificial colors and sodium. This is a positive ste ... More >>
Turns out the Epic Hotel has not been completely cleared as the cause of Legionnaires' disease. [Herald]However, the disease might also be linked to the Liberty of the Seas cruise ship. [SFBJ]The Supreme Court of Florida has decided it's no longer legal to put shackles on kids in court. [JustNews]An ... More >>
"Never have I seen a law that motivates people to break the law more than this one."
Talk about your long weekends. Most of us, although not us at New Times, had a four-day weekend thanks to the Thankgiving holidays. That gave plenty of you time to celebrate Black Friday by crushing your fellow man to death as you and thousands of others rush into your local Wal-Mart to get that ext ... More >>
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