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What Miami is talking about

More and more people in communities across the U.S. are being forced to leave their homes and neighborhoods because of sea level rise. And while that info is somewhat well known, a new study shows that poor and underserved communities could be missing out on a prime solution to avoiding those rising waters.

The study looked at FEMA data from the past 30 years and found the majority of the 43,000 homes that the government purchased to demolish and use against sea level rise were concentrated in wealthier counties.

That information is a red flag for researchers and activists because poorer communities that could face the same risks of rising seas won’t be able to just sell their properties to leave their vulnerable neighborhoods.

And while Florida seems like the most likely place for these kind of buyouts, it hasn’t been. Our state ranked 23rd on the list of buyouts, and only two FEMA buyouts have happened in Miami-Dade.

In other news…

And speaking of sea level rise, the town of Cutler Bay is taking a unique step as they take a closer look at the impact of rising seas. Back in July, town leaders halted any development east of Old Cutler Road as they study how to make projects in that area of the town more environmentally friendly and sustainable. (Miami Herald)

The security boost at County Hall is mostly a mystery. Last week, Miami-Dade County leaders approved more than $2 million in spending on extra security and technology at the Government Center, but staff didn’t provide much detail on what prompted the additional spending outside of saying “several specific incidents” caused them to beef up security. (Miami Today)

Could Miami-Dade College’s downtown campus get dorms? The plan is far from set but representatives from the school and County Commissioner Eileen Higgins said the school is considering acquiring the land that houses the Harry Cain Tower — a public housing complex that the county recently decided to close — to potentially build student housing. (Miami Herald)

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What’s up in Hialeah

This week we asked you to share your questions about Hialeah’s culture, history and character. After receiving questions from y’all, we’ve narrowed them down to three questions that we’re putting up for a vote:

  • What is Hialeah’s origin story?
  • What are the main highlights or features of the underground music scene in Hialeah?
  • What’s the story of Hialeah Park?

So which one should we answer? Let us know here. We’ll add up the votes, announce the winning question, and then work on getting you an answer later this month.

Events

Things to do

Check out this event from our advertiser, Perez Art Museum Miami.

🎨 Teresita Fernández Opening Celebration at PAMM Join us on Oct. 17 as Teresita Fernández discusses her special exhibition “Elemental” and how her work has led her to this mid-career retrospective.

Our partner events

Saturday

🖼️ Meet more than 25 local artists during an open house at Fountainhead Studios (Little River)

💃 Dance on the rooftop with us and the Love Tempo DJs at the Citadel (Little River)

Sunday

🌝 Dance under the Hunter Moon at The Edition (Miami Beach)

🚴 Ride your bike on a tour of historic sites in the Brownsville neighborhood (Brickell)

Thursday, October 17

💃 Hop on a trolley and check out free dance performances, film screenings and open artists' studios on this Culture Crawl (Miami Beach)

🥗 Taste and learn how to make your fave plant-based Della Bowls at this Downtown Doral workshop (Doral)

🧟 Saturday, October 19: Don your best flesh-eating sports attire for this 1.3 mile Zombie Run (Pinecrest)

👨🏿‍💻 Thursday, October 24: Network at the Black Men Talk Tech Unicorn Ambition Conference (Downtown)

Around town

Today

🤓 Geek out at a special fifth-anniversary edition of Nerd Nite Miami (Wynwood)

🎸 Check out the Whiskey Wolves of the West at Lost Boy (Downtown)

💡 Learn how to take your plans from idea to reality at this forum (Allapattah)

Tomorrow

🎥 Check out a screening of "Clemency" at the Tower Theater (Little Havana)

🏕️ Camp out in the city at the MUCE Campus – through Oct. 13 (Little Haiti)

Saturday

🎥 Watch a screening of a modern-day take on "Les Misérables," by director Ladj Ly (Little Havana)

🍻 Get your taste of more than 400 craft brews at Grovetoberfest (Coconut Grove)

🧘‍♀️ Discover how to balance your lifestyle and inner-self utilizing the five elements of nature and the power of intention (Mimo)

Sunday

🎸 Rock with the women and non-binary adult campers of MGRC: XLR as they perform original songs at Churchill's (Little Haiti)

🏳️‍🌈 Party at the second-annual Hialeah Pride festival (Hialeah)

🎃 Walk through a pumpkin patch and eat pumpkin flavored goodies at this street fair (North Beach)

😋 Eat an authentic Cuban brunch with live music by Cortadito (Brickell)

Monday

😋 Savor the flavors of the Mediterranean at Chef Allen's farm-to-table dinner (Downtown)

🌔 Gaze at the Hunter's Moon through a telescope at the Deering Estate (Pinecrest)

Tuesday

🎶 Groove with Terrestrial Funk at Gramps (Wynwood)

🎨 Slurp up some free ice cream by Dasher and Crank at this art installation (Brickell)

Wednesday

🎻 Check out a showcase of viola-centric work at New World Symphony (South Beach)

💀 See a theatrical tale filled with ghosts, skulls and bones in the Olympia Theater lobby (Downtown)

🎥 Watch a screening of "The Connection" by director Shirley Clarke (Miami Beach)

One more thing...

Transit Alliance Miami is still collecting feedback for the Better Bus Project, and the organization is hosting a workshop tomorrow night to hear what you think about their countywide bus redesign.

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Head here to RSVP and get more info.

Have a great Friday, Jr.! We’ll catch you tomorrow, Miami.

— The New Tropic

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