Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rat Pack Role Playing- Cruise the Old Strip

Remember cruising north of downtown on Biscayne Boulevard in the 50's and 60's? Passing "Motel Row" from the 50s to the 79th Street Causeway? Those brightly lit and gaudy motels made you feel like you were cruisin the strip in Vegas with Frankie and the boys!. Officially designated by the City of Miami as a historic district in 2006, the Miami Modern (MiMo)/ Biscayne Boulevard (BiBo) is Miami's sole commercial historic district. The district's shining stars are the motels along this major thoroughfare: a distinctive group of buildings illustrative of the 1950s hey-day of motor culture and the optimism and sense of prosperity that characterized the era. The MiMo/BiBo district is also home to some notable examples of other styles of historic Miami architecture, such as Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Mediterranean Revival. So hop in your cruiser, convertible or bike, tune to the oldies station, and put your best shades on. Enjoy the shopping in the area's distinctive fashion-minded stores, look for a new Eames era coffee table in the antique shops, and grab a bite to eat in the many restaurants. For more information on restaurants and shops in MiMo/BiBo, please visit this website:


Steve ("Klotz" As In "Blood") said...

What always amazes me when I see these around is their resemblance to the motels I remember from Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, NJ. Same lines, shapes, colors, even corny names like "Oasis" and "Desert Breeze."

Damn. Just grew a pimple.

Dave said...

I think the prototype for this architecture was the Vegas strip that sprouted identical mini versions of the Sands on a regular basis. Somehow every town in america mimiced this symbol of luxurious travel on a budget. That's why I like it so much, we can all relate to it no matter where we grew up. Like the proverbial street side diner of the 40s and 50s.