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Friday, May 24, 2013

End of an era

This photo is going around Facebook, courtesy of Channel 7, WSVN.

The Miami Herald has moved to Doral and their building on the bay is being torn down soon to put up a condo and maybe one day a huge casino. So the letters are coming down first. I guess they will be saved otherwise they would just be torn down with the building.

This reminds me of when they took the Miami News sign. I think I told this story before. As you know, The Miami Herald and The Miami News shared the building for many years after the Miami News left the Freedom Tower building, which was actually built in the 1920s for the Miami News as their production and printing facility.

Anyway, The Miami News ended operation the last day of 1989, I always resented the Herald for not buying it and keeping it going, but anyway, the sign came down.

One day, I was with my friend Ron Miller, who owned Community Newspapers, his sons, Grant and Michael own it now. Anyway, we went over to Ron's house and there in the backyard were the big metal letters that said "THE MIAMI NEWS." I picture them as blue but I remember on the building they were red, so I am guessing they were red. They sprawled all around the yard, leaning on the back fence surrounding the yard. They were huge! I want to say about 16 feet each more or less.

Ron said he had seen them in a junk yard somewhere and couldn't let them just go to scrap. I'm wondering what the fate of the old Miami Herald letters will be. But at least the Herald is still alive and well, so while the letters are classic and antique, it is only the end of the era of the building and not the era of The Miami Herald.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really hope the casino project happens.it would be a huge benefit to miami most people i know take several weekend vacations a year to vegas ow they could just have staycations instead.that building was run down already and had multiple ivestations.im all for it in the name of progress.the herald had a good run now its somebody elses turn.plus the herald is going to doral possibly the best neighborhood in miami

May 24, 2013 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doral is the best neighborhood in Miami?

May 24, 2013 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is about ill-conceived projects, loss of open space in space limited downtown and a lack of any green space implementation.

Plus, casinos like in Atlantic City can cause horribly urban blight issues...

No one stays in Miami for vacations because of the environment... the pace of life is too much! Which is why you protect the community bastions like Coconut Grove.

May 24, 2013 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

doral is not number one west kendall is by a long shot

May 24, 2013 6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only the "M" and "H" are being saved and taken to the new building in the Doral. The other letters will be destroyed when the building is torn down.

May 28, 2013 4:28 PM  

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