Friday May 18, 2007

Rebecca Wakefield on Museum Park, and right about everything as usual. And — stop the presses! — is it just me or do the SunPost’s homepage articles now point to permalinks!? I’ll check when the next issue comes out, but if this is true it’s a big deal.

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  1. rudy    Sat May 19, 07:48 AM #  

    People need to look closely at the numbers that MAM has raised and the piss poor process of oversight that Miami has done in watching the matching money. We are in for another PAC fiasco. And why should we lose eight acres of the park to two museums? We could just build the Science Museum in the park and place the Art Museum elsewhere. But what is most telling is the secretive process the museums engaged in over the past three years since the 2004 GOB bond vote. Were local park activists or even local landscape architects consulted at all? Hardly. The park as a park has been a minor afterthought – symptomatic of the narrow vision of those who want more “signature” buildings for such a poorly planned city.

    Other cities have great parks that aide in defining their downtown areas. Miami?

    Tell MAM to Go Fly a Kite in Bicentennial Park Sunday afternoon, May 20 from 12:30-2:30. Bring a picnic. Send a message. And write city commissioners that they should deny MAM their $2 million in bond funding until they complete their matching money requirements.



  2. alesh    Sat May 19, 11:30 AM #  

    Rudy~

    You raise some good points. The one area where I agree with you the most is that Miami needs more parkland. But I think that the idea that people are going to come from miles around to go to a passive park with fields and trees is just incorrect. I think most people advocating that position like parks for the sake of parks, without regard to how much the land gets used by citizens.

    That’s wrong. We need park space that’s fairly distributed around the county’s neighborhoods. As far as this park goes, as I’ve argued over and over, it needs to be a destination.

    “The park as a park has been a minor afterthought”

    At this point, I have to ask what you’ve been smoking. Look at the freaking plans and tell me that with a straight face.

    Having said all of that, you’re absolutely right that the money is a major issue. The museums are getting a fixed amount from a bond issue, and we need to hold them to that — and additional money they need they should raise themselves.

    Keep in mind that this was part of a bond issue that the public at large approved. There was a certain amount of shadiness about the way it was worded, but everyone who cared KNEW DAMNED WELL they were voting for two museums in Bicentennial Park. It passed, and now it’s the voters’ will, not to be trifled with or really even debated. The people “elected” GWB, and we move on from there.

    That’s what the so-called pro-park activists Rebecca is talking about need to recognize. They let that park languish for decades with a fucking RACETRACK in it, and now plan has been approved and it’s too late to whine about what they wanted all along. You wanted a nice park qua park? You had plenty of time to make it happen.



  3. Fiscally Conservative Resident    Sat May 26, 10:16 PM #  

    Alesh,
    Sorry but you have many facts incorrectly.

    Just because a few knowledgeable people knew the bond referendum questions were purposedly deceitful does not mean those few knowledgeable people had the ability and/or the money to inform the public. The public is often deceived to make mistakes. I am sure you can name a few examples. Even Johnny Winton commenting on the City “vote” admitted the politicians should never be that misleading again.

    It is fiscally responsible to oppose the Miami Art Museum. Miami Art Museum admits they have no collection. They admit they have no endowment. They admit they have raised less than 5% of what they need, since spent. They admit they have no visitors. Their operating losses are big now and getting bigger. Who will cover their losses? Who covers the PAC Center losses? Right, the taxpayers. I could go on… It is irresponsible to thow good money after bad…

    Blame Miami’s idiot politicians for not renovating Bicentennial Park, do not use their incompetence as an excuse to pave something beautiful. Many voters years ago voted to buy the site and they voted to fund the purchase. 8 acres of Bicentennial Park is worth $250 Mil. Why should we give it away? Why should it be paved for 1-2 concrete no window boxes?

    Funding one-two museums on taxpayer land is just setting up another PAC Center disaster.



  4. alesh    Sun May 27, 07:30 AM #  

    I wonder why these comments always seem to come from an out-of-town IP address, and posted under several different names with the same writing style and the same method of distorting facts.

    As to who has the facts wrong:

    Just because a few knowledgeable people knew the bond referendum questions were purposedly deceitful does not mean those few knowledgeable people had the ability and/or the money to inform the public.

    Anyone who cracked a newspaper before the vote knew what the referendum was for.

    Miami Art Museum admits they have no collection.

    Just plain wrong. They admit no such thing, and of course they HAVE a collection, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds. Part of the reason they need a new building is to store and show a larger collection.

    They admit they have raised less than 5% of what they need, since spent.

    As you would expect at the beginning of a capital campaign.

    They admit they have no visitors.

    Huh?

    Their operating losses are big now and getting bigger.

    Double-huh?? Where are you getting this stuff?

    All that aside, I sympathize with your frustrations, but I should point out that they’re shared by a very small number of Miamians. Most couldn’t care less about the park, and many care passionately and are looking forward to the renovations there.



  5. harlan erskine    Tue May 29, 11:35 AM #  

    I don’t see what the big deal is. There is l lot of park land still in the plans of the park, putting the MAM and the Science Museum near the Concert hall makes the area into a nice district for the arts and why it there all this fuss for the arts museum taking over a park when I didn’t hear as mush as a peep when they turned an even greater spot for a brand new park (Midtown Miami) into big box retailers and more condos. Why that couldn’t have been Miami’s central park is beyond me.