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(📸: State Archives of Florida)

ARROZ CON MANGO.

WHAT IS IT? An extremely confusing street grid that’s organized differently from the rest of the county and confusing AF to navigate if you didn’t grow up in the city, or don’t pass through it often.

HELP ME UNDERSTAND. Ok, so. Hialeah is one of the oldest cities in the county (incorporated in 1925!) and when the grid that we all know and love—where street numbers, y’know, stay the same and you can tell exactly where a spot is just from the address—was being developed it didn’t extend into Hialeah. The city has always been super independent (they have their own library system, police and fire departments) so it’s not surprising that they went ahead and developed their own grid.

GOT AN EXAMPLE? Basically, Northwest 54th Street becomes Hialeah Drive in the city limits and acts as the north/south dividing line. Northwest 47th Avenue (a.k.a Palm Avenue) is the east/west divider and things go from there.

This section has been updated.

Still confused? Check out this guide to Hialeah’s streets. We’ll be rolling out more entries in the Miamipedia in the coming months, but we know there’s stuff we haven’t thought about. Hit reply and let us know or hit us up at [email protected] to tell us any other suuuper Miami terms, phrases and people we should include. Until then, you can check out the previous installments here.

LOOK WITH YOUR EYES, NOT WITH YOUR HANDS

Pretty to look at. Extremely fragrant. One of the most deadly plants on the planet. Meet the Oleander plant.

Because of their low maintenance, you’ve probably seen the hearty plant alongside South Florida’s highways or as landscaping for homes and businesses. Maybe you even have the shrub in your backyard.

A couple of tips: Don’t eat the foliage. Don’t touch the sap. Don’t burn it. But DO check out today’s video all about the toxic plant … and then visit Frost Science’s Power of Poison exhibition.

PRODUCED BY THE NEW TROPIC CREATIVE STUDIO WITH THE PHILLIP AND PATRICIA FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305

Take that, suckers. Yesterday Miami Beach expanded the city’s ban on plastic straws and plastic stirrers to city property like sidewalk cafes, parks, and piers, which majorly expanded the scope of the ban because it includes spots like Ocean Drive, famous for its massive alcoholic drinks served on the sidewalk and drunk through a straw. There’s a big push against all kinds of single-use plastics right now, but straws are especially under fire because they easily slip into storm drains and end up in the ocean. (Miami Herald)

It’s easy being green. Earth lovers (that should be all of you!), rejoice: Miami finally has a bulk refill grocery store that will let you stock up on everything from laundry detergent to tea, using your own reusable containers. That means fewer single-use plastics, which are basically the bane of the earth, especially in coastal cities like our own. (Prism Creative Group)

It’s lit. But not in a good way. Someone set 40 golf carts on fire Tuesday night at the Melreese golf course, the spot where David Beckham wants to build his Major League Soccer stadium complex. Just last week, the City of Miami Commission agreed to allow voters to decide in November whether to allow the property to be developed for that, but there’s a lot of public opposition to the plan, so obviously the fire is raising all kinds of questions. Surveillance cameras caught a man watching the golf carts burn, and police want to find out who he is because they think he’s a suspect. (Miami Herald)

How about winning a game? The Miami Marlins are last in Major League Baseball for game attendance, with an average of 9,762 people coming to each game. Desperate to change that, they’re making a big marketing push to bring more locals to the stadium. We’re not exactly sure who they were marketing to before, but we’re all about keeping it local, and all about this plan. (Miami Herald)

“TollGate.” Yesterday Florida Democrats led by state Rep. Kionne McGhee called on Governor Scott to suspend all tolls through the SunPass system until it’s fixed, saying that the Florida Department of Transportation knew users were being double-billed and did nothing about it. For the last few weeks the customer service site hasn’t been working, nor has the call line or app. Inaccurate charges are being posted to users’ accounts, and basically, it’s a big ol’ mess – that we’re still paying to use. (Tampa Bay Times)

One step forward. Hotel housekeepers are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault – about 40 of 70 hotel workers in Miami Beach surveyed said they’d been assaulted or harassed on the job. And now Miami Beach is taking an important first step to protecting them: requiring that all hotels and hostels give the workers who serve in guests’ rooms a panic button that they can use in an emergency. The city is calling them “safety buttons.” (Miami Herald)

Taking a gamble. A couple weeks ago, news broke that the state had granted a gambling license for a property on Biscayne Boulevard between NE 30th Street in Edgewater that would include a poker room and a jai-alai fronton. Locals – including big wigs like mega-developer Jorge Perez, car king Norman Braman, and the Knight Foundation’s Alberto Ibarguen – reacted with outrage and local city officials heard them. Today, City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell is proposing a resolution to require more scrutiny and public input on the plan, plus a 4/5 vote from the city commission for new gambling operations. (City of Miami)

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EVENTS

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🗣Thursday, July 26: Ask a dietician all your questions about sugar (Allapattah)

🇳🇬Thursday, Aug 2: Get thinking at this screening about African film with filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu. (Downtown

💡Saturday, Aug. 4: Catch a parade of lights at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

 

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AROUND TOWN

TODAY

🗳 Quiz the D-27 congressional candidates (Downtown)

🎨Jam to some music, drink and paint with Art Box (Doral)

🗣Discuss building on the momentum of the #MeToo movement (Liberty City)

 

TOMORROW

🎥 Watch “Coco” under the stars at The Barnacle (Coconut Grove)

🎷Catch jazz musician Ed Calle on the MOCA plaza (North Miami)

🚴 Ride with Critical Mass in honor of those lost to drunk and distracted driving (Downtown)

🌃 Enjoy a soirée under the full moon (Brickell)
🌕 Meditate on the beach under the full moon (South Beach)

 

SATURDAY

🎥Watch a screening of “The Golden Dream” at MOCA (North Miami)

🗒Learn about Downtown’s history by sketching historic spots (Downtown)

🎤Rock with Uma Galera at Homegrown Saturdays (South Miami)

🎵Browse the Miami Record Fair (Wynwood)

🌴Jam in a tropical paradise (South Beach)

🎸Catch a Beatles tribute show at Bar Nancy (Little Havana)

🎦Jump “Back to the Future” at the Gables Art Cinema (Coral Gables)

 

SUNDAY

🌊 Clean up a local reef (South Beach)

👠 Get rowdy at drag bingo (South Beach)

🎤 Catch some of the solo performers who help the 305 shine (Overtown)

🎶 Enjoy some Sigur Ros at Classic Album Sundays (Little Haiti)

🛶 Explore Coral Gables by canoe (Coral Gables)

 

MONDAY

🍷 Sample some organic, natural wine (South Beach)

👠 Kick your week off with a drag show (South Beach)

 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT..

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