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Monday, July 18, 2016

What should we make of this new campaign from The New Tropic: #MiamisNeverMovedLikeThis?

What should we make of this new campaign from The New Tropic: #MiamisNeverMovedLikeThis? 

I don't want to sound overly negative but given how consistently bad the tone, tenor and direction of transportation policy in South Florida has been for decades, maybe I'm missing something, but there's no explanation to speak of -a week after first being launched- explaining what sort of depth or expertise the essays in The New Tropic will have, how much independence the authors will have to be openly criticial -when appropriateof Miami area pols & officials (past and present) and Miami's Business Establishment.

No indication of who might be -and won't be- penning them, or even whether, surprise, many will turn out to be little more than slavish/advertorial pro-MDT and Co. content asking consumers and taxpayers to completely ignore the myopic, second-rate culture and CYA attitude towards residents that's held sway the past 40 years and... to just pretend instead.

Again, not to be critical but to me, it just doesn't seem like the way I'd launch something: in a way that raises more questions than it answers.
I hope to have more on this subject soon, possibly, with some answers and more useful information for you to ponder about @newtropicmiami, including who's really running things there, visibly and behind-the-scenes, and the identity of the parties that are trying to keep it afloat.
People I know, respect and talk to who pay attention to such matters in South Florida have some very definite thoughts about this issue and have not been shy in sharing them with me.


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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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