Skyrise Miami


A prominent Miami developer is getting ready to unveil a proposal for a colossal bayfront observation tower and vertical — not to say vertigo-inducing — amusement center in downtown Miami that he believes will become the city’s analogue to the Eiffel Tower.

The SkyRise Miami tower would thrust up 1,000 feet on a spit of land behind Bayside Marketplace, making it — at least for a time — the tallest structure in the city.

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Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Sign WorldCenter Leases

The Miami Worldcenter team has landed flagship retail tenants for its massive downtown Miami project. Macy’s and upscale sister department store chain Bloomingdale’s have signed leases to open stores once the 750,000-square-foot retail component of Worldcenter is completed, industry sources said. The Worldcenter principals and retailers plan to announce the transaction within the next few weeks. Securing leases with Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s is a major coup for Worldcenter. The project site is located between the transformative Brickell CityCentre development under construction in Miami’s financial district and Midtown Miami. CityCentre developer Swire Properties has formed a partnership with the Whitman family, which built and owns the Bal Harbour Shops, for the retail component of that $1.1 billion project. No retail tenants have been announced by the partnership.

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I-395 Flying Land Bridge is Back


I-395 will be grand, again. The plan to build a new signature highway span to replace the now-horrendous I-395 that divides downtown Miami is back. FDOT had originally planned a monumental bridge to garner public support for the project, then pulled out a “bait & switch” on the public with a much more plain jane (as the Miami Herald called it) varietal called a “segmented span”. Even the name was boring, as commissioners and just about everyone knew as they reacted with shock and horror, and FDOT was quickly slapped with a lawsuit by no less than Mayor Regalado and Commissioner Sarnoff.

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Incredible Archives of South Beach in the 80’s

Photographer Donna Dunson, who documented the early artsy, crazy days, of South Beach, has created a Facebook page to share her archives, a visual odyssey of old South Beach, with the world. South Beach in 1980 was the South Beach of legends, the glory days of artists and bohemians, the South Beach people tell stories about, the South Beach which is mourned among the tourists, and Donna Dunson was there to candidly, roughly, beautifully photograph the daily stream of life.

Check out the gallery inside!

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Walmart Supercenter Coming to Pompano Beach


Major retailer Walmart is set to open one of its Supercenters at a Pompano Beach site next week.

The 93,000-square-foot store officially opens at 5001 North Federal Highway on Wednesday, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Walmart is closing a 117,000-square-foot store four miles away at 300 West Copans Road in conjunction with the Supercenter opening, and snagged 41,000 square feet at Palmetto Gardens Plaza just last month.


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Brickell City Centre’s Front Door Will be Miami’s Tallest Tower


One Brickell CityCentre, the tower being planned by Swire Properties to cap off the Brickell CityCentre megaproject with a triumphal frontage on Biscayne Boulevard will be—if the Federal Aviation Administration let’s them have their way—the tallest building in Miami, easily trumping the next tallest, the 830 foot Panorama Tower that Tibor Hollo is building nearby by 270 feet for a grand total of 1100 feet in height. Btdubs, it’ll also be the tallest building south of Manhattan, taller than the Chrysler Building, and the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York and Chicago. Finally, following the official definition of the term, which is a building over 1,000 feet, One Brickell CityCentre will be Miami’s first ‘supertall tower.


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