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What’s your Miami story? (📸: @shableharris)
On Tuesday, over 4,000 Miamians gathered around the county as part of My Miami Story conversations to reflect, share stories, talk about life here and spark ideas to make the future of Miami even better. The energy was super palpable and the best way to keep the momentum going is by completing The Miami Foundation’s survey on your experience.
The data will be included in a report and eventually shared out with the community. “County commissioners, city commissioners and other stakeholders will be able to review the results and deeply understand the civic issues that we are facing, understand the nuances around how residents are having to interact and cope with these issues,” says Matthew Beatty, the senior communications director for the foundation.
For example, based on a previous survey, The Miami Foundation learned that after attending a My Miami Story conversation, 78% of respondents said they were likely to raise awareness and educate others about an issue or solution discussed during their meeting.
So if you attended a My Miami Story conversation, contribute to this year’s survey and be sure to respond with how you plan to help mold the future of Miami-Dade. And as a little bonus, if you finish the survey you’ll have shot at winning an an Amazon Echo.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE 305
Not fake news. The Daily Show’s Presidential Twitter Library is coming to town this weekend to showcase President Trump’s infamous Twitter feed. Been dreaming of what it’s like to sit in the Oval Office and fire off world-changing tweets? Now’s your chance to feel the power. And next week The Daily Show will be filming some episodes right here in Miami Beach. (Miami.com)
Miami’s got talent. Props to the 44 local artists who received “Ellies” on Wednesday night. The new award, launched by ArtCenter/South Florida, is meant to “recognize and elevate” local artists of all mediums at a time when it’s increasingly hard to get by as an artist here. The award is named after ArtCenter founder Ellie Schneiderman, who turned a bunch of buildings on Lincoln Road into artist studios back in the 1980s, helping to launch the neighborhood as an arts mecca. (Miami Herald)
Plenty of runway. It was a pretty big deal for Miami’s tech scene when the accelerator 500 Startups decided to open an HQ here. Now, with a fun little Miami history lesson, founder Ana Paula Gonzalez explains why they’re taking a bet on the Magic City. Not convinced? Take a look at the re-launched Startup.Miami, which we’ve handed off to the Knight Foundation so it can focus more on providing resources. The sheer scale of what’s on offer there is definitely reason for excitement. (500 Startups, Startup.Miami)
Be Bill Nye. Does our watery future make you want to play a more active role in Miami’s efforts to adapt to sea level rise? Then come on out tomorrow to FIU, where their Sea Level Rise Solutions Center will be leading a citizen scientists day to teach locals how to help them document and track our rising seas. (WLRN)
Hot topic. If you live in Miami Beach, you are probably very aware that city residents are very divided over the proposed convention center hotel, which is on the Nov. 6 ballot. Both people for and against it are pouring money into mailers and TV ads, and it’s getting pretty hard to keep all the facts straight. That matters because although the convention center won’t be using taxpayer dollars, it requires approval from 60 percent of voters. Here’s a breakdown of what’s at stake and what’s fact and fiction. (Miami Herald)
Scary days. There’s not just a Florida angle to the pipe bomb scare this week – there’s also an Opa-locka angle. At least one of the packages sent to some big deal Democrats on Wednesday went through the U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in Opa-locka. The FBI is still trying to figure out who was behind the packages and what they were all about. One of them ended up at one of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s South Florida office. (Miami Herald)
OUR PARTNER EVENTS
🧘Through Sunday, Nov. 11: Check out the Cushion Crawl challenge (it’s like a Pub Crawl, but for 21 days of Mindfulness) (Multiple Locations)
🎶 Wednesday, Oct. 31: Party with this Grammy-nominated producer on Halloween (Wynwood)
🗳️ Friday, Nov. 2: Join the voting celebration, it’s a matter of life or muerte (Downtown)
🎶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)
🎤See Talib Kweli and other local rappers and DJs at a voting music fest (Liberty City)
🍺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 “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)
🌊Learn what the candidates plan to do about sea level rise (Coconut Grove)
🎞️Catch a screening of “Scream” at Nite Owl Theater (Design District)
🎨Draw some spooky creatures in time for Halloween (South Beach)
🎞️Catch a screening of All the President’s Men (Coral Gables)
🎃Get down with Terrestrial Funk and some fellow ghouls at Gramps (Wynwood)
🗣️Discuss the Overtown Common Good Initiative and what’s next for the area (Overtown)
🎥Watch a night of horror short films made by local filmmakers (Downtown)
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.
THANK YOU, MIAMI.
And now a goodbye note from our director, Ariel:
I’m a Miami native who left for college in 2006, certain I would never come back.
And if it wasn’t for The New Tropic, I probably never would have. But I started reading this same newsletter in summer 2015 at my desk in Nairobi (fun fact: I was a foreign correspondent before this) and realized I was missing out on something really special – both in Miami and in a fun, kind of crazy experiment in doing journalism with and for the community.
So I packed up my things and came home. And I’m pretty sure it was the best decision I’ve ever made (well, after deciding in college to stop trying to straighten my hair).
It’s been a crazy, rewarding ride.
I’ve loved hanging out with you at events, decoding our confusing elections, working together to get through Hurricane Irma, telling stories like this one about an overlooked moment in Miami history, and learning the perfect gif to capture the feeling of driving through a flash flood after a thunderstorm.
In this massive, always changing city, I hope we’ve been able to bridge the gap between “new” and “old” Miami, the curious transplants and the proud natives, the Lummus Park body builders and the political activists.
A reader once thanked us for bringing her closer to her city. It stuck with me, because it so perfectly describes how I feel about this job. I hope we’ve been able to do that for all of you.
I hope you’ve had a few “Oh my gosh, me too!” moments reading something here. I hope you’ve felt hopeful about where Miami is headed, and that you’ve stopped a couple times to think of our many challenges. I hope we’ve made you laugh, and I hope we’ve made you feel “We’ve got this.” 💪
I’m so grateful I got to be a part of this journey for almost three years, and I’m so excited to see where The New Tropic and WhereBy.Us go next. We will remain a place for Miami’s curious locals to figure out how to #livelikeyoulivehere and you’ll still be able to reach us every day at [email protected]. If this goodbye note makes you want to give this job a whirl yourself, you can find more details here.
Plus, you’ll be able to reach me for a little longer at [email protected]. If you want to keep in touch, shoot me a note there – especially if you have tips on where a girl can get a decent cafecito in New York City, where I’ll be shivering for the next year and a half, helping newsrooms around the world work alongside their communities the way that I’ve had the immense privilege to do with all of you.