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    Great post, Archit_K.

    Pound for pound, I think the new architecture is better in Miami than in NYC. Buildings in Miami and MB need more street-level retail, though.

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    Thumbs up Absolut Lofts

    Miami Beach Project # 10

    Absolute Lofts
    6365 Collins Avenue
    (Miami, Florida)

    Type: Luxury Condos
    Units: 1, 2, & 3 Bedrooms
    Building Height: 63 Stories
    Total Units: 386
    Square Footage: 998sf to 1,776sf


    The ABSOLUT LOFTS are twenty spectacular residences divided in two types of units: ten Garden Lofts (on the second and third level of the building) and ten Penthouse Lofts (on the top two stories). All the Absolut Lofts are two stories high, and feature spectacular open spaces with dramatic 18 feet ceilings matched by oversized floor-to-ceiling windows. There are three different types of floor plans available: Premium (two bedroom - two bath), Superior (two bedroom - two bath) and Supreme (three bedroom - three bath).

    Amenities:
    -Private covered parking on the first level of the building
    -Large sun deck area with a spacious lap-pool and an open-air fitness center
    -A "petite concierge" service during the day
    -Main entrance secured by intercom system
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    Thumbs up The Meridian Lofts

    Miami Beach Project # 11


    The Meridian Lofts
    2001 Meridian Avenue
    Miami Beach, Florida

    Type: Lofts
    Units: Studios, 1 & 2 Bedroom Lofts
    Building Height: 5 Stories
    Total Units: 111


    The Meridian caters to those seeking sophistication, space, comfort and convenience. Located just steps away from Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road mall, the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, and close to schools, banks, churches, synagogues, restaurants and some of the city’s finest cultural and nightlife venues.The Meridian offers buyers a true community-oriented lifestyle.The ultra-modern lofts are expansive, with soaring ceiling heights and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto large balconies, offering open spaces with endless light and panoramic views of the Miami skyline and the recently renovated 128 acre world class golf course, The Miami Beach Golf Club.

    Amenities: The Meridian is not just about space, it's about how that space is used. In the bathroom and the kitchen Poggen Pohl cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops have been specifically selected to enhance your loft experience and create an environment that is as special as you are. Our public spaces are just as innovative as our private ones. We've designed a rooftop pool that captures every bit of South Beach's sunlight. A rooftop spa to soak away every bit of stress. And a fitness center to tone every bit of your body. Imagine starting the day with a sunrise swim. Enjoying friends and family beside our private rooftop pool. And then watching the sunset from your personal perch in the sky.

    Resident Listing:
    -Spacious units with soaring ceiling heights.
    -Exposed concrete floors and ceilings
    -Floor to ceiling laminated glass windows
    -Laundry closet with stackable washer and dryer.
    -High efficiency air conditioning and heating.
    -Smoke detectors.
    -Oversized terraces or balconies, see individual floor plans.
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    Miami Beach Project # 12

    Bayview Lofts
    Normandy Isle
    Miami, Florida

    Type: Lofts
    Units: Studios, 1 bdrms & 2 bdrms
    Building Height: 18 Floors
    Total Units: 22
    Square Footage: 1,255 - 1,488

    BayView Lofts

    22 exclusive two-bedrooms, two and a half bathroom residencies with floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

    Loft Features:
    -18 ft Ceilings
    -Spacious terraces and balconies
    -Marble master bathroom with designer bowl sinks and faucets.
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    Default US Rep. Lehman dies at 91, "father of Metrorail"

    Posted on Thu, Mar. 17, 2005

    WILLIAM LEHMAN 1913-2005
    U.S. Rep. followed `internal compass'

    Former U.S. Rep. William Lehman died Wednesday at 91, after a career that brought him from a small-stakes car dealer to one of the nation's most influential congressmen.

    BY AMY DRISCOLL
    adriscoll@herald.com

    Former U.S. Rep. William Lehman, a legendary figure of South Florida politics considered a visionary on racial issues and public transit, died Wednesday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

    He was 91. He died of heart failure, his family said.

    A used-car salesman, teacher, school board chairman and powerful congressman who exercised broad authority over transportation spending in the United States, Lehman was remembered by friends and former staffers as a compassionate soul and a progressive voice who helped shape South Florida.

    He was an Alabama-born Jew who opened a business in a black neighborhood in Miami and once traveled to Cuba to rescue political prisoners.
    Known at home as the father of the Metrorail and Metromover systems, he was part of a renowned generation of Democratic politicians, including U.S. Reps. Dante Fascell and Claude Pepper, who delivered uncommon clout to Florida.

    ''A person like this can only come along in a community once in a century, twice in a century if you're lucky,'' said John Schelble, once Lehman's press spokesman and now chief of staff to Miami Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek. ``He was truly colorblind.''

    At the news of his passing, condolences poured forth, from Miami to Washington.

    A REAL `FOLK HERO'

    Former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek called him a ''real humanitarian and folk hero'' in Miami's poor communities. She recalled his car dealership, set in the heart of black Miami, and his fight as a school board member in support of mandatory busing to integrate schools.

    ''He felt very strongly about the people in the black community, and that wasn't just pious platitudes. He showed it in all the things he did. He showed it when he built his dealership. He showed it when he was on the school board,'' she said.

    Mike Abrams, lobbyist and former state representative who had known Lehman since the 1970s, said the former congressman was guided by an unshakable sense of right and wrong.

    ''He was the most moral man I ever knew in politics -- and I've known a lot of men in politics. He was clearly guided by his personal principles,'' Abrams said. ``But that didn't mean he didn't know how to use his knuckles in the process. If he didn't think you had character, forget it. He was a character man all the way.''

    Lehman's ability to reach people wasn't ruled by politics. U.S. Reps. Clay Shaw and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both Republicans, counted Lehman as a friend.

    ''He was a Democrat through and through, and I'm a Republican, but that never interfered with our friendship,'' Shaw said.

    Ros-Lehtinen characterized him as ``a gentleman to his last breath.''

    Lehman was born Oct. 5, 1913, in Selma, Ala., the son of candy factory owners. He graduated from the University of Alabama, and married the former Joan Feibelman in 1939. They became the parents of three children -- two sons and a daughter, Kathryn, who died of a brain tumor in 1979. She had been a high school English teacher like her father.

    `ALABAMA BILL'

    He spent 30 years as a used car dealer, calling himself ''Alabama Bill'' in advertisements, before he got into politics. Lehman was elected to the Dade County School Board in 1966 and became chairman in 1971. His first election to Congress to represent a Northeast Dade district came in 1972.

    The Biscayne Park Democrat was known for his low-key manner, for the Southern drawl he never lost -- and for his political power.

    ''The fact that he was so demonstrably Southern probably gave him an ability to play a conciliatory and constructive role in some of Florida's toughest times,'' said former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.

    In the years when the Democrats held sway in Congress, he rose to a position of great influence, a member of the so-called ''college of cardinals'' in the House. With an unpolished speaking style and quiet strength, he controlled billions of dollars for transportation as chairman for 10 years of the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee overseeing highways, seaports and mass-transit systems.

    MILLIONS FOR TRANSIT

    He brought a significant portion of that money home to South Florida, with some $800 million going to the construction of the Metrorail transit system. Millions secured by Lehman also went to build bridges and improve the region's seaports and airports.

    ''Anyone who rides a bus or takes a train in this area, they owe it to Mr. Lehman,'' Carrie Meek said. ``That's the way poor people get around and he chose to make that his priority.''

    Other favorite causes included support for Israel and the resettlement of Soviet Jews.

    Sergio Bendixen, a Miami-based pollster who worked in Lehman's Washington office as press secretary and executive assistant from 1979 to 1982, said the congressman didn't need the trappings of success to boost his ego.

    SMALL OFFICE

    ''He chose the smallest office -- a cubbyhole, really,'' Bendixen recalled. ``He was a congressman. He knew he was powerful. He didn't need all the plaques on the wall and the symbols that seemed to make other members of Congress happy. He was secure.''

    Lehman was an unabashed liberal who voted against a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning, against military aid to the rebels fighting to topple Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government and against sending troops to the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War.

    PRISONER RELEASE

    But he won respect among conservative Cuban exiles in 1988 when he went to Cuba and negotiated the release of three political prisoners.

    It wasn't his first effort for victims of political repression: In 1981, he won release of a political prisoner in Argentina, and in 1984, he smuggled a synthetic heart valve to a young patient in a hospital in the Soviet Union. He was also a strong advocate for Haitian refugees.

    ''I'm a congressman,'' he told an aide inquiring about the danger of venturing into the Soviet Union. ``If they catch me, what are they going to do?''

    DOWN-TO-EARTH

    Despite his power, Lehman retained his down-to-earth sensibilities. He was a breakfast regular for years at Jimmy's restaurant on Northeast 125th Street in North Miami.

    His two sons remembered him Wednesday as someone who never raised his voice but taught them the value of working for others.

    ''He'd get involved in things and he wouldn't skim the surface -- he'd get down to the very bottom,'' said Bill Lehman Jr.

    ``He just took great pleasure in being a friend to anyone.''

    Their father always listened to his internal compass, financing cars for black customers in the '40s and '50s, when few other white car dealers would, they said.

    ''He would look at a man's arms and if they had salt on them, from sweating, he would know that was a working man,'' said Thomas Lehman. ``That was his credit check.''

    Surgery for jaw cancer in 1983 left Lehman's speech slurred. But he stayed in Congress for another decade, until his surprise decision in 1992 not to seek reelection when his influence was at its height.

    Friends say that even as he struggled with his speech and other health problems, Lehman maintained a sense of humor.

    ''I'm the only politician who can only speak out of one side of his mouth,'' he once joked, referring to treatment that left part of his mouth paralyzed.

    But Lehman said he made up his mind to retire in 1992 for health reasons: He said he had ''a sudden realization'' that a 1991 stroke had made him a less effective legislator.

    END OF ERA

    His passing marks the end of a political era, said lobbyist Ron Book.

    ``They don't make 'em like that anymore -- him, Claude Pepper and Dante Fascell -- they're all gone now.''

    Lehman is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; sons Bill Jr. and Thomas, and six grandchildren.

    The funeral will be at Temple Israel at 1 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the William Lehman Injury Research Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, P.O. Box 016960 (D-55), Miami, FL 33101.

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    ^ (the causeway in Aventura is named after him). He was a very powerful Congressman that was able to secure billions of dollars for transit. Metrorail & Metromover literally wouldn't exist today without his influence at the time. He did a lot for Miami, rest in peace Mr. Lehman.

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    Projects on Miami Beach:

    Another small scale development for the beach, this one at 35th Street and Collins. 4 stories of double-height lofts designed by Kobi Karp.

    http://www.kobikarp.com/index2.html






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    Richard Meier on Miami Beach


    http://www.beachhousemiami.com/

    Read more at Triple Mint:
    http://www.triplemint.com/triplemint/

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    Just back from a couple of weeks in Miami and Key West. Lots of decent projects going up and continued renovation of art deco treasures.

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