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New Tastes @ Mary Brickell Village: Doraku and Toscana Divino

Doraku Sushi

Doraku Sushi is the latest addition to Brickell’s dining portfolio. It’s grand opening was yesterday. Kevin Aoki, son of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, is pleased to present you with “the road to happiness” which is what Doraku stands for and probably how you’ll feel as you sample their tuna tataki. Continue reading

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Miamicentric Update

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The Wynwood Walls (Here Comes the Neighborhood; Episode 1)

 

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Wynwood and the Mega Casino

Some local artists think not. When gambling comes to mind, it’s hard not to think of Vegas. Some might go so far as to ponder distant Macau. In both vastly different cities, one will find the mega casino–that now trite term all over the local media. We all know what it is: Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand, etc. In Miami, it is Resorts World by Genting. While a resort casino concept is clear, its effect on the surrounding urban environment is seldom considered? So, admittedly disregarding the zoning context of these examples, let’s take a look: Continue reading

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Brickell House v. 1390 Brickell Bay

If you’ve been following Miami construction for years, then you know about 1390 Brickell Bay. I wrote an article about it in June of 2007 because its was a bad concept with an equally terrible marketing scheme. Now, on the same parcel, there are plans for Brickell House.

There’s no question that the design and marketing schemes are better with Brickell House than they were for the failed 1390 development. Continue reading

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MyBrickell View Blocker for Brickell on the River South

If your unit faces south in Brickell on the River South, chances are your uninterrupted view of the Brickell area will be blocked. Continue reading

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Street Level Retail Activity: Brickell

Clockwise from top left: Deli Lane (@ 1401 Brickell), Publix @ Mary Brickell Village, La Lupita and Roberto Giordano Salon @ Avenue, Sushi Siam (@ the Plaza)

Retail Matters

In Miami, “mixed-use” generally means MOSTLY RESIDENTIAL. The mixed-use title comes from these types of buildings having a smattering of offices and a base of street level retail spaces. Since residential comprises the primary use, it forms the pedestrian foundation of the urban environment. These urban dwellers need options; dining, drinking, shopping, laundry, hair and nail salons, grocery stores,  et cetera. A neighborhood with limited options is, well, crappy. As such, neighborhood vitality can be defined, in no small measure, by the retail sector. With the advent of new mixed use developments with major retail components, such as Brickell Citicenter, it’s important to ponder existing street level retail activity.

Let’s start with Brickell: Continue reading

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Miamicentric News Update

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John Timoney’s International Gig

Our Good ol' Irish Boy

Bahrain is a tiny country in the Middle East, ruled by an oil rich Sunni minority, in the midst of an increasingly violent Shi’ite uprising, and calling on former Miami, NYC, and Philly police chief, John Timoney, to calm things down. Naturally.

The Global (Timoney) Buzz:

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