Legion Park

LEGION PARK By John Bachay France has its French Foreign Legion, the Roman Empire had its famous Roman Legion and the Miami MiMo District has Legion Park — 37 acres of green space with one historic structure, in the middle of the historic district boundaries. How did this come to be? I’m glad you asked this […]

Fashion Meets MIMO!

FASHION MEETS MIMO!  By Annalisa Damley Fashion shines its spotlight on the MiMo Historic District! Trina Turk and Julian Chang have recently opened on Biscayne Boulevard between 72nd and 76th Streets, just steps from one another. Soon-to-open Angel Sanchez is nestled in the same neck of the Boulevard. The arrival of these internationally renowned fashion […]


By Debby Stander Heads up, MiMo business owners: Did you know that the City of Miami/Department of Community Development may be able to help with the cost of restoring the facade of your commercial property? Depending upon funding availability, the City’s Commercial Façade Treatment Program can provide up to a maximum of $8,500 funding for […]


By Annalisa Damley More than 190 countries observe Earth Day and it is said to be the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by a billion people every year. On Saturday, April 23, the Upper Eastside NET Office, under the direction of Administrator Sharie Blanton, hosted a celebration of Earth Day at Legion Park. […]

General Tire Building – 5600 Biscayne Boulevard

By Rosemary Ference The construction of Biscayne Boulevard from Downtown Miami northward did not begin until 1925. The men responsible for its construction, Hugh Anderson and Roy C. Wright, partners in the Shoreland Company, had made huge investments in the Miami area. Unfortunately, the Shoreland Company was unable to complete the work, and in 1926 […]


The MiMo/Biscayne Boulevard Historic District was created by the City of Miami in 2006. It became the first commercial historic district in the City and one of the first primarily “MiMo” historic districts in the Country. Two of the many benefits available to historic buildings in the District are Federal tax credits and local property […]

The South Pacific: from Motel to Wotel 1

The South Pacific: from Motel to Wotel written by Jorge Planas The South Pacific Motel 6300 Biscayne Boulevard Year Built: 1953 Architect: Charles Giller Located at 6300 Biscayne Boulevard, the South Pacific is one of the most photographed buildings within the MiMo Historic District, from its unique and whimsical façade to the vintage neon sign. The […]

Greetings to the Community

Greetings to the Community written by Sharie Blanton I consider myself a resident of Miami first and an employee of the City of Miami second. What I expect for the Upper Eastside is the same expectation I have for my neighborhood, further south in Omni. Since arriving in the Upper Eastside NET office on December […]


NEW NET ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED TO UPPER EASTSIDE  written by Nancy Liebman  I had the pleasure of meeting Sharie Blanton, our new NET Administrator, at Jimmy’s Diner for breakfast one morning. We had a great time talking about the Upper Eastside and the MiMo historic district. Sharie also shared her ideas for her new position. I was […]

History of the Coppertone Girl Sign

THE COPPERTONE GIRL SIGN written by John Bachay As you drive south on Biscayne Boulevard through the MiMo Historic District, you see the iconic 35-foot Coppertone Girl sign proudly displayed on the north side of 7300 Biscayne Boulevard. Benjamin Green, who emigrated from Slovakia to Cleveland in 1904, invented and developed the product that would evolve […]