The City Hall Beautiful
My favourite building in Miami, bar none -- Coral Gables City Hall.
You've already witnessed my love for Coral Gables, in my previous travellogue, but I wanted to highlight this building, on its lonesome.
The people who run the City Beautiful inside this edifice are, as follows:
· Mayor Don Slesnick, II
Here's another random beef, why do American politicians add their nickname in inverted commas, to the middle of their names? Argh, it's so dopey.
I can't say anything about this group of commissioners, since I don't live near them to judge, save for the fact that in very few areas of this city, will you find only one Cuban-American name listed in the roster of elected politicians.
It's like going to Boston, and finding only one Irish name in the bunch.
The good thing about having visited the official City Hall website, is that though I didn't find out who that chap in the statue is (I'm guessing it's Coral Gables founder, George Merrick), I did find out that we are to have a new,
Coral Gables Museum
Not much is known so far, but the blurb says this:
"The Coral Gables Museum will be housed in the historic Phineas Paist Police and Fire station built in 1936. The unique W.P.A. era coral stone structure will be restored and updated to serve its new purpose and new gallery spaces will be added to produce 7,000 square feet of exhibition space."
I'm sure it will be as elegant and gracious, as the rest of the city.
BONUS SHOT: Coral Gables City Hall, from Miracle Mile, at dusk.