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    Quote Originally Posted by elchevere View Post
    Did stop off at The Collection in Coral Gables to test drive a few cars....drove through the Gables on University Dr past The Biltmore and numerous tree lined streets--can see why Matt loves this town.


    Oh, and Ive already run into the mentally retarded homeless guy who walks around town in hospital scrubs talking to himself at a couple of coffee places.
    Glad to hear you are settling in finally. Living in a hotel would drive me crazy.

    CORAL GABLES:
    Yeah, Coral Gables is really nice. I think my issue is the place is a tad too sleepy (basing this on my limited time there). If I was living with a girlfriend or married with kids it would be a very plausible place to live.

    BRICKELL/HOMELESS
    On the homeless issue: I saw very few homeless in Miami on my last visit (2015). Though I live in downtown LA which specializes in the homeless. I stayed in Brickell. I didn't see a ton of homeless. As I said, I think that is where I would start my Miami journey as well.

    One gripe I did have with Brickell: I would prefer more parks/open space, esp. would be nice if they had a continuous pubic promenade along Biscayne Bay. I hear there are plans for one but private ownership of a lot of bayside parcels is an obstacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCal View Post
    Glad to hear you are settling in finally. Living in a hotel would drive me crazy.

    CORAL GABLES:
    Yeah, Coral Gables is really nice. I think my issue is the place is a tad too sleepy (basing this on my limited time there). If I was living with a girlfriend or married with kids it would be a very plausible place to live.

    BRICKELL/HOMELESS
    On the homeless issue: I saw very few homeless in Miami on my last visit (2015). Though I live in downtown LA which specializes in the homeless. I stayed in Brickell. I didn't see a ton of homeless. As I said, I think that is where I would start my Miami journey as well.

    One gripe I did have with Brickell: I would prefer more parks/open space, esp. would be nice if they had a continuous pubic promenade along Biscayne Bay. I hear there are plans for one but private ownership of a lot of bayside parcels is an obstacle.
    Skid Row in LA is tecnically 50 blocks. It's mostly concentated by Union Mission and the old Greyhound station. I'm sure tou're more aware about that than I.

    There are homeless people in near Brickell. The smart one's moved to LA where they can make a living collecting cans and bottles. Miami is far behind in that aspect.


    Shucks ! went on a tangent. SoCasl: if you're comfy in LA - don't move. If you want to dummy down .. no better place than FL.

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    Parks and open spaces in Miami..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Yeah, birckell had the chance to be one of the great urban neighborhoods in America when it began developing a residential component 10-15 years ago. But instead of intelligent planning and design, the city went all in on cash and what we got was a glut of nondescript highrises that nobody outside of the real estate industry is very excited about. Not that foresight has even been the strongsuit of a city built on a swamp, but we definitely blew that one. Quality of life in Brickell is zero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackford Oakes View Post
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    P.S. I need to redact my previous comment about MB. My haste, my bad. Fisher did't start dredging and creating MB till 1923. Before then it wasn't a beach. To Marc's credit, it looks " real" and considered one of the country's best beaches. Props to the Army Corp of Engineers for keeping it " real."

    I might be off a year or two.... that's why we have RK around, to correct my mistatements and keeping it really real.
    Well. since you asked

    As best as I know, Fisher did not widen the current "beach" (on the ocean side of MB) at all. He did, however, create most of what we know as Miami Beach by dredging and filling in most of MB west of about Meridian Ave, essentially doubling the land area. It was a low-lying swamp often under water, which explains somewhat the current flooding at high tide on that side even today. He also, of course, laid out many of the original roads and plans for the beach, as well as many buildings, and brought boat racing to MB, and.... He got his start on the beach after Collins ran out of funds to complete his bridge, and Fisher had funds...

    As for dates, most of the dredging by Fisher was between 1913 and 1927, so you're about right on that.

    As for what many think of as the beach, i.e. along the ocean, that had been reduced to a narrow ribbon by 1970, mainly due to erosion caused in part by overbuilding to the waters edge, so it was impassable at high tide. The Army Corp of Engineers restored and greatly widened it in the late 1970's to about 1981. It has since been replenished several times, about once every 5 years on average (in parts, not all of it). The sand is replenished least often south of fifth street, and that's why it's finer there and wading is the best.

    Slightly OT, but in case they remove the ability to add new posts, thanks for keeping the site lively during the last several years. I always enjoyed the real-world experience you brought to the table and thinking outside the box.

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