Daily Archives: May 17, 2007

Spotlight On: Collins Avenue Shopping District

Since 2000, Collins Avenue, from 5th street to about 10th street, has gradually evolved into a one-of-a-kind shopping district. What makes this shopping district special, other than the world class beach one block away, numerous restaurants, trendy boutique hotels, lounges, and bars, is that many of the stores occupy entire Art Deco boutique hotels and apartment complexes. As shoppers walk the Collins Avenue Shopping District, which the City of Miami Beach considers part of the Fashion District, they are, in effect, walking through an architectural showcase.

The typical fashionista is not likely to notice or care that they are shopping in a historic structure, but whether they recognize it or not, it makes the shopping experience special. New structures have been added to the mix with retail at street level. The Zyscovich-designed 500 Collins building and 634-666 Collins are two examples. Both complexes house Zara, Intermix, Giraux, Leo, MAC, Nicole Miller, Vidal Sassoon, and United Colors of Benetton. The shopping district currently ends at 10th street, but there is room for it to expand northward. Collins, between 10th and 15th streets represents an underutilized segment of the storied avenue.

Collins Avenue Shopping District:

Below: Map of the Area

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County in Legal Fight with HUD

The Miami-Dade Housing Agency has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency. The lawsuit cites HUD’s attempts to circumvent their own policies to improperly assume control of the local housing authority, as well as there being an insufficient amount of time being allowed for the Miami-Dade housing Agency to correct internal issues. HUD is forcing the County “to answer on charges of financial mismanagement of its public-housing and rental-assistance programs.”

This all follows numerous scandals where developers received public funds for affordable housing that never materialized.

“Citing a HUD handbook, it said takeovers should be considered only for ‘severe, pervasive and systemic’ problems in which the local government ‘resists problem-solving efforts’ and alternatives `have been exhausted or determined inappropriate because of the urgent need to take immediate action.'”

For now,the Miami-Dade Housing Agency is taking the fight to HUD.

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Forbes: Miami is Among Best Places for a Pied-à-Terre

What does “pied-à-terre ” mean? You’ll have to take a look at this Forbes report which considers Miami to be one of the Choice Cities For A Pied–Terre

Also on the list: Paris, San Francisco, London, Vienna, L.A., Rome, Tokyo, NYC, Boston, Hong Kong, Chicago, Amsterdam, Seattle, San Diego, Prague, and Toronto (in no specific order)

Not surprisingly, Miami is among the least expensive on the list.

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