Posts Tagged ‘Urban Beauty’

Now THIS is a Swimming Pool

2010/07/08 1 comment

While I don’t  normally go for “ostentatious”, the infinity pool  at Marina Bay Sands development in Singapore is astounding, as the architecture of the building itself is engrossing.

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Help the Little Haiti Community Garden

My good friend Jessica let me know about the fundraising efforts of the little Haiti Community Garden here in Miami.  Miami has the largest Haitian community in the US and the recent tragedy there has hit home here. The vision of the garden is children working with their families in their lots to grow edibles and to serve as another focus for community sharing.

Read up and click the link at the bottom. Take a few minutes to vote and help these people get the funding for a great project.  –Al-


Subject: Hi! It’s your old and dear friend Jessica, asking you the read this and then vote for the Little Hai

Love a good underdog story? Then vote for the Little Haiti Community Garden!

Do it…take an action…be part of something GREAT. We are up to 241 votes! That is only 301 votes away from being in the running to qualify for $25,000 in grant funds! Do you know what the garden could do with $25,000?! Holy Moly! How about start changing the economic, community and food landscape of a neighborhood in desperate need, that’s what!

So do it now. Do it because it will feel good! Do it because you believe in community! Do it because you like gardens and green spaces! Do it because the devastation in Haiti still breaks your heart, and you understand how it affects the Haitian community in Miami! Do it because you are a good person! Do it because you like kids and flowers and trees! Do it because it takes like 30 seconds, and what else are you doing right now?!

Do it because clearly you are my friend, and because true friendship means more than just ambient awareness on facebook. Friendship is real. So take a real action and vote for this garden.

I mean sheesh! 301 votes=SMALL POTATOES, especially when you think about how facebook has HALF A MILLION registered users. 301 votes is EASY. You eat 301 votes for breakfast, and then ask for more!

We can do this if we all vote for the Little Haiti Community Garden. We can do this if we share this link with our friends and empower them to vote for the garden too. Gotta love the beautiful efficiency of viral communication, especially when the cause is just so RIGHT!

June 15th is the deadline, So let’s see how fast we can get those votes! Be a part of this! Fight for it! Step up and DO SOMETHING GOOD TODAY!

Besides, it’ll make you smile, and then I’ll make you some cookies.


Let’s Use Urban Roofs More

Why are city roofs not used more often as living spaces? In congested cities where open spaces are at such a premium, I look on those huge flat rooftops and wonder why I don’t see more pavers, seats, grass. and trees.

It’s not a new concept. The rooftop gardens of the Rockefeller Center in New York City are one of the beautiful landmarks there since the 30’s.

The Galleries Lafayette is famous for its rooftop cafe offers a hiding place from city bustle. With great casual dining and some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, Morntmarte,  and Paris I rate it as a must stop for tourists.

I see downtown Miami with a restaurant tucked into every cranny where they fit. And a few restaurants where they don’t even appear to fit, a small Cuban cafe with barely enough space for the single waitress to stand as she hands out cafesitos and pastelitos to a disproportionately large crowd of rowdy talkers outside the window. And I think how cool it would be to also have rooftop cafes with trendy fare and breathtaking city views.


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