Changemakers

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, […]

/ April 15, 2019


Miami women to watch

Mrs. Fabel Dodge Sloane at Hialeah Park in 1959 (Courtesy of HistoryMiami) Back in the 1890s when Miami was considered swampland, Julia Tuttle saw its potential and convinced industrialist Henry Flagler to extend his railway from Palm Beach down to Miami. And that’s a major part of how Miami got its start. In fact, Miami […]

/ March 28, 2019


Changemakers: Meet the people rethinking the design of Miami’s skyline

For our latest Changemakers series we wanted to highlight the folks who are taking a unique approach to building in Miami, and doing innovative work in architecture and urban design.

/ March 21, 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.

/ March 21, 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.

/ March 7, 2019


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 […]

/ March 6, 2019


Changemakers: Meet the Miamians who are shaping our transportation future

When it comes to getting around Miami, the struggle is real. Traffic is now a daily fact of life for many of us, and, as Miami continues to grow, the need for solutions and alternatives to the gridlock has become all the more urgent. For our latest Changemaker series, we met up with a handful […]

/ February 15, 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 […]

/ February 15, 2019


Video: Claps for Mr. Yap

People say Mr. Yap is crazy. But ask him, and he’ll tell you he’s just “crazy happy.” George Yap migrated from Jamaica to Miami in 1976 with $50 in his pocket. With the help of family and friends, he founded Leasa Industries in 1977 inside a dilapidated warehouse in Liberty City. Today, his company is […]

/ February 13, 2019


Video: Meg Daly, the visionary behind the Underline

Meg Daly thinks great cities are defined by great public spaces, so she’s building a park. But this isn’t your ordinary park. For starters, it spans 120 acres. Running from Dadeland to Brickell, The Underline will transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, biking and jogging trail, and outdoor art gallery. […]

/ February 11, 2019