CRESPOGRAM REPORT
JUNE 9, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
LYING TO THE PUBLIC, ONE MISLEADING IMAGE AT A TIME
THE PROBLEM WITH THE SO CALLED FANCY STARCHITECT HIRED BY MICHAEL SIMPKINS IS THAT HE PURPOSELY CREATED IMAGES THAT ARE COMPLETELY OUT OF SCALE AND GROSSLY LACKING IN TRUTHFULNESS AS TO WHAT HIS BUILDINGS WILL ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE IF THEY’RE BUILT

Like others in the community I’ve been less than impressed with the so-called plans of local developer Michael Simpkins with his Innovation Tower that is part of a larger 4 block, nine tower “Miami Innovation District.”


My first concern, as is the concerns of many in our community who have watched Commissioner Keon Hardemon turn the SEOPW CRA into a tax increment cash register for developers, was how this deal - like just about every deal that comes out of the SEOPW CRA nowdays - came out of a back room without proper vetting or transparency.


The Commissioner, as I have previously written is hell bent on making sure that by the time he leaves office - unless folks within District 5 come to their senses and mount a recall effort to get his trickster ass out of office sooner rather than later - will have made sure that few, if any of the original folks who called Overtown home will be left living in the District. 


So as not to wander too far afield however, I want to limit this little story to the architectural renderings that have been released by SHoP Architects, and circulated far and wide by the Miami Herald and the so-called architectural and real estate blogs who collectively never seem never to see a fancy architectural rendering that hasn’t made them all moist in the underwear. 


That rendering in this case is the one I posted above.


Take a look at that image and how it purposely downplays - to the point of pretending that the billboards are just some mystical shimmer that are too insubstantial to capture - and then take a look at this rendering that Tom Falco posted on his Coconut Grove Grapevine earlier today, done by an artist named Terry Ferrer.

Which one of these renderings do you think more accurately reflects what this billboard tower will actually look like?


Which one of these two towers do you think people would say they’s rather live close to?


Which one do you think would upset folks more if they had this building outside their window 24/7? 


It’s not a mistake or an oversight on the part of the architect, the developer, or the City Commissioners for District 2 and 5 - that would be Commissioner ‘Pay To Play’ Sarnoff and Commissioner ‘I’ll show you how to sell Black folks down the river’ Hardemon - that the rendering at the top of this story is the one that they all obviously agreed was the best one to use to hoodwink the public.


SPECIAL SHAME when it comes to hoodwinking the public goes to the Miami New Times who last Friday posted a story that they titled: HERE’S WHAT THE MIAMI INNOVATION DISTRICT IN OVERTOWN WOULD LOOK LIKE, that was at best based on a press release written by Simpkins’ PR company, and at worst a cut and paste job of that press release that included this rendering.

I’m sure that someone over at Miami New Times must remember the days when a phony architectural rendering like this, on a controversial project like this one is, might have induced a writer to actually question the veracity of the renderings and the claims being made by the developer.


Alas, those days are long gone, and instead they churn out shit PR flackery and call it Alternative Journalism.


The efforts to minimize the impact of three walls of flashing, 30,000 square foot electronic LED billboards that change their image every 6 seconds through the use of these grossly misleading architectural renderings make all of the people who produced the renderings or unquestioningly touted these renderings on the pages of their newspapers and/or blogs as nothing more than lying fucks or the enablers of lying fucks.


I say that because all of you who read this know and instinctively understand this is the way that lying fucks and their sycophants operate. Lying fucks go to whatever lengths they have to to mislead the public; they operate behind closed doors; and at the end of the day they not only fuck over the public, but they do so while feathering their own nests. 


Sarnoff in particular has already cashed in to the tune of at least $30,000 in donations from Simpkins and one of his partners in this deal. And that’s just in campaign donations that are in the public record.  There are also thousands of dollars in donations made to Teresa Sarnoff’s End Homelessness Now Foundation that she refuses to make public, and there are still months to go for Simpkins to donate to Commissioners Gort and Suarez who are both up for reelection to show his appreciation for their less than stellar performance in looking out for the public’s interest on this deal.


Just remember this: if these lying fucks are willing to lie about what the billboard tower looks like in an architectural rendering, just how many more serious issues involving this project do you think they might also be willing to lie about.


It’s definitely Miami, Bitches!


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