(20 posts)

Zaytouna

At Zaytouna, Syrian refugees start from scratch

WHAT SHE’S DOING: Christa Tawil believes that food can bridge the cultural gaps that separate us. That’s why she founded Zaytouna, an organization by and for Syrian refugee women to help each other resettle in South Florida and gain financial independence. At Zaytouna, the women produce homemade foods from the Middle East, such as baklava, […]

Business / April 15, 2019

Tea ‘n Sanity has books ‘n more

THE PLACE: Tea ‘n Sanity is the last used book store in Miami-Dade County. Eunice Rodriguez takes in more than 2,000 books every week, but at this shop, you’ll find much more than books. It’s a combination book exchange ‘n medicinal herb shop. Rodriguez is a self-taught herbalist and will custom-blend herbs and essential oils […]

Art / March 28, 2019

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is Miami’s Hidden Treasure

THE MUSEUM: Cully Waggoner has coined the term “train-scendental meditation.” He’s the chief of training at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum and can teach you how to drive a train. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, established in 1957, is a hidden treasure in Miami. It’s home to more than 40 historic railcars, including the “Ferdinand Magellan” Presidential […]

Community / March 27, 2019

DIY Poke Bowl rolls sushi – and ice cream?

THE PLACE: If you’ve ever somehow had a craving for both ice cream and sashimi then this West Kendall spot, DIY Ice Cream Roll and Poke Bowl, is for you. THE FOOD: Tang Chen’s restaurant offers homemade, made-to-order ice cream rolls, sushi and poke bowls. They even offer ice cream “tacos.” They’re open late and they deliver through services like Postmates and Grubhub. TANG’S STORY: Tang moved to Miami in 2017 for the […]

Business / March 27, 2019

Avra Jain’s making a long-term commitment to Miami

Avra Jain of The Vagabond Group is a real estate developer best known for preserving and restoring the roadside motels along Biscayne Boulevard has shifted her focus to affordable housing in Miami.

Changemakers / March 21, 2019

Kendall Ice Arena

Need to cool off in Miami? Look to West Kendall’s ice arena

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: West Kendall WHAT: Kendall Ice Arena, Miami-Dade county’s only ice sports center, opened its doors in West Kendall almost 20 years ago. THE STORY: At this West Kendall spot, the temperature always runs below 50 degrees. They offer ice hockey and figure skating training programs, summer camps as well as ice skating classes […]

Neighborhoods / March 19, 2019

These Miami urban planners want to do more—and plan less

Tony Garcia and Dana Wall are urban planners at Street Plans Collaborative, a Miami-based design firm that is pushing for a new approach to planning the future of our city.

Changemakers / March 7, 2019

Black Architects in the Making

Black Architects in the Making design futures

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Craig Aquart is a Jamaican-American architect, principal of MCHarry & Associates and the founder of Black Architects in the Making, an outreach programthat educates middle and high school students about architecture through activities, workshops and summer camps with the goal of diversifying the profession. WHAT IS HE DOING: Craig travels to communities […]

Art / March 6, 2019

Liberty Square

The legacy of Liberty Square

WHAT: The Liberty Square housing project. Created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal plan, it was the first public housing project in the Southeastern U.S. and provided a new housing option for Overtown’s segregated black residents. WHY IT MATTERS: In the 1960s, Liberty Square became densely populated, living standards declined, and violence increased. And in […]

Liberty City / February 25, 2019

Video: Rethinking Miami’s Public Transit

Ever ride the bus for 24 hours for fun? We didn’t think so, but we found someone who did. You won’t meet many people like Azhar Chougle. During the day, he’s either “thinking about transit, talking about transit or on transit,” he said. Azhar is the director of Transit Alliance Miami, a non-profit organization advocating […]

Advocacy / February 15, 2019