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Telling Miami stories over lunch last year (📸: The Miami Foundation)


Everyone in Miami has a story to tell. How did you get to Miami? What do you care about? What keeps you here? Thanks to My Miami Story conversations, this is your opportunity to share your experience and hear from other energized residents on what they feel are the issues that impact the quality of life in and around Miami-Dade.

What is My Miami Story?

My Miami Story is a project started by The Miami Foundation three years ago and will take place on Oct. 23. As an active participant, you can add your voice to the county-wide discussion about who we are, where we’re going and what we can do together to get there. These guided conversations are about creating a space for you to connect with friends, old and new, who feel the same way (and maybe some who don’t), and sparking ideas and action around the issues we care about.

How can I participate?

As a host: You can lead a conversation with 6 to 10 people over breakfast, lunch, during a cafecito break or anytime in between. Before the activity, The Miami Foundation will send you a toolkit with everything you need, including conversation starters and ideas for taking action after your experience. Sign up by October 12 for a full host kit; after, you can download it at mymiamistory.org.

As a guest: Register to join the conversation and contribute your ideas. (If you are new to the city, this is a great way to meet other people who are passionate about the future of Miami.)

These conversations on Oct. 23 are just the spark. What will be your Miami story?


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FTW. After a fierce fight by local activists to make it easier for local college students to vote, the county decided to open an early voting site on Miami-Dade College’s north campus. Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he’s going to try to make one happen on the south campus as well, and earlier this week the county approved an early voting site on FIU’s main campus. (Twitter)

No more ruff times. With the addition of both on-site therapy dogs and a Chef Creole restaurant, traveling through MIA just got so much better. The new Chef Creole location opened this week and The Miami Hound Machine, as the therapy dog program is called, will launch on Monday with five dogs. (Miami Times, Miami Herald)

This is America. If you’re looking for a weekend read, make it this deep dive into how Puerto Rico is doing one year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. From housing to education to electricity, it shows how “uneven and uncertain” the recovery has been, and how hard its been for Boricuas to achieve anything resembling normalcy.  There’s a man who travels 10 to 12 hours a week for dialysis and special needs children with no schools left, but also hot pursuit of solar energy to help get the lights back on. (Miami Herald)

Started at the bottom now we here. Miami Beach is hyper-focused on saving the city from rising seas, and earlier this year it brought a bunch of experts in to give an unbiased assessment of its plans. Raising roads has been one of the most controversial moves because it causes water problems for the businesses that end up below street level, but the Urban Land Institute gave the plan a thumbs up. “What would be the alternative to the elevation of roadways?” the panel chair asked. “One is Miami Beach becomes Venice. The road elevations keep the city dry.” But the institute did tell the city to do a better job of explaining what it was doing and why. (Miami Herald)

Flashback Friday. These throwback photos of Hialeah in the mid-1900s, before it was home to Ñooo Que Barato, are gold. Come for the snaps, but stay for the snarky captions. (Miami.com)

YASSS. The Macarthur Causeway Nightmare of 2018 is almost over. Two of the three westbound lanes that were closed while engineers repaired the support beams are now open, and traffic is flowing once again. Once the repairs on the westbound side are done, engineers will get to work on the eastbound side, but they’ll only have to close one lane in that direction. (Miami New Times)

Teachable moment. Wynwood Yard may be closing in a few months, but we won’t have to say goodbye to House of Mac’s jerk chicken mac and cheese. Founder Derek Turton, aka “Chef Teach,” has already opened up a brick and mortar at 2085 NW 2nd Avenue that will serve up both the baked mac and cheese that made him famous and new things like jerk chicken wings. Plus, you’ll still find him at the Yard. 🙏 (Miami.com)

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A bunch of you responded to our history piece on Bayfront Park in yesterday’s newsletter. Readers like Michael Cole recalled working on school papers in the park’s library back in the day. And reader Sara Leviten actually worked at the library in the mid 1970s and said “it was so beautiful to sit at the registration desk and see the bay to the east.”

Others like Andrew Cortez pointed out some interesting facts about our reference to President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1933 visit to Miami. Roosevelt survived an assassination attempt thanks in part to bad furniture. The shooter was standing on a chair when he fired but it collapsed and the crowd was able to stop him before he fired more shots.

And this note from reader Jim Wall really stood out:

“The assassin’s bullets that missed Franklin Roosevelt hit Chicago mayor Anton Cermak and killed him instead. He was an immigrant to the U.S. who put himself through school, started his own businesses, and worked hard to reach his political position as mayor.”



🎥Today: Head to Ethiopia with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)

🌱Today: Talk food sustainability and dine courtesy of Hungry Harvest (Allapattah)

🚘 Wednesday: Eat Italian, set #apartmentgoals, and test drive a Tesla at this BoConcept after-hours event (Brickell)

🎶Thursday, Sept. 27- Sunday, Sept. 30: Immerse yourself in RAW POP UP / LAB’s multisensory experiment of art, music, technology, and performance art. – 20 percent off if you use this link (Brickell)

🎥Thursday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept 30: Catch works from the Caribbean’s most cutting-edge filmmakers at the Third Horizon Film Festival (Wynwood)



🌳Make or check out a pop-up park at Park(ing) Day (Various locations)

🎥Catch a screening of “The Gospel According to André” (South Beach)

🎙️Party with Patrick and the Swayzees (South Beach)

💡Watch a laser lights show (Downtown)

🖼️Explore the Bass Museum after dark (South Beach)



🎤 Talk immigration with Jorge Ramos and Jose Antonio Vargas, America’s “most famous undocumented immigrant” (Coral Gables)

🎶Catch some Argentinian indie-folk-electronica at the Bandshell (North Beach)

🇭🇹 Shop, learn how to cook Caribbean cuisine, and learn how to dance konpa at Caribbean Market Day (Little Haiti)

🎭Catch a new season of microtheater focused on the Tinder era – through Oct. 14  Downtown)

🎻Pull back the curtain at the New World Symphony Open House (South Beach)

🎵See ADULT. And Plack Blague perform at Gramps (Wynwood)

🎺Celebrate the launch of a new WDNA jazz show (Coconut Grove)

🎸Jam to Police cover band, Zendatta, at the Yard (Wynwood)



🎵Enjoy a “locals-only” music and art festival (Coral Gables)
🍵 Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony (Coral Gables)

💃Spice up Sunday with some salsa (Little Havana)



🇵🇷Talk food and rebuilding Puerto Rico with Jose Andres (Downtown)

🌕Meditate under the full moon (South Beach)

🏊 Shop and swim at the full moon pop-up shops (South Beach)

🥁Get down at Purdy’s reggae night (South Beach)



💱Talk blockchain with Ripple (Allapattah)

👑Learn how to sew from Queef Latina (South Beach)

👊Punch it out at a boxing class, then down some brews (South Beach)


Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


We’ll leave you with one more response to our Bayfront Park piece from reader Billy Subs:

“Alexa, describe Miami in one sentence.’

Alexa: The library was criticized when it was first built because it blocked views of the water.”

Never change, 305. Have a great weekend.

– The New Tropic

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