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Buying a home is all kinds of anxiety inducing, and we want to know what questions keep you up at night.

Are you worried about how you’ll pay for it? Not sure what neighborhood to buy in? Not sure if it will be underwater in 50 years? Or do you just want to hide under the covers when you begin to even think about it? (If it’s all done now – phew! – what do you wish you knew before you got started?)

We’re working on a project about buying a home in the Magic City, and we want your questions to be at the center of it. We’ll be answering them throughout the spring. Just hit reply to this newsletter and let us know.

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To join our session at the NewCo Miami conference March 25 and 26. We’ll be taking you into the community mapping process that guides so much of our storytelling around the Magic City – and we’re one of more than 40 innovative companies pulling back the curtain on how they do what they do throughout the conference.

You can get 30 percent off registration if you sign up with this link. Can’t commit to the whole day? Try two sessions for free by signing up here.

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YASSSS. Salty Donut, Miami’s first artisanal doughnut shop, is opening a second location in South Miami. 🎉 This one has an exciting addition: an open kitchen so you can watch the magic happen. (Miami New Times)

Cruise control. After an autonomous Uber vehicle hit and killed a woman in Arizona this weekend, Uber halted tests of its autonomous vehicles across the U.S. But Ford, which began piloting its own self-driving cars right here in the 305 last month, says it’s going to keep going with its own test. (Miami Herald)

Shaky ground. The FIU pedestrian bridge was touted as an innovative project, but experts say it was actually a modernized version of an old bridge design that is vulnerable if even one structural piece is damaged. Experts are zeroing in on that as a potential reason why the bridge collapsed last week. (Miami Herald)

Sick burn. FIU has invited climate change denier James Taylor to debate a climate change activist at its global warming conference next week. We almost feel bad for Taylor trying to argue climate change doesn’t exist in the middle of Miami Beach, but John Morales, who became a local hero for his updates during Hurricane Irma, definitely isn’t holding back – he’s refused to moderate the debate. “Instead, I’m moderating a #sealevelrise panel the next day, and countering the misinformation by training students on the scientific method and False Balance in journalism,” Morales tweeted. I will have a very very recent example.” Burn. (Miami New Times)

Hungover. South Beach got so cray this weekend that it was even too much for infamous Ocean Drive spots like Mango’s and the Clevelander, who had to either close or shut down their outdoor eating areas for awhile. Miami Beach says it’s had enough, and commissioners are brainstorming ways to tone the party down in 2019. Suggestions include banning scooter rentals when huge crowds are expected and blasting classical music from public speakers. Yes, really. (Miami Herald)

Show me the money. Local startups have long pointed to funding as the biggest challenge they face here in SoFlo. So it’s pretty exciting that the $400 million Silicon Valley fund 500 Startups has made Miami its first spot on the east coast. Tech leaders say that will make it easier for companies to stay here in Miami when they’re ready to scale. (Miami Herald)

Not so fast. Coral Gables’ bold effort to challenge the state law prohibiting local governments from making their own gun laws is officially over. City commissioners decided the punishments – $5,000 fines and possible removal from office – and potential lawsuits from gun shops were just too much. But the game’s not totally over here in the 305 – the City of Miami is still looking for ways to challenge that same state law in court. (Miami Herald)

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Things to do


>> THURSDAY, 3/22

🎧Jam on the PAMM veranda with Vinyl Social Club (Downtown)

🗣Make your voice heard on City of Miami’s bond (Coconut Grove)

🔮Get mystical in Phuc Yea’s Lantern Garden (Upper East Side)

🏖Jam to house and techno on the beach at Rapture Music Festival (Virginia Key) through Friday

>> FRIDAY, 3/23

🎸Jam poolside at the EPIC Hotel to everything but EDM (Downtown)

Journalist Jorge Ramos on being a Latino immigrant in Trump’s America (Downtown)

☕ Talk courage at this month’s Creative Mornings (Overtown)

>> SATURDAY, 3/24

🍖 Kick it “backyard” at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay)

✊ Join Miami’s “March for our Lives” to call for gun reform (South Beach, Doral)

🏓 Show off your table tennis skills at Veza Sur’s tournament (Wynwood)

>> SUNDAY, 3/25

😂 LOL at Villain Theater’s all-femme comedy show (Little Haiti)

🎶Get soulful and eat southern in the A+E District (Downtown)

🏖 Chill at the Standard’s Lazy Sunday BBQ (South Beach)

>> MONDAY, 3/26

👩 Talk about what it will take to elevate women in civic leadership (Allapattah)

😫 Discuss “what the hell just happened to our country” with Steve Almond (Coral Gables)

>> TUESDAY, 3/27

🎨 Talk shop with local creatives at the Creator’s Lounge (Allapattah)

🎮 Show off your pinball skills (North Miami)

🍹 Learn how to make “garden-to-bar” cocktails (Wynwood)

🎵 Keep Miami Music Week going with Kelly Lee Owens (Downtown)

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It’s World Water Day, and Mr. Worldwide is making his debut at the United Nations as an official ambassador for clean water. Way to make the Magic City proud, Pitbull.

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