Sorry about the infrequency of the posts lately, I’ve been caught in the middle of a very hectic week. I spent the better part of my day yesterday discussing some transit issues with some of the top minds in the county. We were brainstorming of some ideas to get TransitMiami more involved in community education and planning. Some new things will be happening around here very soon including a software (finally, yes, Alesh) to something other than this terrible software I currently use.
Last night, I attended the
I’m about to embark on another cross-state expedition. This time, I’m headed across the alley and over the sunshine skyway into
It’s nice to be back in
While I’m at it, we also fumbled in voting in favor of wasting millions of dollars on tobacco education. It’s been proven that some of the anti-smoking efforts of this new campaign are a completely ineffective. Now, I’m in favor of educating people on the health risks of smoking, but, there’s only so much intervening we’ll be able to achieve successfully with this new program.
Nationally, it’s interesting to see that Americans have voted for a whopping 50+ Billion dollars of bond initiatives to improve our floundering and neglected infrastructure. Across the nation, people are looking to improve public spaces and facilities, just so long as the improvements didn’t come in the form of an additional tax. Meanwhile, Broward residents rightfully rejected a proposed transit tax which would have effectively done little to address the county’s transit infrastructure. With such terrible planning and little vision of what BCT hoped to accomplish, it’s no wonder the additional tax was rejected.
An unprecedented two town centers were announced yesterday in
There is something fishy (Pun Intended) going on between developer Sergio Pino and the
What a terrible project. Talk about an effective way of curbing future airport and airport related growth. I wonder how long it will take after residents move in, to complain about excessive airport noise. It reminds me of the people living behind railroad tracks which never expected to see trains running along them. But, don’t worry about planes crashing on houses:
project includes 24 town houses and a strip mall at the end of a runway. In the middle is a small park requested by county officials — where they said pilots could aim in the event of a crash.” Century Gardens
You know, because that is why we create park space in the County to begin with, for planes to crash land.
Here are some notable parts of the Herald article:
Pino’s group has also convinced the airport that a buffer zone surrounding the airport — where new homes are banned — should shrink. Almost all of the 68-acre
project falls within this buffer zone, now zoned for industrial or business use. Century Gardens
Mayol, Pino’s lawyer, successfully argued that the buffer zone was designed to limit neighborhood complaints about noise, and had nothing to do with public safety.
Pino is no stranger to the commission. This year, he and his companies donated $29,000 to the reelection campaigns of five commissioners, records show.
Pino’s companies also donated $25,000 to a political committee challenging a recall effort against Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
In 2004, Pino took Commissioner Jose ”Pepe” Diaz on his private jet for a fishing vacation in
. Diaz never listed the trip as a gift in financial disclosure forms he is required to file. Cancún, Mexico
vote won’t take place until Thursday, bulldozers already have been spotted at work on the land. County Commission
We’ve got issues folks. Big ones. We have to find a way of lowering our ranking on this list, while raising our ranking on this list. That’s right Miamians are apparently a very uneducated breed of individuals when compared to other major cities across the country. As I like to refer to it, lack of education is the big elephant sitting tucked away in some nondescript part of the city. Nobody likes to bring up the subject although we all know it’s there and it’s the likely source of many of our regional problems. Perhaps things like this (or this) wouldn’t be so commonplace in our city if our literacy rate, graduation rate, or higher education percentages were all higher.
The recent education rankings don’t even mention
With regards to the crime: I’m glad our ranking has fallen in recent years, but, if you look at all 371 cities, way too many greater Miami area cities are also ranking fairly high on this list. I assume if our educated population base was higher, our rank on this list would decrease substantially.
According to national figures,
‘s graduation rate was 55.7 percent in 2002, putting it at No. 48 nationally, ahead of only Florida and Georgia . South Carolina
As MVB also points out, our local government agencies and organizations in charge of recruiting and enticing companies to relocate to our area is ineffective to say the least. The inter-county/municipality competition alone is terrible.
Anyone have any education reform/business generation/crime reducing solutions?
Good luck if you are trying to get anywhere from west
Image from Miami Herald
I’m elated and equally stunned to announce that I have been named one of
I’d like to personally thank Maria A.K.A. Manola Blablablahnik of Sex and the Beach fame, who nominated me for the award. Having met Maria only once, she determined that my dedication to my site and my community involvement merited a nomination. Thank You.
To see the article/photograph and other 49 Savviest Singles, please pick up today’s edition of the Miami New Times. There will also be a celebration of sorts next Thursday at Bricks in
Gabriel J. Lopez-Bernal, 21, was born and raised in
. He is currently studying Transportation Engineering at The University of Florida, but, still manages to remain active in the Greater Miami region. He is the creator and author of TransitMiami.com, a local website dedicated to discussing the transportation and urban planning problems that face our region. He uses the site to inform fellow citizens about the developments happening in their area, while offering his professional suggestions in an open forum discussion. He is also an active member in the United Citizens for South Link, a political action committee dedicated to educating citizens about the advantages of public transportation in the Miami, Florida South Daderegion. In his spare time, Gabriel attends public seminars to address the upcoming public transit projects of the people’s transportation plan and is working with researchers to create a new method for analyzing congestion along ’s highways. Florida
I just came across an old article in the Miami New Times, which discusses one of my most despised developments in Miami; the Ryder Systems Headquarters off of the turnpike expressway, on the edge of the everglades and civilization. I despise this project not only because of its location but because of what it is home to. The fact that one of the largest companies in the area and the nation would choose this site as its corporate headquarters is sickening. Its shows how little Ryder systems is concerned about
It appears, much to my suspicions, that some sort of fishy land deal occurred, which allowed Ryder to sell their Doral digs and move west. The involved parties include no other than our own racial slurring state representative Ralphy Arza, as well as Shoma Homes Employees. The original plan was to develop the Ryder 45 acre parcel into, well, what would you know; a “
Even more sickening is the way Masoud Shojaee, president of Shoma Development Corp., was able to pay off Ralph Arza $20,000 up front and an additional $30,000 once the zoning change was complete. So, now not only is Arza a racial slurring, voice mail leaving dirty politician, but, apparently his services can be purchased to influence the way our city is redeveloped. I propose we overturn the zoning changes and tear down the buildings which continue to push the development boundary westwards…
Ever wonder what the thousands of flights which take place daily over the American skies look like digitally? Aaron Koblin, of UCLA, using some digital media and statistics from the FAA, was able to recreate a time-lapse sort of digital video of all the flights which take place in the
Here you can find all sorts of information relating to Miami’s historic urban transformation. When the word “historic” is used here, it is done so with utmost care and concern for what is factual. Miami’s developers, projects, architects, and neighboorhoods are all spotlighted, and issues such as transportation, culture, and the local economy are addressed in full. The goal is to seperate speculation from fact so that the big picture of Miami’s growth can unravel. Maps and illustrations provide a big picture analysis. Select the “Articles” option in the Categories listing for all BOB: Miami articles. The “Pieces to the Puzzle” category showcases Miami’s transforming urban neighborhoods. The rest of the categories are self explanatory. Uncover the truth behind Miami’s urban transformation, here. Enjoy!
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As this saga begins to unfold, a reoccurring question keeps arising: At what point does community involvement in planning become a limiting factor for the benefits said project can deliver to the community? Or in laymen terms, how much community involvement is too much? We’ve seen it countless times; Baylink, West Corridor meetings in Sweetwater,
Going back to what seems like the impending argument against a southern extension of tri-rail; why should homeowners along the railroad tracks have the right to deny a greater portion of the population an
easier logical route for public transit? The tracks were likely there before anyone moved into the area, heck, the FEC corridor has existed as longer than any municipalities have, did it not occur that these tracks might be used once again? Will property values decrease? Well, perhaps, but probably not as much as if we continue to build westward, without accounting for public transit needs.
The problems lie in one of my main underlying causes: lack of vision. MDT doesn’t know where we’re headed. City planning is inexistent. Politicians could care less. Development runs rampant. Chaos ensues. There isn’t a uniform plan on how to redevelop the county. There isn’t a plan to reduce congestion. And there certainly isn’t a plan to control our county’s growth, just a mobilized and politically connected group of developers, eager to continue adding to the mess which initially placed single family developments alongside a rail corridor…
Today, The Miami Herald chronicles the daily life of Luis Lopez Flores, a Peruvian Immigrant in
Image From Iseeantwan’s Flickr…
”Some people got angry and just walked back to the station…”
Quote and Image from The Miami Herald
I recently received a digital telegram from a very loyal reader, Erin, in Washington D.C. in response to the Snazzy Gas article and comments. In any case, I think her reply will better inform us about where our gas comes from and will probably stir up some interesting conversation:
I work for Edelman and do online public relations for Shell, and I recently came across your post “Snazzy Gas” at the Transit Miami blog. I applaud your interest in testing a variety of fuels for better gas mileage – it’s certainly a worthwhile experiment.
I’m just writing to clarify a point made by one of your readers in a comment. Dave remarked about gas stations essentially offering all consumers the same product. I understand where Dave’s thinking comes from, but the reality is that all gasoline is not the same.
Here are the basics on “why”: Gasoline that comes out of the fuel dispenser at a service station is composed of two primary components – the base fuel and the additive. While the base fuel may be similar between two or more brands, the additive – in Shell’s case, a proprietary formula — may be different for each brand.
While all gasolines contain minimum levels of detergents as required by government standards, several companies – like Shell – use additives that feature higher levels of cleaning agents which help prevent harmful deposits from forming on critical engine parts. (More info at Shell’s website: www.shell.com/us/vpower)
Also, if you’d like to know more about high detergency, better quality fuels, check out Top Tier Detergent Gasolines: http://www.toptiergas.com/
At any rate, I hope that information is helpful. Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions!
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