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Old Posted Mar 22, 2009, 5:58 PM
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Miami Part 2: More downtown, girls dancing on tables, misc. aerials

Part 2 of 2 from my recent trip to Miami. Part 1 is here.

I tried to get some streetscapes, but with limited time and opportunity these are the best I could do:






The right half of this photo is the Marriott, where I stayed:


View from my room, with Miami Beach in the distance:


A closer look at Miami Beach:


Cutouts, like these on the Doubletree, are very popular:


Looking the other way from my room:




Met 2 under construction:






I didn't get close enough to see what this is, but hopefully one of the locals will say:


I stumbled upon this site thinking they were preparing a site for construction:


But it turned out to be an archeological site called Miami Circle:




Trinity Cathedral is next door to my hotel:
















I did make it out to South Beach a couple of times, but mostly at night. The best I could do were a few shots sampling the highrise architecture.








We went to this place for dinner:


A belly dancer danced on our table:


Which got pretty much the whole restaurant doing the same:


There were a couple if interesting sites on the way home. Like this huge geometric development somewhere on the gulf coast:


Does anyone know what and where this is:


Lake Mead and Hoover Dam


Las Vegas:


Yosemite Valley:


Moffett Field, Mt. View, southern Palo Alto:


Stanford and Palo Alto in back, East Palo Alto in the foreground:


Foster City office parks:


Thanks for stopping in.
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More sweet shots. I wish Miami would have erected some modern Art Deco structures to match the endless Deco hotels on Ocean Drive and all over South Beach. Chicago has some great examples of modern Deco towers. However, Miami is looking wonderful with what has been done!
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lots more cool shots - a pity you didn't get more time on Miami Beach - it seemed to me that was the real 'soul' of the city - great vibe, beautiful people and wonderful deco architecture... all those condo towers in downtown... I'm just not sure... massive overdevelopment = massive property crash in the present gloomy climate... I know which bit of the city I'd rather live in...
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Nice pictures again. I liked seeing some "regular" buildings like the church, on top of all fo the condos. I also liked that picture of the Strip.

That big circular development is located near Grove City, on the other side of the bay from Punta Gorda.
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lots more cool shots - a pity you didn't get more time on Miami Beach - it seemed to me that was the real 'soul' of the city - great vibe, beautiful people and wonderful deco architecture... all those condo towers in downtown... I'm just not sure... massive overdevelopment = massive property crash in the present gloomy climate... I know which bit of the city I'd rather live in...
as a former Miamian, I agree that Miami Beach is an interesting locale and has wonderful street activity. However, Miami proper definitely has "soul" and many areas with a great vibe, too... just not really downtown (but it is getting better).

As for the "massive overdevelopment = massive property crash in the present gloomy climate", that's pretty much what's been said about Manhattan many times over the course of residential building booms for the past century. Miami is, of course, not Manhattan, but it is a highly sought-after, international real estate market; and a region built on economic booms and busts over the past 100 years. The latest development of condo towers in Miami is not the first time this has happened there. The timing was right for this latest boom starting about 5-6 years ago or so, so they were built while the market was hot, with full knowledge that the massive growth phase was unsustainable and that many units would remain unoccupied for years. Those condos are not going anywhere. The bottom line is, there was available land on or very near the water in South Florida, and market conditions were perfect at the time to begin construction.
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You certainly had a fantastic view from your hotel room! I'm jealous! I enjoyed both of your Miami photo threads.
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These are nice shots.
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I see you stayed at the Marriott Biscaybe Bay.
I work at the doubletree Grand next door.
I hope you enjoyed the views from your room and also Miami.
BTW, Opa is a nice place to have fun did you dance on the table???
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More nice shots.

the geometric circle things is a suburban development called Rotonda.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotonda_West,_Florida

The tower you were wondering about is the Brickell Financial Center, another office building u/c, like Met2. http://www.brickellfinancialcentre.com/
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Great shots peanut. I'll have to post mine, I got to tour some of the new Brickell condo towers.
For those concerned about Miami real estate, dont worry Miami is highly coveted in many ways and will have no problem bouncing back and absorbing those units...
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Just got back from Miami yesterday! Love the area. great pics!
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Just as good as the first thread.
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