Miami-Dade

Critical Mass
6:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Miami Police Department Addresses "Critical Mess" Biking Event

Ken Bureski is a regular rider at the monthly Critical Mass.
Constanza Gallardo WLRN

A monthly group bike ride in Miami may face police sanctions during its next event.

Critical Mass brings thousands of cyclists on the last Friday of every month as a way to promote safe cycling.

The Miami Police Department thinks riders are not following state laws and make the roads dangerous for both cyclists and vehicle drivers.  

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Public Transportation
1:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Metrorail Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary May 20

Credit The Miami Herald

On Tuesday, May 20, Miami-Dade Transit will host a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Metrorail. The party, open to Metrorail riders, will take place at the Government Center station downtown and will include music, giveaways and raffles. 

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Transportation
11:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Why Miami-Dade County Is Raising Transit Fares

Jason Nicholson, 31, of South Beach (above with skateboard), said the 25-cent fare increase won't change his use of the 'long distance car,' his nickname for the bus.
Credit Rachel Morello

Miami-Dade bus and Metrorail commuters will soon have to pay 25 cents more to catch a ride.

The county transit system is increasing its fares for the first time in five years to help offset operating costs. The fare for a one-way trip on Metrobus or Metrorail is increasing from $2 to $2.25, effective October 1. The Metromover will remain free for all users.  

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Transportation
6:30 am
Fri September 20, 2013

How Hailing A Cab In Miami-Dade May Be About To Change

Miami-Dade taxis servicing two of the county's tourist hubs, MIA and PortMiami, could soon be required to take credit cards.
Credit John Davey/Flickr

Miami-Dade commissioners want to make some big changes to the county’s taxi industry.

A slew of reforms are on the table, and county leaders are going to be taking a hard look at them on Tuesday.

Here’s the rundown on what might change:

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Public Services
7:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

What Does The Future Hold For Miami-Dade Libraries?

Librarians and their supporters dogged Mayor Gimenez, budget meeting after budget meeting.
Credit Arianna Prothero/WLRN

The libraries in Miami-Dade County have had a roller-coaster ride this summer. In July, the county decided to not raise taxes even at the expense of closing down 22 libraries. Over time, the number of libraries slated for closure grew smaller until it arrived at zero, but the system still faced cuts to staffing and hours of operation.

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Social Welfare
5:57 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Wilkins Steps Down As DCF Secretary, Scott Taps Jacobo Interim

David Wilkins
Credit Miami Herald

After weeks under fire following the deaths of four children, David Wilkins on Thursday abruptly resigned as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that Wilkins had stepped down "to pursue opportunities in the private sector and to provide more attention to his foundation." 

Scott also tapped as interim secretary Esther Jacobo, the regional managing director for DCF's southern region, which serves Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. 

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Diversity
11:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

What The Lack Of Asian-Americans Says About Miami

Before Elaine Chen moved to Miami, she'd heard it was a diverse place. But when she got here, she wondered where all the other Asians were.

“Miami is the face of America's future” is a refrain I’ve heard often.  It seems a point of pride that Miami is leading the rest of the country in our racial diversity.

But this statement is only true if you disregard people like me, Asian-Americans.

The U.S. population is about six percent Asian-American. Chicago has a slightly higher share, and Boston and New York have about 10 percent and 14 percent, respectively.   

 Miami-Dade County has less than two percent. That’s lower than the percentage of Asian-Americans for the entire state of Florida. 

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Diversity
6:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Se Habla Espanol? Pioneering Bilingual Ed At Miami's Coral Way Elementary

A first-grade, Spanish-language reading class at Coral Way Elementary in 1964. A thermometer on the wall shows that it was cold on that winter day.
Credit University of Arizona's Coral Way Bilingual Elementary Program Oral History Project

The first English/Spanish bilingual education program in the country started at Miami's Coral Way Elementary in 1963. It was supposed to be a temporary curriculum to help Cuban students retain their language and culture, while people waited for the Castro regime to fall. 

Today the school, which has since expanded to the eighth grade, continues to thrive. Coral Way's elementary students spend about 60% of the day learning in English and 40% learning in Spanish.

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Entrepreneurship
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Get Rid Of Your Junk With A College Hunk

Miami franchise owners Christopher Poore (left) and Ron Rick (right).
Credit Steve Boxall

Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Poore opens the door with a warm and welcoming smile. He turns and walks back into his new office. A lounge area with couches and a wooden table are off to one side in front of a wall painted bright orange and green, the colors of his alma mater. 


His business partner Ron Rick ,23, enters the room sporting a buzz cut and green polo shirt with a muscle man logo on it. The two are laid-back entrepreneurs who became friends as undergraduates at the University of Miami.

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Nerddom
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Miami Gets Street Cred As One Of The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities In America

Credit http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3ohfi4/

Behind the allure of bikinis and board shorts, Miami residents possess a sea of Star Trek costumes.

At least that's one conclusion you might draw from a recent article in Movodo, a real estate website.  The criteria used to determine the winners, while not scientific, is telling of the "nerd demographic" that our city has nurtured over the years.  Here is a quick rundown of the data used to determine the winners:

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Needle Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

University of Miami Medical Students Push For Needle-Exchange Program

These needles were found under an I-95 overpass in Overtown.
Hansel Tookes

A group of students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is behind an effort to get Florida to implement a syringe-exchange program in the state. A bill under consideration in the Florida Legislature would establish a pilot program in Miami-Dade  allowing intravenous drug users to turn in dirty needles and syringes in exchange for clean ones.

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Canoe Project
6:28 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Terence Cantarella Launches Monday 4/16. Why Is He Doing This?

Map of South Florida canals from 1924.
Florida State Archives.

Terence Cantarella launches on his four day Canoe Project exploration on Monday morning from near NE 69th St. and Biscayne Blvd. in Miami.

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Canoe Project
6:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos Of Day One Of The Canoe Project

Terence Cantarella

Take a look at some of the stunning photos taken by Terence Cantarella as he canoes through Miami-Dade county’s canals this week. Terence is the man behind the Canoe Project here at WLRN.

The Canoe Project is an effort to shed some light on the unrecognized backdrop to our lives here in Miami-Dade: our city’s vast network of canals. These waterways completely surround us, yet, many of us don’t know where they go or why they are there.

Canoe Project
6:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Interview: Jim Mullin On Sean Rowe’s Miami-Dade Canal Adventure

Jim Mullin

Sean Rowe was hired by Miami New Times in June 1990 by Jim Mullin.  Rowe was the first person we know of who circumnavigated Miami’s canals. We asked Mullin, who is now the publisher and editor of Biscayne Times, what it was like to be his editor on this project over two decades ago.

Q: How did you first learn about Sean’s plan and what was your initial reaction?

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Canoe Project
6:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Photos: Day Three Of The Canoe Project

Terence Cantarella

Here are some great photos taken by Terence Cantarella on the third day of his journey as he paddles through Miami-Dade’s canals.  On day three of his journey, Terence canoed down the Miami River where cargo ships surrounded him. He also made his way through Blue Lagoon on his way to Coral Gables. Terence will eventually end his trip today near Coconut Grove.  Be sure to join us in celebrating the end of Terence’s journey today at Scotty’s Landing in the Grove this evening at 6 p.m.

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