Monday June 23, 2008

That's all folks

I guess this is as good a time as any to make it official: I’m putting this ‘ere website on the bloggy mothballs. I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, but the truth is that the decision isn’t an intellectual one — I’m sort of just over it. With the pink accents, the paisley background, the local news: it’s all gotten a little restrictive. The truth is that I started this site because I thought there was a need for it, and today the need is well covered by dozens of excellent sites, from Covert Overt to Miami Art to TM and EoM, and they’re all held together by Rick’s daily grind. I just don’t have desire to keep up with it all anymore.

SO. Thanks to everyone who’s been checking in regularly over these three years. It’s been a ton of fun, and the support has been really really overwhelming.

Where we’re at as of now is this: I have a new thing, More Blog about Buildings and Food, that I’m putting together. It hopefully will be more open-ended, less locally-obsessed, and more infrequently updated then CM, but will hopefully also dovetail pretty well. I still owe you a slideshow of FOOD from the Georgia/Florida trip, and that’s going to pop up there in the next day or two. I also have a Twitter lest you forget, and you should totally subscribe to my updates. Further, friends and people that I actually know should get their own Twitter accounts post-haste. (No eye-rolling. You’ll thank me later. And btw, I’m reforming myself and will be regularly checking voicemail and e-mail from now on.)

My goal is to keep Critical Miami up in perpetuity. I’ll probably make some final adjustments to the linkroll, and some other tweaks becoming of a defunct blog (ie archives easier to access, etc.). That’s about all, folks. Hope to see you at the new place.


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  1. Biscayne Bystander    Mon Jun 23, 05:34 AM #  

    Timing’s a bit off for an April Fool’s joke.

  2. Christian Calzadillas    Mon Jun 23, 06:56 AM #  


  3. tjl    Mon Jun 23, 08:34 AM #  

    What a shame.. though I know exactly how you feel!
    I don’t read those other blogs mentioned, and while they’re probably as good as you say, but you served a great niche with this one.
    I will now have to read the NT (ughhh!!) for my weekend happenings.

    Good luck.

  4. Mikhail    Mon Jun 23, 09:01 AM #  


    Goodluck, will be checking the new place!


  5. Gabe    Mon Jun 23, 09:22 AM #  

    I got an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach reading this post.

    Thanks to the time you put in and I will miss this blog, one of the few I would check on a daily basis.

    Good luck.

  6. Alex    Mon Jun 23, 09:25 AM #  

    I know exactly what you mean. Starts as a hobby then becomes obsession then you are just over it. Good luck with the new site.

  7. Maria de los Angeles    Mon Jun 23, 09:38 AM #  

    I’m sorry to see this site go, but I totally understand about the work involved. It’s important to evolve, follow your heart and blog about what you’re passionate about. Looking forward to the new project!

  8. Garrett    Mon Jun 23, 10:33 AM #  

    Long time reader, first time caller… You will be missed!

  9. Crumbs    Mon Jun 23, 10:44 AM #  

    Sorry to lose this page – good luck

  10. squathole    Mon Jun 23, 11:20 AM #  

    I blame Alesh.

    See you at the new digs.

  11. Johnny R.    Mon Jun 23, 11:29 AM #  

    It has been a real pleasure reading on a daily basis. Do what makes you happy! Good luck with everything!

  12. william keddell    Mon Jun 23, 12:01 PM #  


    A bad morning. Zap!
    The end of Critical Miami on the same day as George Carlin.

    Personally your place has been an almost daily destination for a mix art n’local political concerns that has been perfect.


    William Keddell

  13. noneemoose    Mon Jun 23, 12:19 PM #  

    A job well done, Alesh. Looking forward to your next project.

  14. jc    Mon Jun 23, 12:26 PM #  

    damn, dude

  15. DJ_Kremlin    Mon Jun 23, 01:14 PM #  

    Maybe this is Alesh’s way of tributing the dearly departed George Carlin. With a big dirty joke. Maybe?

  16. mae    Mon Jun 23, 03:02 PM #  

    oh no. im totally bummed.

  17. alesh    Mon Jun 23, 03:32 PM #  

    At times like these, I think of my favorite blog of all time, now off-line for over five years, which I’d stumbled across at random looking to see if a zine a friend of mine had published in high school, Haardvark, had an online presence.

    The final post talked about a collective exploration of the expression “a little while.” (as in, “i’m going to stop posting for a little while.” in protest, as I recall, to the beginning of the gulf war. somehow.) It also talked about Nick Cave, a musician whom I didn’t much care for then and don’t much care for now, and specifically his song “Into My Arms” which is actually astonishingly beautiful and touching, and an open letter he’d written to MTV in 1996, which when read tongue-in-cheek (and i see no other way to read it) is one of the more funny and poignant things of which to be read. It’s archived on his website.

    What I’m trying to say is, sorry to bum you out. And thank you again.

  18. Carlos D    Mon Jun 23, 05:13 PM #  

    You made this city a easier place to feel proud of and definitely deserve credit for running what I feel was the classiest blog I regularly read.

    I hope I get the opportunity to one day buy you a beer for your efforts, good sir.

  19. liz    Mon Jun 23, 06:21 PM #  

    wow! i’m shocked. critical miami was one of the main reasons i started blogging and one of the few blogs i’ve read consistently for years.

    so thank you for your warm welcome and acknowledgment. even more so, thank you for all the time and love you’ve dedicated.

    you’ve honestly inspired me. so thank you for everything.

    -your newly loyal twitter follower ;)

  20. FadeToGrey    Mon Jun 23, 06:37 PM #  

    Sorry to see you go. I never posted here, but I’ve been a faithful reader for the last couple of years. I loved the local touch and helped spark a new love for my city and see it’s potential. Thank you, thank you, thank you…

  21. kingofrance    Mon Jun 23, 06:49 PM #  


  22. Trina    Mon Jun 23, 08:50 PM #  

    Sorry to see Critical Miami go but look forward to reading or seeing your new projects; they are sure to be great!

  23. Tati    Mon Jun 23, 09:27 PM #  

    It was great while it lasted. Thanks for the blog! :)

  24. dana b.    Mon Jun 23, 10:09 PM #  


  25. Interesting...    Mon Jun 23, 10:22 PM #  

    So does this mean no more eighth row symphony seats, explorations of parks, or reason to explore a new French restaurant and eat escargot? What’s a girl to do? Will I have to find another date?

  26. JD    Tue Jun 24, 01:17 AM #  

    it was awesome while it lasted

  27. nicfitkid    Tue Jun 24, 01:44 AM #  

    Godspeed, Alesh, and may your new blog take you wherever you want to go. I’ll miss CM.

  28. daily reader    Tue Jun 24, 10:00 AM #  

    Was it something that happened in Georgia? Must have been an inspirational ride.

    Well, you were doing a great job. Thanks.

  29. adam    Tue Jun 24, 10:48 AM #  

    If you just need help removing the pink paisley accents I’m sure one of these web designers could help you.

  30. margaret    Tue Jun 24, 11:02 AM #  


  31. A.T.    Tue Jun 24, 11:51 AM #  

    Alesh. I’ll miss CM. You did a great job. Good luck on your next endeavor!

  32. Carolina    Tue Jun 24, 11:52 AM #  

    I enjoyed your blog. No doubt your new project will be just as pleasurable to read. Every end is a new beginning.

  33. alesh    Tue Jun 24, 02:01 PM #  

    Every day is a winding road. The new blog is not an “endeavor” in the same sense that CM was — it’s going to be much less serious, much less regularly updated, and much less focused.

    That said, I’ve got a slideshow up on the meals of Georgia and Florida from my bike trip. Go look.

  34. Elad    Tue Jun 24, 06:01 PM #  

    This seriously sucks. But I understand where you’re coming from, Alesh.

    Critical Miami will be missed.

  35. lara    Tue Jun 24, 10:57 PM #  

    sorry to see cm go. thanks for what you have done with this blog.

  36. brickell    Tue Jun 24, 11:55 PM #  

    You’ll be missed.

  37. mapache    Wed Jun 25, 07:10 PM #  

    i enjoy reading your posts and the comments imensley, your site is very interesting and quite helpful, please don’t shut down. I got introduced to your site by a very good friend and I check it quite often. Not once have i been dissapointed with the discussions nor the posts.
    I know its your desicion, but i would ask you to reconsider.

  38. swampthing    Thu Jun 26, 01:16 AM #  

    no way. way.
    just got back from a hiatus, with promise of some bogota blogin’. you are the fiend that motivates swampthing. muchas gracias for the inspirationals. let’s meet around the corner someday.

  39. lili    Thu Jun 26, 11:05 PM #  

    ah this is awful
    just when i was actually starting to check this site regularly
    oh well..
    i guess the timing fit
    since i finally moved away from Florida haha

    …oh that’s so sad to write :{

  40. Lolo    Fri Jun 27, 09:54 AM #  

    I remember finding a curious business card on the ground outside the 1800 Club YEARS ago that had maybe a bulldozer on a beach? Either way it said Critical Miami on it and I’ve been checking in ever since. It will be missed!

    I’d like to invite all the readers, especially those interested in music and going out, to join the Sweat Records mailing list. For over 3 years we’ve tirelessly hand-compiled the best and most comprehensive concert/upcoming event listings in the indie scene, which is now massive and full of amazing things to do every night of the week. See the latest and sign up at, though we’ve got a fresh new site in the works launching in late July.

    I also recommend the new which will save you some dough on your boozy voyages…

    Much love!

  41. Kathie    Fri Jun 27, 04:49 PM #  

    Thank you Alesh, I loved reading your great mix of snark, intellect and wit! As Michael Jackson v2.1 sang, “Ease on down, ease on down the road…”

  42. Carolina    Sat Jun 28, 10:40 AM #  

    Dang it Alesh, you’re so f***ing selfish.
    What am I supposed to do on the weekends now?

  43. Jorge    Sun Jun 29, 10:24 PM #  

    Best thing you could have ever done. What happened? Had to go out and get a real job?

  44. a fricken lawyer    Mon Jun 30, 12:51 PM #  

    Please do keep the blog archives running… And thanks for the time you put into CM. Not even any advanced notice, though (unless I missed some hints)? That’s cold! ;)

  45. Franklin    Mon Jun 30, 11:26 PM #  

    Best wishes to your future endeavors.

  46. R.    Tue Jul 1, 01:24 AM #  

    Happy trails Alesh. Thanks for being critical.

  47. v    Wed Jul 2, 02:37 PM #  

    sad…we will miss u.

  48. renebot    Thu Jul 3, 03:42 PM #  

    Very sorry to see this blog go. It’ll be missed. Thanks, A!

  49. Shell Smith    Mon Jul 7, 11:05 AM #  

    Thanks for providing so much great info over the last few years. It has been really fun to read as someone who is looking at moving to Miami ( – this has been really a great tool paired with your blog. It has a search engine to look at specific sites). I hope the new blog works out.

  50. harumi    Mon Jul 7, 08:48 PM #  

    that’s sad. but thank you for working hard. I enjoyed very much.

  51. Christian    Fri Jul 11, 09:17 AM #  

    I’ve been reading your blog since it started, and when I ran a small community newspaper it was an invaluable resource. I don’t think the public realizes the huge contribution blogs make to traditional journalism – directly or indirectly – at every level, from local to international.

    Thanks for such an attentive blog about Miami. I would file your work in my “influence” folder – one of those things in Miami that got me interested to have moved here, write about this city, and ultimately – 3 years later – buy a place and really call the Biscayne area my home. The last (and my only) 3 years in Miami have been rollicking by any standards, but what a great introduction to the Magic City: Writing in the thick of a massive boom and bust.

    Great work and please keep one foot in the public writing sector – you’re very talented.

  52. anderson smith    Tue Jul 29, 03:24 AM #  

    Wow! You know, CM almost had too much stuff on their site. That’s the problem I see with blogging in Miami: there’s just not enough news that’s interesting to comment about, and if you post too much boring crap readers need to sift through it to find stuff that actually warrants a comment.
    Anderson smith
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