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Reflections: Calle Ocho (One Week Later)

For 364 days out of the year, the stretch of SW 8 Street (aka Tamiami Trail aka US 41) east of 27th Avenue and west of SW 4th Avenue serves as the commercial destination of choice for residents of Miami’s famed Little Havana neighborhood. Panaderias, fruterias, fritangas, cafeterias, colmados, dulcerias, cigar shops, and dollar stores adorn both sides of the street. Pedestrians, properties built to the property line, and shade trees characterize the brick-paved sidewalks.

For 364 days out of the year, motorists use this same three-lane, one-way eastbound stretch to facilitate their (oftentimes) treacherous commute into Miami’s Financial and Central Business Districts.

One day out of the year, however, barricades are erected, detour signs are mounted, and motorists are forbidden from entering. SW 8 Street becomes

That’s right! Calle Ocho, baby!

Some come to show their latest moves

Some come to get their grub on

Some come to have their snakes pet

while others use the stage to push their agenda

Sidebar: Guess who was smiling when “The Hurt Locker” won the Oscar for Best Picture? Let’s see, we’re fighting a war on two fronts. Coincidence? I may have been born yesterday, sir, but I stayed up all night.

Some come to make a statement

Los fuertes come to do pull-ups.

They come to show national pride

Some come to be seen and not heard

Some come to show their assets off

Anybody got the number to a good orthodontist? Do my girl the favor.

Personally, I come for

and to make new friends

but no matter what you’re here for, don’t forget that this ain’t

baby. We’re in

B¡T¢H! This is for those who were

and it goes a lil’ something like this



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Bye Bye O.B. – The End of an Era

I’m at a loss for words.

Another local landmark fell victim to heavy machinery and I was left to witness it all by my lonesome. Well, the demolition crew was present, but they were too busy sharing jokes, laughing and taking the O.B apart to notice that I was there.

An unfortunate middle-aged gentleman sporting a wide toothless grin was there as well. He was just too busy looking for his next fix to notice that a historic moment was taking place right before his glassy eyes.


That’s the only word I can use to describe the feeling I had this morning. I looked around as if to share some words of solace with someone – anyone, but no one shared my sense of urgency. Cars zoomed by, pedestrians hurried to the bus stop and las viejitas swept the sidewalk.

I could go on and on and on about what the Orange Bowl meant to me. The memories that it created. The fun that it inspired. But it’s not about me. It’s about the demolition of yet another landmark at a time when this city struggles most with creating an identity…

Ah, f*#k it. Nobody cares about that.

What’s your greatest O.B. memory?

I want to know.

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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Neo Lofts – 2 Bed/2 Bath Loft *Short Sale* – $245,000


A professionally designed and fully updated functional loft space on the 15th floor of Neo Lofts was just listed for sale.

This flexible and versatile living space features 1,000 SF of living area with an additional 77 SF of open balcony space that offers a desirable southern view of Miami’s oldest natural landmark – the Miami River – and Miami’s evolving city skyline. Stained concrete floors, European kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances, 11′ ceilings with exposed ducts and pipes, a custom walk-in closet and designer lighting throughout make this a great deal for the buyer with discerning tastes in search of an urban lifestyle.

Building amenities include an infinity-edge beachfront-entry pool, spa, fully equipped fitness center, sauna, steam room, contemporary lounge with billiards, meditation garden with BBQ area, dog park, 24 hr doorman, business center, on-site property manager and valet parking.

Monthly association dues are currently $735.51 ($0.73/SF). However, the Board of Directors at Neo Lofts is scheduled to meet next week in order to adopt a revised operating budget for 2008. The change in the operating budget is due to the Global Closeout Agreement and Settlement Payment Agreement to the Neo Lofts Condominium Association.

The monthly association dues are due to change to $529.82 ($0.53/SF) effective April 2008. $0.53/SF is in line with association fees in established comparable buildings in the area. ASSOCIATION DUES INCLUDE FULLY FUNDED (100%) RESERVES. Neo Lofts Condominium has a very healthy operating and reserves budget.

This is a SHORT SALE subject to THIRD PARTY APPROVAL. Qualified buyers must close with sellers approved closing agent. Pre-approval letter or proof of funds must be submitted with every offer.

The seller paid $410,000 in September 2005 and spent thousands more in tasteful updates and improvements.

Unit 904 – very similar in size, layout, finishes and views, but located 5 floors below the subject – recently closed for $250,000 on March 19, 2008. Take a look at the MLS listing for unit 904.

Call me at 305-491-7179 if you’d like to see this unit.

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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