Fall 2020 Issue

Introduction and Contents

Downtown NEWS
Sep 10 · 3 min read
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Downtown News assembled a remarkable team to put together the Fall 2020 Issue. Let’s start with our feature story, Crimes and Misdemeanors, we take a deep look at the increasing number of vagrants within the homeless population. The story includes an honest conversation with Police Commander Antonio Regueira. (Neighbors and Police chose to meet out in the streets over a conference room or Zoom, so we could see what we were talking about.)

Designer and urban planner Aaron DeMayo in one incisive article asks us to reimagine Biscayne Boulevard moving people and vehicles more safely and efficiently, and to imagine the iconic boulevard lined with cafes. And we explore the business end of the fashion industry with retail expert and Professor Matilda Kalaveshi. Fashion, after all, along with tourism and real estate, can be the backbone of our economic recovery.

Introducing the article Fish inthe Bay May Be the Latest Victims in an Untold South Florida’s Story by Jorge Sanchez, Amal Solh Kabbani writes: “We hope for a stop to excessive residential and commercial construction and poor zoning decisions, so that our leaders don’t go running around with a box of Band-Aids to cure the serious disease that their own myopia caused. Otherwise, no amount of online posturing will come close to a real cure. I urge you to read an interesting take on the issue.” In the article Public Land forAffordable Housing, Aurea Veras outlines the efforts by Commissioner Eileen Higgins to solve the pressing problem of housing scarcity.

This being a political year, Samuel Joseph delves into local politics in his opinion piece on the upcoming debates for Miami-Dade County mayor, Miami-Dade Commissioners, and representatives to the US Congress, which DNA President Amal Solh Kabbani will moderate.

Cultural Compass

The Knight Foundation commissioned the Urban Institute to conduct the study “Community Ties: Understanding what attaches people to the place where they live.” The Urban Institute surveyed 11,000 metro area residents in the U.S., including Miami. Access to the arts and cultural spaces stand out among urban amenities that boost residents’ feelings of satisfaction and connection to their community. This is especially true for Miami. 58% of residents say that arts and cultural activities are very important to them, significantly above the national average of 44%.

Accordingly, one popular feature of Downtown News since its inception has been Cultural Compass. In this issue we review art, books, science and documentaries, the offerings from our world-class cultural institutions, the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Books & Books, the Frost Science Museum, and the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). One example: A Virtual Afternoon with Ken Follett. The #1 New York Times bestselling author talks about his thrilling and adictictive new novel-a prequel to the Pillars of the Earth.

You will find much more. Enjoy our Fall 2020 Issue!


Feature Story

Crimes and Misdemeanors. Raul Guerrero

Our Streets

Reimagining Biscayne Blvd. Aaron DeMayo.


Inspiring Creatives: M3 Collaborative. Raul Guerrero.


How Media Habits Relate to Voter Participation. Downtown News Staff.

The Neighborhood

Public Land for Affordable Housing. Aurea Veras.

In Brief: News, Deadlines, Curiosities, Media Review.


Fish in the Bay May Be the Latest Victims in an Untold Story of South Florida. Jorge Sanchez.

Local Politics: Urban Core Candidates Forum. Samuel Joseph.

2020 Census: Time Is Running Out. Downtown News Staff.

Letters to the Editor

Relief for Nonprofits. Nancy Jackson.

Cultural Compass

Virtual Scholar Talk: We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing Pandemic. Frost Science and the Smithsonian Institute. Downtown News Staff.

Nature Super Heroes: Life at the Limits. An exhibit at Frost Science Museum, opening October 10. Raul Guerrero.

George Clinton in Conversation with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. Public Live Virtual Art Talk. Downtown News Staff.

Food & Drink

Outdoor Dining. Coming out of the Pandemic Downtown offers great diversity.

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