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🏘️ This SoFlo city wants its own zip code

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Today, as we drop the last installments of our voter guide, we’ve got some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that we’ve already broken down the city and county referenda, state amendmentsstate cabinet officials, and judicial seats for you, and published questionnaires with several of the congressional candidates.

The bad news is that we hoped to break down the two big races today – governor and U.S. Senate – but none of the campaigns had responded to us as of 10 p.m. last night. It’s a bummer, especially since the questionnaire we sent each of the candidates was based on the questions you said you had for them.

Shout out to Mary-Margaret Dale, Evian White de Leon, Patrick, Alexander, and Damian (some people chose not to share their last names), plus a few other anonymous folks, for their questions.

If we hear back from any of the candidates, we will update their profiles with their answers and let you know in this newsletter. For now, we’ve linked to some other coverage of them and to their campaign websites. You can see that here:

Plus, we’re sharing our questionnaires with Gillum, DeSantis, and the Senate candidates so you see what was sent their way.

Now, get out there and #votelikeyoulivehere.

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Full speed ahead. Been hearing a whole lot about The Underline, but still not totally sure what a linear park is, or what the project means for Miami? Here’s how it came to be, how it’s different from New York’s High Line, and how the people bringing it to life think it can change much more about the 305 than the 10 miles of the city it will run through. (Curbed)

Tiny solutions, big impact. Miami-Dade faces one of the worst housing affordability crises in the U.S., and one of the many reasons is the inflexibility of our housing options. But South Miami recently approved an experiment that could be transformational: tiny houses built out of shipping containers. They’ll be able to use the random “shotgun” plots of land all over the city that are vacant but too small for a traditional home. Those behind the project say it will give low-income families a chance at owning a home. (Miami Herald)

But…  The Miami Beach Community Development Corp., which operates hundreds of subsidized apartments across the county, is seriously struggling. It’s running with a huge deficit and faces maintenance problems at many of its buildings, and now the county’s public housing department is fighting to take over many of those properties. And residents of the nonprofit’s buildings aren’t sure what the tussle will mean for them. (Miami Herald)

Tough times. The food is good and the prices are right, but the Little Havana restaurant Edukos is struggling hard. Why? Because endless street construction has surrounded the gastropub with broken sidewalks, barricades, and Porta Pottys, and few restaurant patrons are willing to struggle through that. In hopes of luring more customers, the restaurant is offering specialty “ready to die” menus and extended happy hours. Go show ‘em some love. (Miami New Times)

Shade. Miami Lakes has long been trying to convince people it’s not just a suburb of Hialeah, and now it’s one step closer to some definitive proof. A U.S. Senate committee is considering a bill that would grant Miami Lakes its own zip code to firmly draw a line between the two cities. “We work hard to brand ourselves as one of the best places to live in South Florida. … But when you get your mail you don’t see that,” Mayor Manny Cid said. Tell us how you really feel about Hialeah, Mr. Mayor. (Miami Herald)



  • A bunch of documents related to the corruption investigation into Tallahassee City Hall were released to the public yesterday. There are likely more details to come before the election, but the first takeaway is this: Andrew Gillum knew the Hamilton tickets he got in New York came from “Mike Miller,” an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer. (Real talk: Would you turn down Hamilton tickets?) (Tampa Bay Times)
  • U.S. congressional candidate Maria Elvira Salazar has done well in District 27 at least partially because of her moderate stance on immigration issues. But one of the biggest supporters of President Trump’s plan for building a border wall with Mexico is rolling into town this week to help her raise money for her campaign. (Miami Herald)
  • Get to know “Geeks for Gillum” and the “Republican Brunch Club,” two groups campaigning hard the millennial way to get their folks into office (WLRN)

Things to do


🧘Through Sunday, Nov. 11: Check out the Cushion Crawl challenge (it’s like a Pub Crawl, but for 21 days of Mindfulness) (Multiple Locations)

🗳️ Friday, Nov. 2: Join the voting celebration. It’s a matter of life or muerte. (Overtown or Downtown)



🗳️Break down your ballot (Kendall)

🎞️Catch “Beetlejuice” on the big screen (Brickell)

👻Hunt for paranormals at Deering Estate (Cutler Bay)

🎶Catch some of Cuba’s hottest emerging musical talent, ft. Danay Suaréz (Downtown)

☕Head to Wonderland with a tea party at Vizcaya (Coconut Grove)

🌕Meditate on the beach under the full moon (South Beach)

🥁Dance like no one is watching at the Full Moon Drum Circle (North Beach)


🎶Hanson (yes, that Hanson) performs with a live orchestra (South Beach)

🗳️Learn more about Amendment 4, which would restore felons’ voting rights (Overtown)

💊Learn all about Miami’s early medical pioneers (Brickell)

👻Go to a haunted ballet – through Sunday (Coconut Grove)

🌱Help keep Vizcaya flowery and green (Coconut Grove)

📚Answer Miami’s “deep, existential questions” at a communal storytelling event (Allapattah)


🎶Catch the Tal Cohen Jazz Ensemble on the MOCA Plaza (North Miami)

🌕Explore the night sky (Homestead)

👠Get weird at a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show (Design District)

🇨🇺Celebrate Little Havana at Viernes Culturales (Little Havana)

😂Catch an “authentically queer and authentically funny” improv show (Little Haiti)

📱View a pop-up exhibit of Trump’s most notorious tweets – through Sunday (South Beach)


🍜Dine on tasty ramen from Temple Street Eatery (Wynwood)

🍺Bar crawl through Brickell (Brickell)

📿Make art-inspired jewelry at MOCA (North Miami)

🧘Get lit at blacklight aerial yoga (Upper East Side)

🎶Browse thousands of records with Terrestrial Funk (Wynwood)

🗳️Make voting a party at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (Little Haiti)

🎧Catch DJ Stretch Armstrong at the Anderson (Upper East Side)
🎶Groove with Locos Por Juana at Veza Sur (Wynwood)


🎞️Catch “Psycho” on the big screen (Coral Gables)

🥊Catch “One Night in Miami,” the story of the night Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston – through Nov. 18 (South Beach)

🎶Dance salsa at Ball & Chain (Little Havana)

🎭Catch a live stream of King Lear performed on stage in London (Coral Gables)

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.


ICYMI, on Monday we announced that we’re giving away a fabulous staycation on Española Way! It’s our mission to help you #livelikeyoulivehere, so the winner gets overnight accommodation, day passes to The Bass Art Museum, dinner at Havana 1957, and live entertainment on Española Way for two. Enter here and refer a friend for an extra entry. We’ll draw the winner on Friday, Nov. 2!

– The New Tropic

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