Urban Daddy: Crushing Arts, Crafts & Science @ The Poppet Project

Today my 5-year-old son and I hoped on our bikes and headed over to crush some arts, crafts and science at The Poppet Project in El Portal. For parents looking to do something educational and different with their children it’s definetly worth checking out.  The Poppet Project is awesome and the staff were totally cool considering my son did his best to make as big a mess as possible. Unglue your kids from the iPad and head on over.  Prices start at $14/hour for the first child and includes all materials. You can also schedule private parties. Tell them Urban Daddy sent you. 

From The Poppet Project’s website:

“We are a children’s drop-in art, craft and science studio. We’re open all day for you to design, tinker, create, and explore with your children.

Our planned projects rotate constantly, so every day is a new exploration. Budding artists will love our art supplies, crafts, and collaborative masterpieces. Little tinkerers will find oodles of things to take apart and build. Plus, future scientists will have plenty to experiment with.

If you can imagine it, we can help create it!”

Who doesn’t like making slime?

Get your Arts, Crafts & Science on at The Poppet Project!

8650 Biscayne Blvd. #29

El Portal, FL 33138

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Miami’s Least Favorite Urbanist Blogger Comes Out of Retirement. Welcome to Stoic Urbanist!

For better or worse I’ve decided to give blogging another go. My hope for Stoic Urbanist is to bring the best of Transit Miami and Miami Urbanist into this blog and more. I plan to focus my writing on raising civic awareness about the lack of government proactivity and political will to make Miami a more livable city.  Stoic Urbanist will advocate for better urban planning, real estate development and public transit.

I will also write about life, humility, dealing with douche-bags, entrepreneurship, business, sales, reading, learning and strategy.

Thank you for checking out Stoic Urbanist and please spread the good word!

Felipe Azenha

Historic Preservation Watch: Vagabond Motel & Art Basel

Developer Avra Jain has her boys working six days a week in order to have the Vagabond Motel ready for Art Basel. Although guest rooms won’t be available until early 2014, the historic 1953 MiMo Motel will be ready to host an Art Basel exhibition and swank party- every room will host a different artist’s exhibition.  Details of the event have yet to be released, but rest assured you will feel like you are in the 1950’s.  Avra is trying to keep the 50-room motel as original as possible. There will also be a seafood-style dinner coming to the motel’s lobby.

Doesn't lool like it but, you'll be sipping pool side martinis at the Vagabond Motel during are Art Basel

Doesn’t look like it, but you’ll be sipping pool side martinis at the Vagabond Motel during  Art Basel


The mermaid and dolphin mosaics will be restored. The dolphin mosaic will be repaired using tiles from the mermaid. The mermaid will be completely restored by a local artist using original tiles that have been found in Italy.


The dolphin mosaics will be repaired using tiles from the mermaid.

The mermaid is too badly damaged to be restored, however a local artist will make an exact replica using the exact some tiles found in Italy.

The mermaid is too badly damaged to be restored, however a local artist will make an exact replica using the same tiles found in Italy.

The 1953 studs are still in great.

The 1953 studs are still in great condition.


A seafood diner is coming to MiMo

Event: CBRE Multi-Housing Summit October 8th at the Four Seasons


On October 8th The Annual CBRE Multi-Housing Summit will bring together over 450 owners, operators, investors, and multifamily experts for a day of thought, leadership and networking. Building upon last year’s success, the focus of this year’s event is the acquisition, disposition, financing and management of multi-housing properties, with a special emphasis on the trends in rents and operations, as well as a discussion of cap rates, financing and interest rates. See who’s attending! In 2012 over 380 attendees and speakers from 300+ firms attended the CBRE Multi-Housing Summit. Click Here for a re-cap of the 2012 event.

For more information and to register for this event click here.

CBRE Multi-Housing Summit 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:30am – 6:30pm
The Four Seasons Miami 
1435 Brickell Ave 
Miami, FL 33131

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Stephen Owens, President, Swire Properties


Stephen Owens is a 30-plus year veteran of Swire Properties, Inc, one of the leading real estate developers in South Florida and a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Swire Properties Ltd. Prior to assuming his current role as President, Mr. Owens oversaw Swire’s commercial and residential investment portfolio totaling more than two million square feet.

Mr. Owens headed the master planning of Brickell Key in Downtown Miami, for which he spearheaded the construction of the award-winning Courvoisier Centre office complex, the three-tower Tequesta Point luxury condominium development, Courvoisier Courts, Courts Brickell Key, Carbonell and ASIA luxury condominium towers with a combined total of 2,120 units, and the JADE at Brickell Bay joint venture of 336 condominium residences. He directed the development of the Mandarin Oriental Miami, with its renowned five-star spa and Azul Restaurant.

Mr. Owens’ responsibilities with Swire have encompassed $3 billion in projects throughout Hong Kong and the states of Florida, Hawaii and Texas. Prior to rejoining Swire Properties in the United States in 1992, Owens spent two years with Swire Properties Ltd in the company’s Hong Kong headquarters where he was involved in the development of 680 residential units, two five-star hotels and 1.4 million square feet of commercial properties. He now oversees Swire’s Brickell CityCentre, an urban mixed-use development of 5.4 million square feet on three city blocks.

Agenda Highlights:

  • The Bull Runs Again: The Florida Multi-Housing Forecast
  • The Rebound of the Century: Condos and Single Family Homes
  • Private Capital Investing: Who and How They are Investing in Florida
  • The Ones That Didn’t Get Away: 2013’s Major Multifamily Deals
  • The Face-Off: Florida’s Urban Versus Suburban Debate
  • Where Do We Go From Here?: Land Use and Development
  • The Post Stimulus World: Changes in the Debt Market
  • Who’s Your Resident?: Innovations in Management
  • What Do Renters Want: Ground Up and Rehab Design Trends
  • The Leaders of the Future: The Power Developers Challenge
  • Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas?: Multi-housing Risk Factors
  • Afternoon Keynote: Stephen Owens

Conference Speakers:

  • Stephen Owens, President, Swire Properties
  • Pat Carroll, Founder & CEO, Carroll Organization
  • Brian Earle, Partner, ARES Management
  • Chris Aiken, Director, Blackrock
  • Steven DeFrancis, Chief Executive Officer, Cortland Partners
  • Michael Lynd, CEO & CIO, Lynd Development Partners
  • Callum Parrott, Executive Managing Dir. – Southeast/Florida, Mill Creek Residential Trust
  • Charles Davis, Regional Director, Met Life Real Estate Investors
  • James Costello, Managing Director – Americas Research, CBRE
  • Jeff Goldberg, Managing Partner, Milestone Group
  • Maxwell Peek, Senior Vice President, Waterton Associates
  • Mark Hafner, Managing Director – Investments, Greystar Real Estate Partners
  • Matt Allen, Chief Operating Officer, Related Group of Florida
  • Cristina Sullivan, Executive Vice President, Gables Residential
  • Chris Westfahl, Managing Director, Silverpeak Real Estate Partners
  • Richard Martinez, Vice President, Freddie Mac
  • Oscar Vila, Founder & Principal, Vila & Padron
  • Marc Shulman, Principal, North Beach Properties
  • Yamal Yidios Char, President & CEO, Y-Tech International
  • Tim Peterson, Chief Financial Officer, Altman Companies
  • Michael Ging, Managing Director, Alliance Residential Company
  • Zach Goldman, Director of Operations, TGM Associates
  • Peter Lewis, President, Wharton Equity Partners
  • Jay Jacobson, President, Stiles Residential
  • Charles Barrus, Development Director, Wood Partners
  • Seth Heller, Managing Member, Fortune Capital Partners
  • Jake Hollinger, Chief Operating Officer, GoldOller Real Estate Investments
  • Justin Toal, Chief Investment Officer, Fifteen Group
  • Robert Given, Vice Chairman, CBRE
  • Greg West, Chief Development Officer, ZOM
  • Calum Weaver, First VP – Private Capital Group, CBRE
  • Larry Sloan, Senior Vice President, Behringer Harvard
  • Jay Eisner, Partner, LEM Capital
  • Kinsey Sale, Asset Management, JP Morgan Chase
  • Victor Ballestas, Principal, Integra Investments