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Eyesore of the Month – Lincoln Marti

Who overfed Rainbow Brite and unleashed her on this corner?

This building, located on the southwest corner of one of the busiest and most visible intersections in Miami (SW 8 ST & SW 27 AVE), is home to one of several branches of Lincoln Marti Schools in Miami-Dade County.

Interlude: You may recall that Lincoln Marti is the same school attended by the poster child for all political pawns – the indelible Elian Gonzalez aka Eliansito. Elian was not only fortunate enough to have been treated to Cheeseburger Happy Meals, a visit to Walt Disney World, and a black Labrador puppy courtesy of United States Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, he was also afforded the opportunity to partake in the Cuban Heritage Program at Lincoln Marti, a program”especially developed to strengthen the Cuban roots of those children born in the United States of Cuban ancestry as well as bridge a deeper understanding among those American and Latin American students who care to know about the history of a country that even though small in size has had an enormous influence in the history of the United States and the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, children – the ones a sober pre-Bobby Whitney Houston once believed were our future – attend class in a structure with windows and doors purposely “blacked out” with bright reds, blues, yellows and greens. That means no sunshine. That means no view. That means staring at la ticher and the chalkboard – that’s it – for a minimum of 6 hours a day.

Not only are Whitney’s children forced to “learn” in this environment everyday, but thousands upon thousands of pedestrians and motorists alike are forced to witness this on a daily basis as well.

I turn to you, my readers, for ideas on what we can do to improve the quality of life of innocent children and the not-so-innocent adults who allow them to inhabit an environment as such.

The comments section is now open. Please chat amongst yourselves.

Feel free to visit Lincoln Marti online, a one-stop shop where you can learn about the school’s curriculum, see pictures of Elian’s School, pick up “El Album de Elian” in their online store, and purchase mamey/sapote by the pound. While you’re there, don’t forget to make a donation using your very own PayPal account.

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305-491-7179 or SalgadoA@gmail.com.

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Eyesore of the Month

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Does anybody have the number to the Karma Police?

I need them to, at the very least, question whoever is responsible for this immediately, if not sooner.

This is Barcelona Condominiums, a new 71-unit affordable housing project currently under construction at 2217 NW 7 St in Miami that promotes and offers the opportunity for homeownership instead of the usual for rent affordable housing. The acute lack of local affordable housing coupled with the Miami Herald’s well-documented abuses of those chosen to provide a solution to the problem, make affordable housing projects like these a welcome addition to the city.

I commend any developer willing to tackle the issue of affordable housing. However, is there a reason why affordable housing has to look so…well, affordable?

When will local leaders, planners, developers and the general populace realize that affordable housing and good design can co-exist? Low cost housing doesn’t have to mean low quality housing. Good design, especially in the affordable housing sector, should meet the users’ needs, enhance the neighborhood and should be built to last.

Although this building stands to offer a short-term solution to 71 families in need of affordable shelter, it fails to address the long-term needs of those very families and more importantly, the community as a whole. A quick look at the structure will tell you that it’s obsolete even before it has been completed. I can only wonder what it will look like 10 years from now.

An unmasqueraded parking garage fronting a building that fronts a major thoroughfare? Come on!

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I’m no architect (although I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night), but why not create a pedestrian friendly arcade or colonnade to provide the residents with some necessary refuge from the hot sun on those dreadful Miami summer days? Can we do something about the Pepto-Bismol pink that easily identifies the building from SR-836? Why the balconies in white?

Does anybody out there have any ideas as to what we can do to save the people who will eventually occupy this building?

By the way, take a look at the “sales pitch” below:

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En espaƱol:

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Now take a look at the following photo-op disguised as a “ground breaking ceremony”:

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Does anything catch your attention?

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305-491-7179 or SalgadoA@gmail.com.

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