Miami Beach Wanderings & Photos
I really enjoyed my time in Miami Beach. This means, you’ll have to suffer through another post of photos [FYI: Next up: The Bahamas urbanism and Florida's foreclosure-villes at Miami's edge]. Here we go …
This photo was taken on a walk northward up the boardwalk along South Beach. It’s a mid-sized Tuscan-Villa -styled building (hotel/bar?) surrounded by high rises. It is out of place – yet, I’m positive the building is newer. In fact, I’d put money on it.
Blue glass. Frank Gehry inspired? Funky. Post-modern. The Fontainebleau.
The boardwalk is great -probably one of America’s best public beach / boardwalks. Homeless people love it here. Vendors do, too. You can buy water and pop/soda off guys dragging coolers behind. I’m not confident they have the proper licensing, but if you need water on a hot day, it’s an awesome amenity.
I like this building, this Hotel Victor. It’s simple. Art Deco, but not really. $500 a night was a tad steep, so I didn’t get to see what the inside was like – but I’m going to assume it was nice. I also loved how most hotels had cafes at street level – reminds me of a handful of places in Australia.
“END HOMELESSNESS” – is what the charity parking meter politely says! While collections nickels and dimes are unlikely to make a dent in Miami’s visibly large homeless population, I’ll give them credit for a great idea. I’d love to see something like this on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis or along Grand Ave in St. Paul. It is a creative way to fundraiser and adds a little something to the street scape [Streets.MN fundraiser idea!? Who knows, perhaps].
Ocean Blvd and 8th Street. I must have walked up and down this road a dozen times in a few short days. As I wrote yesterday, Ocean Blvd sometimes has too many people. Too much street life – walking on the west side of the street can be chaotic.
I almost ate breakfast here. It’s a great building – but a little to fancy for my wallet’s likings. People who know me won’t be surprised when I say that I’d be more comfortable eating breakfast at the place below:
Mickey’s Diner in Miami. The difference? This place serves beer.
And, here is the hotel; the Richmond. Nice place. Good price. Cool pool. On the beach. Feel free to alert TripAdvisor of the positive comments.