My choices for the Top 10 Miami Stories in 2018.
1/ FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapses, killing 6 and setting off a national investigation. See my most read piece of the year: FIU’s Fallen Bridge, how did we get here?
2/ Kendall Parkway passes MDX approval awaiting National Approval. See my piece on The Problem with the Kendall Parkway
3/ Brightline Opens in South Florida with much fanfare, showing the proof of private rail. See my piece, Brightline Connects South Florida
4/ Magic City Innovation District wins the first round of approvals and is one of many projects looking to dramatically change Little Haiti. See my piece on Special Area Plans, Finding the Magic No. 9 in the Magic City
5/ Miami Voters approve Melreese Golf Course as site for Soccer Stadium. See my piece, MLS @ Melreese? Time to vote.
7/ Miami Dade Officials greenlight American Dream Mall to the chagrin of transportation and climate activists.
8/ 3 Million Venezuelans flee their home country, many to South Florida, representing a new wave of immigration, primarily to neighborhoods such as Doral, Coral Way, and Kendall.
9/ New Tax bill in Washington creates Opportunity Zones, accelerating growth in specific areas of Miami. See my piece, Opportunity Knocks in Miami’s “Opportunity Zones”
10/ Francis Suarez loses “Strong Mayor” bid, keeping the County Mayor as the main seat of executive power.
Happy New Year!