Paraphrased by the Washington Post, architect Terence Riley puts Miami's parking garages at the literal forefront of local urbanism: "In a city where everyone drives, the parking garage is the foyer." After all, Riley's firm, K/R Architects, curated the design of one of the city's most flamboyant...
After her grandparents passed away, Kelly Wise Valdes found a treasure trove of candid pictures taken by her grandfather, Chester "Chet" Wise, a master craftsman and woodworker who worked on the construction of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. [...]
Thousands of construction workers were there during the Magic Kingdom construction. Disney kept a small handful of these master craftsmen and made them full-time Disney employees, and my grandfather was one of the chosen few. — CNN
Martz’s proposal would make the suburb of Altamonte an unlikely test bed for one future of public transit. It would also raise questions about whether such a future can serve everyone equally, and force Martz to navigate between the transparency of public office and the demands of a multibillion dollar company with a penchant for secrecy. [...]
for some transit advocates, the embrace of Uber and its competitors risks undermining civic ideals of accessibility and transparency. — theverge.com
More on the contentious ride-sharing giant:Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this monthNew study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalitiesWithout Uber or Lyft, Austin turns to Facebook for ridesA look at the history and future...
Germane Barnes wants Opa-Locka to be known for something else...He knows [change] can happen because he lives there, and has seen the work of a group of artists and organizers slowly change the landscape...The city's history intrigued him, not merely because it seemed like a perfect case study for his thesis about revitalizing a community without gentrification, but because it also spoke to his own experiences. — Curbed
Neighbors haven't quite wrapped their heads around what's going on at 402 Ashland Ave., where aluminum foil covers every inch of a house on three sides and dangles like silver earrings from trees...They've asked resident [and artist] Piotr Janowski...He explains that it's an outdoor art project, inspired by Florida's beauty. Code enforcement is still trying to determine if the project is violating any ordinances... — Tampa Bay Times
Janowski tells the Tamba Bay Times: "This is art. In their thick, bureaucratic books, I'm sure they have nothing against this."Oh, Florida. Maybe this artist could give Janowski a few tips, but hey, to each their own.More:Protective wrap covers historical structures near French FireMiami's SkyRise...
After public comments were provided, the committee discussed the concepts, the input they had received, and deliberated on the ranking. The final ranking of the Design Concepts by the Selection Committee is as follows:
The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith
Destination St. Pete Pier by St. Pete Design Group
ALMA by Alfonso Architects, inc.
City staff will now present these rankings to City Council for approval at a meeting in the near future. — newstpetepier.com
"We established a pier process that citizens on every side of this issue agreed would result in a fair and objective decision," said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "I am proud that we have stayed true to that process and that it has been transparent and open to the public throughout. I thank...
Last August, Miami voters gave a developer permission to lease land on the city's sparkling downtown waterfront to build a 1,000-foot, hairpin-shaped tourist tower [...]. There was one key promise: No public money would be spent on the $430 million project.
Now, the city and county are being sued by Raquel Regalado [...] Why? Because developer Jeffrey Berkowitz is seeking $9 million from an existing county economic development fund to pay for infrastructure improvements [...]. — miamiherald.com
Just three proposals left in the second attempt of the St. Petersburg Pier design competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. Back in 2012, "The Lens" by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Tom Leader Studio won the original competition, but that design was kicked to the curb after local group Concerned...
Florida is largely seen as the U.S. state that is most vulnerable to the effects of global warming. But even uttering the term global warming in official communications can get employees at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection in trouble...“We were told not to use the terms climate change, global warming, or sustainability,” said Christopher Byrd, who worked at the DEP from 2008 to 2013. — Slate
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