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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Saturday August 9, 2014

Howdy again, Headliners! Today's birthday belongs to R&B singer-songwriter The Mighty Hannibal, whose biggest hit, "Hymn No. 5," was banned from radio due to its Vietnam War subject matter. Here are some other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Without any further delay, here is today's Headlines Du Jour:

IN LGBT NEWS:






TODAY IN INCOME INEQUALITY:



IN ROCK AND ROLL NEWS:



GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:




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




This is NOT Johnny Dollar,
just an incredible likeness

PAID INTERNET TROLLS:



Is Johnny Dollar a Paid Internet Troll?

The Smoking Gun

Does Fox "News" Support Johnny Dollar?

FREE THE WEED!!!





LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




SEAN HANNITY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




The Foxy Friends
at Fox & Friends

STEVE DOOCY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



CHARLES PAYNE IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN INNER SPACE:


IN OUTER SPACE:





VIDEOS DU JOUR:




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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fighting Blight In Coconut Grove

The most recent notice on The Bicycle Shop, citing the owner,
Coconut Grove Playhouse LLC., with "First Year failure to
register a Blighted, unsecured, or abandoned structure."
My recent trip to Gilchrist, my old stomping grounds in Detroit, has me thinking about urban blight in entirely different terms these days. Saturday's visit to The Grove forced me to look at Coconut Grove blight in way I had never considered before.

Admittedly the word "blight" was already ringing in my head when I came across the NOTICE (left), which cites the owner of the Bicycle Shop with "First Year failure to register a Blighted, unsecured, or abandoned structure." It's worth noting that Aries Development, fronted by rapacious developer Gino Falsetto, took control of The Bicycle Shop in January. It promptly ripped off the roof and has since allowed it to become blighted, if the City of Miami can be believed. Imagine that. In one of the most exclusive Zip Codes in the entire country.

Which brings us to the blighted E.W.F. Stirrup House. Aries Development acquired control of the Stirrup House almost a decade ago. Since then the second oldest house in Coconut Grove has become blighted -- there's no other word for it -- and it becomes more so every single day. Aries acquired a 50-year lease on the Stirrup House (the house must remain in the Stirrup family in perpetuity) in a complicated property swap when it built The Monstrosity, aka Grove Gardens Residence Condominiums.

When Aries received the permits to build that 5-storey mixed-use condo complex, which dwarfs the modest Stirrup House, it committed to restoring this culturally important 120-year old house. A later plan claimed it would become a Bed and Breakfast. Meanwhile, it has become blighted, undergoing Demolition by Neglect ever since Falsetto got his grimy hands on it. One could almost say Aries has once again failed "to register a Blighted, unsecured, or abandoned structure," but I'll let the City of Miami take care of any official notices. I can only tell you what I have observed the last 5 years I have been photographing and researching the E.W.F. Stirrup House.

The E.W.F. appears to have an open door policy again.
While it's hard to tell from this pic, the front door of the Stirrup House was left open again on Saturday night. The last time I found the front door wide open I took it as an invitation to walk right in, since the front gate had also been left wide open. Neither the property or the structure were secured. Had the gate been closed and locked, at the very least, the property would have been secured. But, that's no longer the case.

That's because the back wall of the Stirrup property was demolished the same day Aries Development [allegedly] illegally cut down all the old trees on the Stirrup Property. That 7-foot wall was not just a target for neighbourhood taggers, it separated The Monstrosity's fancy schmancy restaurants -- with valet parking and underground wine cellar -- from the blighted E.W.F. Stirrup House, right next door. Nowadays anyone who goes to The Taurus, La Bottega, and/or Calamari (the three restaurants that Aries Group runs) can wander right past where the wall used to be, up to the blighted, unsecured and abandoned Stirrup House and walk right in, as I would have on Saturday night had I not already been pressed for time.


Demolition by Neglect is a tried and true tactic to destroy a property that sits in a developer's way. The E.W.F. Stirrup House has always stood in Aries Development's way. Despite more recent claims to want to turn the house into a Bed & Breakfast, Aries has done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, unless you call [allegedly] illegally cutting down all the old trees on the Stirrup property, and demolishing the interior without a permit, absolutely nothing.

Speaking of Aries: It had been my understanding that when the Coconut Grove Playhouse deal had gone through back in January, the Bicycle Shop was turned over to the Aries Group as a way to remove it from the Gordian Knot that had become the Coconut Grove Playhouse collapse. So, imagine my surprise when the NOTICE (above) was issued to COCONUT GRV PLAYHOUSE LLC, which SunBiz doesn't list. All similar names are Inactive. Who actually owns this property? You'd think the city would know.

No matter. As has already been demonstrated, Gino Falsetto has the Midas touch in reverse. Everything he touches appears to become blighted. Or bankrupt. Before he washed up in the over-heated Miami real estate market, Falsetto and his brothers bankrupt several restaurants in the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, area.

Sitting right between the Stirrup House and the Bicycle Shop is ANOTHER blighted and boarded-up building in Coconut Grove: The Coconut Grove Playhouse. Just when it appeared that everything concerning that issue had been solved came these screaming headlines earlier this week:

Coconut Grove Playhouse $45 million complex run by Arsht Center Bad Deal
Second Coconut Grove Playhouse proposed
Civic Leaders Evolving Alternate More Ambitious $45 Mil Plan For Coconut Grove Playhouse

It's far too early to tell what this will mean for Charles Avenue, which has been designated a Historic Roadway as the first street in Miami. I'll be writing more about the Playhouse in the days to come. However, it's hard not to see the ultimate winner could be Aries Development, which not only owns the Bicycle Shop, but also the two vacant lots immediately west of the Playhouse. These lots, which once had small shotgun houses on them, were snatched up in the same deal that gave Aries control of the E.W.F. Stirrup House. Any large development at the corner of Main Highway and Charles Avenue will only enrich a rapacious developer, at the expense of Coconut Groves's rich cultural heritage.

Headlines Du Jour ► Wednesday August 6, 2014

Howdy again, Headliners! Today's birthday girl is the incomparable Lucille Ball. Other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear include:
Let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour:

MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND:


Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.

Down and out in Lake County



IN LGBT NEWS:



FREE THE WEED!!!





GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:




THE FALAFEL KING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



CNN IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



IN OUTER SPACE:





VIDEO DU JOUR:



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Monday, August 4, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Monday August 4, 2014

Hello Headliners! Celebrating a birthday today is singer Helen Kane, often cited as the inspiration for Betty Boop, even though she lost the court case when she sued Max Fleisher for wrongful appropriation of her likeness. Here are some other Headlines Du Jour of yesteryear:
Let's get to today's Headlines Du Jour:

WORLD WAR WATCH:


Instability in Ukraine, chaos in Syria,
conflict in the East China Sea—the trigger
points for World War III are in place.

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




FREE THE WEED!!!





IN INNER SPACE:


Gentler personalities and more feminine
faces, caused by a reduction in testosterone,
saw art work boom 50,000 years ago


IN OUTER SPACE:




TEE VEE CORNER:


There are often so many tee vee headlines in Headlines Du Jour
that the Not Now Silly Newsroom is looking for new ways to
present it all. This section will be in flux until we get it right.

FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



THE FALAFEL KING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:




BAD BOY BOBBY BECKEL IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



TUCKER FUCKER CARLSON IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



GLENN BECK IN THE NEWS AGAIN:





From the vast archives of the Not Now Silly Newsroom:

VIDEOS DU JOUR:



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