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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello, Headliners. Today's birthday is celebrated by Little Walter, considered one of the greatest harmonica players of all time. While I try to keep the Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear to less than 10, this is a big day in history:
Enough delay, let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour:

GOP STANDS FOR "GIMME OUR PAYMENTS!"   




TEABAGGED ENOUGH ALREADY?




CRACK MAYOR CORNER:




$COTU$ WATCH:



SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:





FREE THE WEED!!!



IN LGBT NEWS:



WHEN CAPITALISM IS OUTLAWED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL ENGAGE IN CAPITALISM:



ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:



CAN YOU DIG IT?




SARAH PALIN IN THE NEWS AGAIN:






GLENN BECK IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



MSNBC IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





LEGGY MEGGY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



ALLEN WEST IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



BULLY BOY BOLLING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



OUTNUMBERED IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




VIDEO DU JOUR:





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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Grand Day For Grand Avenue ► Gibson Plaza Groundbreaking

Artist rendering: Grand Avenue and Gibson Plaza
A gala day on Grand in The Grove, for the Gibson groundbreaking. This mixed-use, residential-educational building is the first all-new affordable housing built in West Grove in almost 50 years.

Gibson Plaza has been in the planning stages for many years. However, it took a unique and unlikely group of partners to move this project forward, including the Theodore Roosevelt Gibson Memorial Fund, the Coconut Grove Collaborative Development Corporation, Miami-Dade College and the Mitchel Wolfson, Sr. Foundation. Miami-Dade County kicked in $9 million dollars, and Pinnacle Housing Group will construct the Bahamian-styled building that pays homage to West Grove's original inhabitants.

Thelma Gibson's 1st shovelful at the project she helped spearhead
Gibson Plaza, named for Reverend Theodore R. Gibson and Thelma Gibson, will be geared to the 55-and-up demographic, with 56 one and two bedroom units. Among the common amenities will be an exercise room, community center, library and computer lab. However, what has the neighbourhood excited is what's slated for the ground floor. It is dedicated to providing continuing education, job training and after school programs for the neighbourhood at large.

“It has always been a dream of ours to have affordable housing, continuing education and after-school programs for children running side by side,” the 88-year old Ms Gibson said.

Every speaker who came up to the dais to say a few words (under the white tent in the 89 degree heat) spoke of how this project will lead to a neighbourhood revitalization of a sorely neglected area of Miami. That's why residents were so upset about Trolleygate when they learned about it. This is a neighbourhood struggling to overcome a century of racism and neglect.

While east Grand Avenue got revitalized with CocoWalk, restaurants, and fancy hotels, the west end of Grand -- Black Grove, or Kebo, as the original Bahamian residents called it -- has struggled and become blighted over the decades. The non-conforming diesel bus garage is just a few very short blocks away from this development. The reason people were so upset with the trolley garage is because it does not comport with the vision of those who want better for the neighbourhood. Gibson Plaza is the beginning of that revitalization plan.

The two people who came in for the most praise and sustained ovations at yesterday's ceremony were the two people who everyone acknowledged deserved the most credit for seeing this project through to fruition. First and foremost is Thelma Gibson, who, though the Foundation named after her late husband, helped aquire the 1 acre site, parcel by parcel, and who insisted that any project of this kind simply had to have an educational componant; and Jihad Rashid. President of the Coconut Grove Collaborative Development Corporation, who worked tirelessly to bring all the partners to the table and see that they all understood the vision.

One of the politicians mentioned over and over, by speaker after speaker, is Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez, who fought to get County Commissioners to allocate the $9 million. "On behalf of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, and as Commissioner of Miami-Dade District 7, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to be associated with a project that I believe will spur the re-birth of the long neglected segment of our community - The Coconut Grove Village West." Yet, that wasn't just promotional bumf.

Thirty years ago Suarez helped set up the Gibson Memorial Fund and he's been behind this project from the get-go.

How close is Trolleygate to Gibson Plaza?
IRONY ALERT: Another politician got short shrift in all the speeches. That's just as well because [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff arrived 10 minutes late and missed the shovel photo-op. His West Grove constituents accuse him abandoning them for monied interests and out of town developers.


Further reading: Is Marc D. Sarnoff Corrupt
Or The Most Corrupt Miami Politician?


Last year when Trolleygate erupted in controversy, Sarnoff staged The Trolleygate Dog and Pony Show to protect the profits of Astor Development and Coral Gables against the interests of his own constituents. After Sarnoff insisted he couldn't talk about Trolleygate because it was before the courts, he presented a one-sided slide show to insist diesel fumes and bus traffic on residential streets is perfectly safe. However, it's what he did in the middle of the meeting that Sarnoff demonstrated his despicable side. At one point in this contentious meeting this reporter heard Sarnoff covertly threaten to withdraw support for Gibson Plaza (and other projects) if the community continued its fight against Trolleygate.It was slyly done, but was not lost on anyone in the room.

So, colour me thrilled that Sarnoff missed his photo op -- another way to grab credit. Judging from the sotto voce murmurings when he gave his short speech, he's lucky he wasn't booed.

Even as the Collaborative's Jihad Rashid celebrated
this achievement, he warned against gentrification.
The slogan on the banner in front of which every speaker spoke read CATALYZE • REVITALIZE • TRANSFORM, which is everyone's hope for this stretch of Grand Avenue. Immediately across the street from Gibson Plaza is the Collaborative offices. Just to the east of that is the brand new KROMA Gallery, which hosted a lunch for attendees after all the speakers were finished.

While everyone hopes Gibson Plaza leads to a revitalization of the west end Grand Avenue, the fear is that this is just another step along the process of slow gentrification that has been eating its way into West Grove. Even Rashid recognizes the danger. As Nick Madigan in the Miami Herald notes:
After waiting for a standing ovation to die down, Rashid reminded the crowd that there had been a “history of disinvestment and disenfranchisement” in the West Grove, and remarked on the irony of expensive hotels and condominiums perfectly visible only a few blocks to the east. Rashid also cautioned against the danger that the neighborhood’s longtime residents will be pushed out by construction projects and investors looking for profits.

“If they get gentrified out in the name of progress, I don’t think that’s progress,” Rashid said. Still, he concluded, Gibson Plaza is a huge step forward.
Those in the know tell this reporter that due to property speculation along Grand Avenue, nothing less than 5 stories will pay for itself. Nothing taller than 5 stories is allowed by the Miami 21 Plan. This means that only 5-storey high condo buildings will be built along Grand, making it a new canyon for colonization and gentrification. Otherwise, West Grand will continue to undergo Demolition by Neglect, which passes for progress in West Grove. There appears to be no room left for anything in between.



View pictures of the groundbreaking in this Facebook album.
View raw footage at this YouTube Playlist.

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello, Headliners. Today's birthday boy is Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Here are some of the other events of yesteryear:
Now, let's take a look at today's Headlines Du Jour:

G.O.P. STANDS FOR "GOT OUR PLAN"



LGBT NEWS:




FREE THE WEED!!!





GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:



IN ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORKS:




DONALD TRUMP IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



BULLY BOY BOLLING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



FUCKER TUCKER CARLSON IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




OUTNUMBERED IN THE NEWS FOR THE FIRST TIME:





IN INNER SPACE:




VIDEO DU JOUR:



Headlines Du Jour is a leisure-time activity of Not Now Silly, home of the Steam-Powered Word-0-Matic, and your rest stop on the Information Highway. Use our valuable bandwidth to post your news comments in today's open thread.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello Headliners. Among those celebrating birthdays today is Ann Margret. She launched a few Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear herself.

Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

Pictured: Not Donald Sterling.

SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST RACIAL SOCIETY:



TODAY IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS:






FREE THE WEED!!!



GOP STANDS FOR GOD'S OWN PARTY:



GOP STANDS FOR GIMME OUR PAYMENT!!!



IN LGBT NEWS:



TODAY IN CLIMATE CHANGE:



TODAY IN RELIGION:




DOUCHEBAG DU JOUR:



MICROSOFT IS NOT AN E.D. DIAGNOSIS:



SARAH PALIN IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN OUTER SPACE:




VIDEO DU JOUR:



Headlines Du Jour is a leisure-time activity of Not Now Silly, home of the Steam-Powered Word-0-Matic, and your rest stop on the Information Highway. Use our valuable bandwidth to post your news comments in today's open thread.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Unpacking The Writer ► April 2014

Welcome readers both new and old. Once a month, on an irregular schedule, I drop a blog post under the rubric Unpacking the Writer, where I pull back the curtain and expose some of what's happening on this side of the keyboard, much like Toto did to The Wizard of Oz.

Which is only appropriate because I wrote under the nom de plume of Aunty Em for NewsHounds, the motto of which is "We watch Fox so you don't have to." Clearly, I did a very good job of exposing Fox "News" mendacity. You know how I can tell? Although I left NewsHounds more than 2 years ago, the same crazy, obsessive Fox "News" defending, cyber-stalking bullies I picked up back then continue to hound me to this very day. [See what I did there?]

BOOK CORNER: I've been writing about the exciting adventures battling my cyber-stalking bullies -- chapter by chapter -- since the day I launched this blog. They've been published at Not Now Silly as needed and now comprise quite a thick dossier on what crazy obsessives do in the Age of the Internet. In previous times they'd be standing on street corners babbling incoherently. This medium keeps them off the street, unless they have a phone smarter than they are.

As of late [and mentioned only to satisfy Grayhammy's vast curiosity, because he keeps asking] I have been working with an editor to give the project more '"shape," as they keep putting it. They believe The Johnny Dollar Wars could be turned into a Laff Riot Situation Comedy or a blockbuster Gothic Horror movie. [It works both ways.] Until I post a compendium, the best place to start is Anatomy of a Cyber-Feud, which is currently the #3 most popular post at Not Now Silly for the past 30 days, despite it being published way back in December. If you want to keep up with the daily shoot & miss tactics of The Flying Monkey Squad, you're personally invited to join The Johnny Dollar Depreciation Society, on the facebookery.

Follow the day-to-day craziness of my cyber-stalking bullies at The Johnny Dollar Depreciation Society page.


HARD WORK: Forging Farce Au Pain from the raw alphabet.
CHAPTER TWO: My other book, Farce Au Pain, proceeds a lot slower than I ever expected when I promised serialization way back when. I anticipated having more time to work on it, but life and new Coconut Grove stories keep getting in the way. It doesn't help that I chose to make my task more difficult. Because it's being published on the Internet, I decided to link all the facts and references to the existing internet proofs as I edit the manuscript. There are a lot of those, which you'll notice when it's eventually published. I'm closing in on it, but I've learned better to make any hard promises, otherwise Grayhammy will squawk again. Hopefully I'll have some news on that front very soon. Stay tuned. Check your local listings. Coming to a browser near you, and all that Jazz.

COCONUT GROVE CORNER: Still awaiting news of a Trolleygate settlement in West Grove. Almost 2 months ago I wrote Is Trolleygate Headed For An Out Of Court Settlement? To quote myself:
So confident are all the parties that an agreement is possible, that they've requested a 60-day freeze in all legal proceedings to see if they can all get on the bus. Based on the anger expressed at the Village Council Meeting, it may be an uphill climb on a rough road to a negotiated settlement.

The broad outline of the proposed settlement looks like this: Coral Gables agrees to drop its lawsuit against Astor Development that asks a judge to abrogate its contract with the developer. Meanwhile Astor Trolley/Astor Development agrees to stick the new fake trolley garage RIGHT WHERE IT IS NOW, more or less, as opposed to the non-conforming White Elephant on Douglas Road.
Those 60 days are just about up, if they haven't expired already. I should put in a few calls. I'll add that to my ever-increasing To Do List.

This is where the next sidewalk ends.
This historic walkway has been fixed.
MY LATEST WRITING PROJECT: I've slowing been crafting another chapter in my ongoing series Where The Sidewalk Ends, Racism Begins (of which there has been only one so far). The next one will delineate another segment of The Colour Line in Coconut Grove, pictured at left.

The Coconut Grove Colour Line has existed for decades. The line was always meant to keep Black Grove separated from White Grove. But, it's not just ancient history.

Current segments of The Colour Line are as concrete as the cinder block wall described in Where The Sidewalk Ends, Racism Begins. Other parts of The Colour Line in Coconut Grove are subtle and almost imperceptible to the naked eye, unless you know what to look for. Still other parts of The Colour Line are as clear as black and white when looking at maps of property values and demographics in Coconut Grove. 
A close up of the fence seen in the background [above left]. Two
feet have been added to the top of it within the last few weeks.

Although the building of The Colour Line in Coconut Grove is ancient history, some of the walls along it were not only maintained, but made taller and more formidable as time went on, a process that continues to this very day. Shockingly so.

Within the last few weeks the latest spot I have been struggling to write about has had its fence -- this small segment of The Colour Line -- grow 2 feet taller by just nailing new boards over the old. Look for the next blog post on The Colour Line, coming soon to a browser near you.

THE CORNER OF MAIN HIGHWAY AND CHARLES AVENUE: This is where it all began for me 5 years ago when I discovered the Historical Marker and started researching and writing about this small corner of the world. Here are some quick updates:

The deal concerning the Coconut Grove Playhouse continues to unfold exactly as the residents had hoped it never would. The Miami Parking Authority has now painted HUGE arrows in the parking lot on Main Highway, directing traffic to an exit on Charles Avenue. This has increased the traffic in both directions along the Historic Roadway, along which you will find the Coconut Grove Playhouse; the Charles Avenue Historical Marker; the E.W.F. Stirrup House; the former Odd Fellows Hall; the Mariah Brown House, the first house built on Charles; ending at the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery, named after the wife and childhood sweetheart of Mr. Stirrup and at the time of its founding the only place in Miami Black folk could be buried.

Meanwhile rapacious developer Gino Falsetto continues to chip away at The Colour Line in Coconut Grove. His Aries Development has checkmated the Coconut Grove Playhouse with the acquisition of the Bicycle Shop on Main Highway at one end. This adds to the property he's controlled for a while: the two empty lots immediately west of the Playhouse and the E.W.F. Stirrup House immediately across the street. Now whatever people want to build in between all those properties will have to go begging to Aries Development, hat in hand.





Pops on his 88th birthday, February 14, 2014
PERSONAL CORNER: My family and closest friends know, but I've not shared this with Not Now Silly readers yet: I came to Florida after the death of my mother to look after Pops. It's starting to weigh on me and maybe writing about it will help me work some things out.

I've been in Sunrise for 9 years, arriving just in time for Hurricane Wilma. When I arrived, Pops was fine, despite his having a stroke about 20 years ago. He battled back and you would never know he had had one.

Pops didn't really need me to care for him. He was capable of accomplishing more in a day than I did. However, he is of a generation of men who knows where the kitchen is, but just doesn't know what kind of magic gets food on the table. If I weren't here, he'd be getting all his meals out of the microwave. A fried egg is beyond his expertise.

However, in every other way he was competent. Three or 4 days a week Pops played 9 holes of golf on the course that wends its way around the condo complex. He'd hang with his buddies at Subway or the condo clubhouse. The last few years he's been slowing down. At first he'd only play 8 holes of golf, knocking off at the one closest to our building. Then it was 5 holes, meeting up with his crew on the 4th and playing with them through 8.

He may have battled back against the stroke, but he's getting pummeled by the years. Within the last year he's been admitted to the hospital twice, both times for having a bit of trouble catching his breath. The last visit was 3 weeks ago. He's just not bounced back the way we all thought he would afterwards. And, he hasn't played any golf since. He's just had a round of tests to see whether we can get to the bottom of this latest problem and we'll get the results in a few days when we visit the pulmonologist again. Meanwhile he's on a Nebulizer twice a day and an inhaler 4 times a day and his movements are resricted by his lack of energy.

We've recently convinced Pops to start using a cane. After the stroke he always had a very slight imbalance. However, lately it's been more pronounced. He seems unaware of how he tacks to the right as he walks without assistance. My biggest fear, of course, is that he's going to fall when I'm not here or when I'm asleep. That's why I now always make sure a walker and cane are within reach.

This all means I am getting to Coconut Grove less often than I would like, but I wouldn't suggest Gino Falsetto relax. I still pop into Coconut Grove when I'm least expected. Recently I was fortunate enough to meet his wife Magda. Maybe one day soon I can meet the brains behind Aries Development and can ask him questions directly. Meanwhile, you can help Save the E.W.F. Stirrup House by joining the Facebook group.