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    Communities

    ‘Knight Cities’ podcast: Miami developer Avra Jain shares insights on real estate revitalization

    Feb. 11, 2015, 1:45 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

    Do you ever look at an abandoned building in your city and think, why doesn’t someone fix that up? Do you ever imagine that you might be the one to bring it back to life?

    Avra Jain is a Miami-based real estate investor and developer. Her latest project is the redevelopment of the famous Vagabond Motel in the up-and-coming MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District, and she has advice for would-be developers.

    Here are five things you should know from Avra Jain on real estate revitalization:

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    Arts

    Stop missing out on stand-up comedy in St. Paul

    Feb. 11, 2015, 1:14 p.m., Posted by lweinhagen

    If you’re willing to seek out unlikely venues, you could probably see live stand-up comedy in St. Paul seven days a week. I’m certain I don’t know about every show happening, but as a St. Paul native and lifelong lover of comedy, I’ve put together a number of places where...

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    Arts

    South Florida’s family of arts: Important next steps

    Feb. 11, 2015, 12:40 p.m., Posted by Rhett Del Campo


    Photo courtesy of New World Symphony.

    Rhett Del Campo is managing director of Seraphic Fire, a 2013 winner of Knight Arts Challenge South Florida.

    Knight Foundation has invested $100 million in South Florida the last seven years. The cost of all cultural facilities South Florida has built in the last 10 years totals almost $1 billion. It’s hard to imagine any other  other region in America is being this aggressive. 

    These numbers alone make South Florida deserving of international attention. Howard Herring, president and CEO of the New World Symphony, made these points at Classical South Florida’s Fifth Annual Leadership Gala Luncheon, which recognized the recipients of the Sanford L. and Dolores Ziff Honors for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts, which included the New World Symphony.

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